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Parliamentary Committee launches Inquiry into funding and quality of Adult Social Care

On 9th June the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee announced the launch of an inquiry into the financial sustainability of local authority adult social care and the quality of care provided.

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This inquiry will, in essence examine whether local authorities have enough money to meet their statutory duties under the Care Act. It is prompted by demands from non-governmental organisations such as the Centre for Welfare Reform, and by warnings from worried local authority representatives.
The Committee Chair Clive Betts MP explained: “Adult Social Care provides a lifeline to some of the most vulnerable people in society but is coming under increasing pressure as a result of growing demand and declining local authority budgets. Our inquiry will look at the financial sustainability of this care and support to see what can be done to allow councils to continue to meet their legal obligations for future generations.” Continue reading

All Party Parliamentary Group for Disability seeks responses to inquiry into ‘the disability employment gap’

appgWe have been notified via emails and postings from Disability Rights UK and other charity groups that the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Disability is inviting written submissions, addressing some key questions and themes to inform its inquiry “How the Government can fulfil its pledge to halve the disability employment gap”.

The deadline for responses is Monday 4th July 2016.

Note:  this inquiry is by the APPG on Disability (there is a separate APPG on Learning Disability), but persons with a learning disability, their parents, family or carers, may have relevant experience of or opinions about employment.

Here are full details of the questions being asked, and the instructions for submitting a response: Continue reading

Department of Health Consultation and Survey on Support for Carers. Have your say now…

consultationThe Department of Health has announced an important new consultation: How can we improve support for carers? Details here.

“We think that we need a new strategy for carers setting out how we can do more. One which reflects their lives now, the health and financial concerns they have, and gives them the support they need to live well whilst caring for a family member or friend. To help us develop the strategy, we want to hear from carers, those who have someone care for them, business, social workers, NHS staff and other professionals that support carers.”

The DoH is asking individuals and groups to respond to an online survey. It is also accepting written responses. Closing date is 30th June 2016.

Full details and documentation are available from the consultation web-page. Continue reading

Disability Benefits Consortium launches survey on move from DLA to PIP

The survey dbcis introduced as follows:

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Housing and Support Alliance seeks family carers to complete survey on children and housing

surveyThe following is reproduced from the H&SA website, and is also in emails which H&SA has sent to possibly interested parties. The answers H&SA receives in these surveys will influence what is subsequently published in NHS-endorsed guides and videos. Please consider completing the online survey for families…

 

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Care Quality Commission Consultation: public events

Care Quality Commission consultation on future of health and adult social care regulation

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will soon be carrying out the final stage of consultation on its strategy for 2016-2021.

The strategy will set out our proposals for developing the way it works  to make sure it is flexible and responsive to the changing health and social care landscape, and continues to serve the interests of people who use those services. Continue reading

Green Paper aiming to give people ‘more rights’.

Care Minister Norman Lamb has launched the “No voice unheard, no right ignored” programme to strengthen the rights of people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions and ensure they get the best care possible. “no voice unheard, no right ignored” will ask for people’s views on a range of proposed measures, such as the right to challenge decisions about their care, the right to be treated close to their home and family and the right to design and control their care and support.

The consultation which will run for 12 weeks, aims to help people to live independently with greater input, more rights and more control over their own lives. Continue reading

IPCC considering discrimination involving the police. Disability Rights UK wants your views/experiences.

The following was received in an email from Disability Rights UK. If you feel you could help, please follow the contact guidance.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) will be producing new guidelines for police in 2015 on how to handle discrimination complaints. The IPCC has asked Disability Rights UK to feed into this work by gathering some examples of disabled people’s experiences of discrimination involving the police.

We think that it is vitally important for the IPCC to hear real stories, directly from disabled people, about how they have been affected by discrimination or bad service from the police. So if you have an experience of poor treatment from the police, we want to hear from you. Continue reading

Equality and Human Rights Commission consults on UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

UNCRPDThe Equality and Human Rights Commission has just published a report on how the UK is putting the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into practice, and is seeking ‘feedback’ from interested parties.

You may wish to read the report and then decide if you have anything to contribute. The report is (comparitively) short at 53 pages and available  Continue reading

CLD founded. Website goes live. Petition seeks Select Committee enquiry.

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Campaign for the Learning Disabled (CLD) has been founded by Rosa Monckton and Julia Hewerdine. It’s website went live on 29th October.

CLD is now seeking signatures to its change.org petition to minister Norman Lamb, seeking a Select Committee enquiry into residential home closures. Continue reading

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