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Inspiring stories at Scotland’s first Learning Disability Awards

The best, in not the only extensive coverage of Scotland’s newly established Learning Disability Awards was in the Daily Record.

The full report is available via this link – but perhaps we may just quote its  opening words

“MUCH is written about the struggles and challenges faced by those living with learning disabilities.

But a new awards competition is shining a spotlight on their amazing achievements instead.  Continue reading

Easy Read Election Resources

In connection with the upcoming general election, United Response (support and care provider) has made a number of resources available in Easy Read format, for people with learning disabilities. They are available from the United Response website under the theme ‘Every Vote Counts’

In view of the registration deadline, 22nd May, perhaps the first resource to be cited should be the guide Registering to Vote.

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Public Accounts Committee Report: DoH Failures in Community Support

The Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee has been monitoring  Department of Health’s efforts in moving people with a learning disability out of mental health hospitals and into the community. Two years ago the Committee found that progress had been poor but was promised improvements. It has just published its latest findings (26th April) in a report entitled ‘Local support for people with a learning disability’ , which finds only little progress.

We recommend that you start on the Committee’s official webpage, which has links to background information , to the report in full, as well as the Report Summary and the report’s Conclusions and Recommendations.  Continue reading

PIP debate delayed

An early victim of yesterday’s election announcement appears to be the promised debate on the PIP amendments, scheduled for this Thursday, which we cited in our news post of a few days ago!

The following exchange took place in the Commons yesterday:  Continue reading

Parliament and Amendments PIP Regulations: an Update

Further to our previous post, a further emergency Commons debate on the Amendments to the PIP Regulations has been granted by the government, to be held on 19th April, after MPs return from their Easter break.

The status of the debate is slightly complicated, but the (unfortunate) fact is that the Government does not have to act upon the results of the vote on the 19th – although the fact that the debate is taking place at all reflects the levels of concern and interest inside and outside the House.

The best explanatory account of the background to the upcoming debate currently available seems to be on the website of the Shadow Minister, Debbie Abrahams.

Please see the page an her website, entitled ‘PIP Regulations – Emergency Debate’  , created on 31st March.  Continue reading

Communities and Local Government Committee Report: social care funding needs urgent Government review

Just published today (31st March), the Communities and Local Government Committee’s report on its inquiry into adult social care.

Background information and links to the Report here on the Committee’s website .

Some depressing reading (Key Facts, Impact Analysis) from the Reports Executive Summary. (Read on for its recommendations).

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N v ACCG: a landmark Supreme Court Judgement on the role of Court of Protection

A significant ruling by Lady Hale yesterday in the Supreme Court is being reported and commented on today, which (if I understand correctly) will  have significant impact on how the Court of Protection undertakes its role in future.

The most important article has appeared here on the Court of Protection Handbook website under the headline “Best interests, available options, and case management before the Court of Protection – the Supreme Court pronounces”.

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PIP: MPs debate Personal Independence Payment (Amendment) Regulations 2017

Recent parliamentary business (aside from Brexit) has been conspicuous for the numbers of questions asked about disability and benefits, especially about DLA and PIP. On 16th March the new Personal Independence Payment (Amendment) Regulations 2017 came into force.

On the previous day, 15th March, an Urgent Question  from Debbie Abrahams,  Shadow Secretary of State For Work and Pensions (“To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to make a statement regarding the recommendations of the Social Security Advisory Committee on the new Personal Independence Payment (Amendment) Regulations 2017, which are due to come into force tomorrow”) allowed  Damian Green, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to state the government’s intentions, and then to reply to (a barrage) of questions from MPs.

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Law Commission’s DoLS Review proposes new Liberty Protection Safeguards

The Law Commission has today (Monday 13th March) at last delivered its report with its final recommendations to the government on replacing the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)

Community Care Online was (very) quick off the blocks to publish an article under the headline Law Commission reveals Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards replacement (with the sub-headline: Government-ordered review recommends replacing DoLS with new two-tier system of human rights protections) . So quick off the blocks that I haven’t had time to read it fully.

You can find an overview and introduction to the report on the the Law Commission website which in turn has links to the report itself (all 270 pages of it!).

Leading chambers 39 Essex Street (specialists in Court of Protection and Mental Capacity Law) will be holding a breakast briefing (sold out!) on the Law Commission proposals tomorrow in central London, from which I suspect news, blog posts etc. will emerge.

We will keep you updated. More on this very  important topic to follow, obviously…

Improving Lives: Ministers deciding ‘how best to move forward’

The government published  ‘Improving Lives’  in the autumn of 2016. This was described as ‘The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper’. If nothing else, it is worth reading the ministerial forward by ministers Damian Green (for the DWP) and Jeremy Hunt (for the DoH), and the Executive Summary.

The government then initiated a consultation: over 4000 organisations, charities (including Rescare) and individuals made submissions. Some of these submissions have been made public by their authors, and in recent days we have posted and tweeted links to them.

The consultation is now closed, and we now have ‘some’ information on when the government will publish its response…

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