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Please read this this press release from ADASS which summarises the result of the survey.
The depressing fact is that “… less than 7 per cent of Directors feel at all optimistic about the future financial state of the local health and care economy in their own area”. It is not surprising Directors are “finding it increasingly hard to implement planned cuts in practice”.
Last minute changes to Better Care Fund guidance, announced this week by minister Jeremy Hunt, saw the Department of Health insert a threat to review funding allocations for councils that fail to meet targets to cut delayed discharges. ADASS reacted angrily, accusing the government of imposing “completely unacceptable” conditions on councils getting a share of £2bn of extra social care funding and saying that the new conditions damaged the ability of councils to plan for the future. This development is described in detail in an article in Community Care online entitled “Government changes to care funding guidance ‘unacceptable’”.
There are sure to be further developments around social care funding in the coming months, and Rescare will keep you updated…
Project Art Works is familiar to us here at Rescare – because i) the son of one of our trustees participates in its activities, and ii) one of the regular speakers at the ‘Autism a Hands on Approach’ conference, held annually here in Stockport, also has two sons sons who attend.
Project Art Works describes itself thus: “Project Art Works explores and promotes new practical and philosophical approaches to the meaningful involvement of people who have complex impairments in visual art activity that finds its way into mainstream programming and is of exceptional quality in its concept, aesthetic and production. Based in Hastings, UK we collaborate on a wide range of regional and national projects. Our work aspires to excellence in contemporary visual art and is uniquely positioned to bridge the social care and cultural sectors in ways that promote sustainable relationships and bring people with complex needs into the heart of social and cultural life.”
This news posting has been created in haste (Cut&pasted from Facebook).
1) If anyone can help with information, please do so.
2) Let’s hope we can update this post with some good news
One of Rescare’s founders, and current Honorary Vice-President, has featured in local and national news after the loss of his four war medals. Here are the reports on BBC and ITV News: http://www.itv.com/…/blind-war-veterans-tearful-appeal-ple…/ and http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-40371153 . Just to repeat, anyone with information should contact the charity Blind Veterans UK on freephone 0800 389 797.
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
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.