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Age UK report calls for urgent action, including cash injection in spring budget and development of long-term plan Social care in England is at risk of imminent collapse in the worst affected areas unless urgent steps are taken to address the crisis engulfing the sector, Age UK has warned. The charity’s latest report on the healthcare of older people calls for a cash injection into the adult social care system in the spring budget and the development of a long-term solution to a problem that will otherwise become more acute. Analysis previously published by Age UK suggests almost 1.2 million people aged 65 and over do not receive the care and support they need with essential daily activities such as eating, dressing and bathing. That figure has shot up by 17.9% in just a year and almost by 50% since 2010, with nearly one in eight now living with some level of unmet need, it says. Age UK’s charity director, Caroline Abrahams, said the report makes for “frightening reading”, adding:

Source: English social care system for elderly facing ‘complete collapse’ | DisabledGo News and Blog

We interview disability rights activist Simon Stevens, who has cerebral palsy, about campaigning to make disabled people heard.

Source: We talk to a disability rights activist who’s not afraid to make his voice heard

National charity call follows the publication of NAO report, which highlights the failure of the ‘Better Care Fund’

Source: Sense calls for urgent investment into social care and new approach to health & social care integration | Care Industry News

Charities provide an essential service within their charity remit. At times this is the only lifeline which is available to the vulnerable persons which the respective charity supports.

Most persons will know the major charities who often contact people direct after you have completed one of their surveys, some other link or made a donation. But there are many local charities who do not do this and funding is required for them to exist. In many instances if these local charities did not exist, then their client group would suffer, especially now due to Government cuts to local authorities.

My own area is care and support for persons with Learning Disabilities and /or Autism and I do only support one charity in Sheffield, UK, which is there especially for adults and children with Learning Disabilities. Funding from our local authority within this area direct to charities is virtually non-existent due Government funding cuts. Some persons with Learning disabilities are in receipt of Direct Payments which are there to fund a range of needs which have been identified from an Individual Needs Assessment and the resulting Support Plan. In many instances these Direct Payments will not only cover their personal care needs, but also their needs within the community, so they can access safe environments away from their safe home environment.

We all need to access our community, but when your vulnerability is is increased due to your learning disability, the only outlets could be day centres where staff are trained in care, safeguarding, enabling mobility, providing recreational stimulus, emotional supports and many others. Local charities will provide some or all of this and they do need your support to continue to provide there essential services, for if they do not many of these persons with learning disabilities will not be able to live a reasonable life.

So I look forward to the these contactless Charity collection boxes to be made more generally available within the very near future.


A major trial found members of the public donated three times as much to charity when asked to pay with their card.

Contactless charity boxes are set to be widely introduced after a major trial found members of the public donated three times as much when asked to pay with their card.

Organisations including Oxfam and the NSPCC have trialled boxes fitted with the wireless receivers in recent months, meaning the old excuse of “sorry, no change” is no longer an option.

It comes in response to fears about the rise of the cashless society cutting off a lifeline for charities. Cash payments are declining rapidly in Britain thanks to contactless technology, which allows shoppers to quickly pay for a coffee or sandwich simply by tapping their card up to a limit of £30.

“Previously, many people have said they would like to donate even though they no longer carry…

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strategy. Perhaps someone working within the English NHS has a better idea.In any case, a future Labour government will restore the publicly-funded

Source: If GPs disaffiliate from the NHS, how about forming CHARITIES, to thwart Theresa May? | Vox Political

National disability charity backs calls for urgent cross-party review to address sustainability of social care sector National disability charity, Sense, has welcomed calls from three Commons committee heads for an urgent cross-party review to find a sustainable solution to the current social care funding gap ahead of the next spending round. The social care sector is currently running at a substantial deficit, which is estimated to hit £2.6 billion per year by 2020. Sense, who supports deafblind people and those with complex needs, has been calling on the Government to deliver urgent funding to plug the sector’s unsustainable gap and help protect the future of the vital social care services. Richard Kramer, Deputy CEO of disability charity Sense, said: “The stark warnings on the fragility of the social care sector are finally hitting home and we welcome the call for a cross-party review tasked with finding a sustainable solution to this growing crisis ahead of the next spending round.

Source: Sense Supports Cross-Party Social Care Review | DisabledGo News and Blog

‘Susan George, president of the Royal School for the Blind, told the BBC the charity was “saddened to hear of former pupils having such memories of their time at the school”.

She added: “Such behaviour [as the former pupils allege] would not be tolerated in any school today.”’

The point is that although it would not be tolerated in any school today, it should not have been tolerated then.

However, in the 50s there was a atmosphere of fear in many schools and pupils were not as enlightened as they are today.

No child should be scared to speak out, but in the 50s they would never have been listened to and some are still not listened to today.

There are still many aspects that are not right today, however, the enlightening of childrens understanding and the understanding of staff and other authorities is welcomed and needs to be encouraged.

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A group of blind and vulnerable people have said they were physically and emotionally abused as children by their special primary school’s headmistress.

Six former pupils of The Royal School for the Blind in Liverpool have told the BBC about abuse dating back to the 1950s when some of them were just five.

The headmistress at the time, Margaret McLenan, has since died.

The school said it was “saddened” to hear the allegations and said such behaviour would not be tolerated today.

The six former pupils have never before spoken publicly about their experiences at the boarding school in Wavertree, which accommodated pupils from across the north-west of England and the Isle of Man.

The alleged abuse has also never been reported to, or investigated by, police.

There is no suggestion any of it was of a sexual nature.

Victims described how being beaten and shamed deprived them of their…

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Theresa May and her new vision, this is the health service today, how will the new vision bring about change, remove Jeremy Hunt for one and replace with a competent person, that is if there is one within the Conservative establishment.


The shocking statistics comes as overflowing A&Es were brought “to their knees” prompting the Red Cross to step in and warn of a “humanitarian crisis”

Thousands of hospital beds have been lost under the Tories (Photo: Universal Images Group)

Thousands of spaces in NHS hospital bed have been lost under six years of Conservative rule, according to official statistics.

Figures show there are 101,589 acute hospital beds, 7,301 fewer than in 2010.

There are fears planned £20billion NHS savings in the next five years will mean even more beds are closed.

Even though a steady population rise and care in the community failing the elderly mean demand for beds will rise.

The UK already has one of the lowest levels of hospital beds in the EU, 2.8 per thousand people compared with 8.6 in Germany and 6.2 in France.

David Cameron’s Conservative Government failed the NHS (Photo: Daily Mirror)


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On the face of it this appears to be good news for disabled, vulnerable and the poor.

However, what we have seen so far, does not go along with this rhetoric, for changes will need to come to the welfare systems, local government spending and health to make these more in line with the needs of the persons concerned.

In other words, a complete u-turn on Conservative policy for at least the last 40-50 years.


Theresa May has revealed her vision for “the shared society” as she declares that government has a duty to intervene and correct “burning injustices” in modern Britain .

Writing exclusively for The Telegraph, Mrs May says that government should not just “get out of the way” and insists there is “more to life than individualism and self-interest”.

The article gives the most detailed insight into Mrs May’s social reform agenda since she took office and reveals a deliberate attempt to break from her Tory predecessors.

David Cameron’s “big society”, which focussed on getting charities to help tackle inequality, and Margaret Thatcher’s claim there is “no such thing as society” are both rejected.

In its place the Prime Minister outlines an unashamed pitch for why governments should intervene in markets that are not giving consumers the best deal.

“It goes to the heart of my belief that there is more…

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