India’s Disabilities Act amendment to boost businesses will dilute the anti-discrimination clauses : scroll.in


An amendment seeks to decriminalise minor offences and have some cases settled outside court.

Source: India’s Disabilities Act amendment to boost businesses will dilute the anti-discrimination clauses : scroll.in

Marcus Rashford and other black athletes have run out of patience and are forcing change | Derek Bardowell | Opinion | The Guardian


Black British sportspeople are seizing the moment to speak out about racism and poverty, says author Derek Bardowell

Source: Marcus Rashford and other black athletes have run out of patience and are forcing change | Derek Bardowell | Opinion | The Guardian

SEND 2020: What’s the current state of Ofsted local area inspections? – Special Needs Jungle


SNJ’s Matt Keer assesses the current state of local area SEND inspections across England and finds some worrying trends

Source: SEND 2020: What’s the current state of Ofsted local area inspections? – Special Needs Jungle

Marcus Rashford hits back at Therese Coffey’s blunt response to his #HolidaysWithoutHunger plea


The good news is ‘Marcus Rashford says ‘THIS is England 2020’ after expressing delight at Boris Johnson U-turn, https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/marcus-rashford-free-school-meals-boris-johnson-u-turn-twitter-a9568636.html

But the bad news is that Therese Coffey MP is still the DWP’s Work and Pensions Secretary, for her Tweet ‘“Water cannot be disconnected though.” ‘ to Marcus Rashford’s Tweet ‘“When you wake up this morning and run your shower, take a second to think about parents who have had their water turned off during lockdown” ‘

For that response she deserves to be sacked and maybe stand down as a MP.

For she is ignorant and vindictive, but then that could relate to many Tory MPs.

Govt Newspeak

The DWP’s Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey faced anger over her ‘dismissive’ reply to the footballing campaigner – whose wish still hasn’t been granted by the government.  

Marcus Rashford is embroiled in a row with the Tory welfare chief after she replied to his free school meals campaign with a “flippant” tweet.

 LIVING OFF THE FAT OF THE LAND; BUT I CAN SEE A HUNGRY CHILD WITHOUT FOOD | made w/ Imgflip meme maker

The 22-year-old Manchester United footballer renewed calls today for the government to continue its £15-a-week free meal vouchers for children over the summer holidays.

In a plea to MPs he tweeted: “When you wake up this morning and run your shower, take a second to think about parents who have had their water turned off during lockdown”.

But Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey replied: “Water cannot be disconnected though.” what a nasty reply

The DWP chief refused to budge, instead offering a £63m council fund, despite warnings of a surge in child hunger and unemployment this summer.

View original post 1,042 more words

Two-day school week for some Scots pupils after August return, MSPs told | The Scotsman


Some Scots pupils could be back in school for just two days a week when the new term gets underway in August, MSPs have heard.

Source: Two-day school week for some Scots pupils after August return, MSPs told | The Scotsman

Clear masks for caregivers mean young children can keep learning from adults’ faces : The Conversation


With caregivers’ faces covered, infants and young children will miss out on all the visual cues they’d normally get during stages of rapid developmental growth.

Source: Clear masks for caregivers mean young children can keep learning from adults’ faces : The Conversation

System For Children With Special Needs In England ‘Riddled With Inequalities’


Again the Government is not doing enough for persons with disabilities, this time, it is for children with disabilities. These children have special educational needs due to their disabilities, but the SEND system is short of funding, nothing new there.

As stated the Ministers responded with additional investment and the promise of a review of services, which is yet to be published’

But then came coronavirus and the Coronavirus Act, which suspended the need of Local Authorities to be responsible for some of their actions, or non-actions, this, at a time when Coronavirus was making matters worse.

But this is how the Conservatives Governments have been for the last 11 years or so.

Social Care has always been short of funding, well for at least the last 40 years or more, where I have been involved on a family basis.

The Governments started with austerity cuts, which have left Local Authorities short of funding for all the services they are responsible for, including Social Care.

So, there as been some form of crisis in Social care for many years, but this Government and others over the last 11 years or so have made the crisis much worse. In many instances the services in Social Care are verging on collapse.

I had seen this coming for some time and, which is why I created my petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

Recently, in March 2020 the Government announced ‘£2.9 billion funding to strengthen care for the vulnerable’ https://www.gov.uk/government/news/2-9-billion-funding-to-strengthen-care-for-the-vulnerable.

Of the £1.6 billion given to Local Authorities(LAs), it appears it was not ‘ring-fenced’ for Social Care, so not all LAs have used the total amount they received for Social Care, when £1.6 billion is well short of what is needed to bring the funding back to 2010 levels, which was then, also far short of what was required.

This Government and others since 2010 have done little, if anything for vulnerable within Social Care.

It is there essential that support for Social Care is forthcoming, so, please consider the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, by signing and then sharing

Here, below, is further information regarding the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care

https://www.dropbox.com/s/74ckd926thbrlo8/Solve%20the%20crisis%20in%20Social%20Care%205.docx?dl=0

Same Difference

Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are being failed by a system “riddled with unexplained inequalities”, according to a damning parliamentary report.

The report says many of the 1.3 million pupils in England with SEND are not getting the support they need and end up being excluded from school, damaging their education, wellbeing and future life chances.

Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, the funding crisis in SEND and shortcomings in provision were high on the political agenda. Ministers responded with additional investment and the promise of a review of services, which is yet to be published.

The new report by MPs on the public accounts committee depicts a system in which “desperate” parents fight to secure an education, health and care plan (EHCP) – a legally enforceable package of support for those most in need – which has become seen as a “golden ticket” to get adequate support.

View original post 510 more words

Coronavirus: EHCP laws temporarily “relaxed” as LAs told to just do their best – Special Needs Jungle


Coronavirus: We explain the new changes that see EHCP laws temporarily “relaxed” as LAs
told to just do their best

Source: Coronavirus: EHCP laws temporarily “relaxed” as LAs told to just do their best – Special Needs Jungle

Children’s commissioner for England: Government must revoke changes to statutory duties | CYP Now


The Children’s Commissioner for England has called on the government to revoke the “unnecessary” relaxation of regulations designed to protect the country’s most vulnerable children.

Source: Children’s commissioner for England: Government must revoke changes to statutory duties | CYP Now

Coronavirus: Disabled people are forgotten by government strategy


A spokesperson added: “We are working closely with local authorities and the food industry to maintain access and deliver essential items to those who are most vulnerable, and are clear that where possible urgent and acute care needs should continue to be met.”

Unfortunately this Government would not recognise urgent and acute care needs, because they are totally uncaring.

The most vulnerable need much more than access and delivery of essential items, but also essential services, benefits and many others.

They have brought in a new welfare system, which is worst than the previous system, just to cut much needed benefits to those most in need on the pretext the new benefits would be delivered with less cost than previously. However, this has proved to be untrue and costs much more.

They have starved Local Authorities (LAs) of funding for council services on the pretext of austerity cuts, which in turn has meant that the LAs have had to cut funding for Social Care, which has been short of funding for years.

With the Coronavirus (COVID 19) situation they included the suspension of the Care Act 2014 in the Coronavirus Bill to allow LAs to cut more services which are in much demand by vulnerable people.

There will be other ways this Government are putting forward actions to make vulnerable people worse off.

At every turn this Government is making the lives of vulnerable people unbearable, is it to ensure that vulnerable people cease to exist.

Is this, in a way, a means to an end to reduce the number of vulnerable people within the UK, thereby leaving more resource for the elite rich.

Many elderly people 75 years ago won a war against a similar Government who wished to rid their country of vulnerable people and also non-Aryans, so is this Government trying to emulate the Third Reich.

I would hope not but in Germany pre-1939 the then German Government brought in measures to isolate those who were deemed to be not Ayran, so could this Government be doing the same to those who deemed to be not rich, thereby leaving more resources to the people this Government tends to support, the rich elite.

Govt Newspeak

Disabled people are “forgotten” by the government’s coronavirus strategy, putting “lives at risk”, charities say. A cross-party group of MPs has written to the prime minister calling for a “disability-inclusive” response.

They say isolation, a lack of social care, and legislation that suspends rights to some council services could all “exacerbate” existing inequalities. The government said it was “committed to supporting disabled people through every stage of this pandemic”.

“We recognise that this is a challenging time for disabled people, especially because of the impacts of social distancing and changes to routine,” a spokesperson said.”As we emerge from this unprecedented time we will continue to work with charities and stakeholders so disabled people are at the heart of our recovery.”

But Evan Odell, from Disability Rights UK, expressed concern about the government’s approach. “They roll out a strategy – but once it’s been announced it seems up to disabled people and their organisations…

View original post 741 more words