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Today, within the Queen’s speech, the Government has outlined its long terms plans to address the social care crisis.

Source: UKHCA makes a response to social care proposals announced in the Queen’s speech | Care Industry News


Unfortunately disability is the generally forgotten or certainly not mentioned in many aspects of Social Care, by the Government, the Media and many other areas, but disabled people do form a substantial proportion of persons needing care and support and their unpaid carers need consideration also.

Many disabled people will need social care interaction for most of their life with a large number of them requiring this from birth. In these instances, through no fault of their own, they will not have been able to provide for their care through forms of employment and not by choice. Also for many of them they will never be able to obtain any form of employment purely due to their disability condition or more likely conditions.

It is therefore evident that should be mentioned and considered to a much greater degree than they are currently. However, will the Government and the media listen.

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Today the Government has announced the laws they plan to pass and the issues they will consult on over the next two years in the Queen’s speech.

The Queen’s speech is taking place in an unusual political context with the Conservative party having failed to secure an overall majority and still in talks with the Democratic Unionist Party over a confidence and supply agreement.

Queen’s speeches normally take place once a year but with the backdrop of Brexit negotiations, there won’t be another one until 2019, so if legislation wasn’t announced today it is now unlikely to be considered over the next two years.

The Conservative manifesto made commitments to get more disabled people into work, reduce the extra costs that disabled people face and reform the broken social care system. The need to tackle disability discrimination was mentioned explicitly in the Queen’s Speech but there was little information on…

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Alzheimer’s Society is investing in three new research centres of excellence that aim to find ways to improve quality of life and care

Source: Funding alone won’t fix the social care system | Colin Capper | Social Care Network | The Guardian


Banking interests gave politicians who voted to repeal Dodd-Frank more than $25 million over the last 2 years.

Source: The House Just Passed a Bill That Could Lead to More Bank Bailouts


When Fair Access to Care Services was replaced with the Care Act Eligibility Regulations, the aim was to eliminate the ‘post code lottery’ of provision through the introduction national eligibility criteria.

Source: Care Act funding decision exposes flaws of eligibility criteria


The UK could redirect funds from Brussels to the United Nations after Brexit.

Source: Can the UK save the United Nations from Donald Trump’s cuts?


A disabled women says she was left to sit in her own urine for nearly two hours after her plight was ignored by a healthcare professional carrying out a disability benefit assessment.

Maria Lane has spoken up about the “devastating” experience she endured during her personal independence payment (PIP) assessment, in the hope that other disabled people will not have to go through similar experiences.

She told – and showed – the assessor just 10 minutes into the assessment that she had had an accident and had emptied her bladder into her incontinence pad, and that urine was leaking into her trousers.

But she said the female assessor – who works for the government contractor Atos – “looked for a second at the pad” and then continued typing.

Atos has now launched an investigation.

For nearly two hours, she was forced to continue answering questions, with the assessor warning her whenever she failed to do so that if she did not respond she would have to return for another assessment.

Maria Lane has a number of long-term health conditions, including diabetes, osteoarthritis – which affects all of her joints and has spread into her spine – sciatica, a slipped disc, high blood pressure, and depression.

She is waiting for a major operation on her bladder, because of severe incontinence which means she has to wear pads permanently.

 

Source: Woman ‘forced to sit in her own urine for two hours’ by PIP assessor – Black Triangle Campaign


Worcestershire County Council has been criticised by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman after a care home it contracted with charged a vulnerable

Source: Care home charges for care it could not prove it had provided | Care Industry News


A JPMORGAN chief shut down Remainers for rejoicing too early over the possibly of a ‘soft’ Brexit, as she warned the European Union could still demand an all or nothing deal.

Source: JPMorgan chief shuts down Remainers for rejoicing over ‘soft’ Brexit | UK | News | Express.co.uk

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