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Labour’s shadow chancellor has called for disabled people themselves to be given the job of designing the solution to the social care funding crisis. John McDonnell was speaking to Disability News Service (DNS) as activists from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) were protesting about cuts to social care, in parliament’s central lobby yesterday (Wednesday). He said there were two strands to finding a solution to the social care crisis: “One is more money, and two is a system that is designed by disabled people themselves.” Both he and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn supported the actions of the activists who protested in the heart of parliament, within earshot of the main Commons chamber, while there was also support from Green party co-leaders Caroline Lucas MP and Jonathan Bartley. DPAC had arranged the lobby of parliament – as part of its week of action – so activists could raise concerns with their MPs about cuts to independent living support, with campaigners coming from as far as

Source: McDonnell calls for disabled-led solution to care crisis, as DPAC occupies parliament | DisabledGo News and Blog


It is great when we all hear stories such as these, especially in the current climate of many areas of negativity.

In general the Learning Disability community may not be a vast as some other forms of disability, although there are vast numbers of persons with LD with its many related conditions and each person may be different in many ways, but the numbers of related condition and their effects are may be more vast than other disability areas.

LD is an unknown for many within the UK and its press and Government perception is not generally good, thus progressing the negativity relating to LD to the public at large. But this negativity is certainly very misplaced and this negativity needs to be urgently reversed.

While the LD community is very progressive more collective activity needs to be generated and not only between the large national charities, as there are many local independent small and relatively large charities and a vast arrange of support groups, which in the very austere financial climate are not receiving sufficient funding and in many vases no funding at all.

Now is the time for all to come together and in doing so all other related medically based charities to provide wherever possible a joint solid front to the authorities especially on a local level and with these local authorities to central government, which will eventually achieve more for us all and enhance the lives of our loved ones.

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Chris is taking part in RideLondon for Scope next weekend. When his son, Oliver, was born with an undiagnosed condition, Chris didn’t know who to turn to for support.

We had never thought about disability seriously until Oliver was born. Oliver has an undiagnosed genetic condition which has certain physical manifestations. He was born with fused fingers and he has a cleft palate. He has some other conditions and a severe learning disability but it’s quite hard to describe. If your child has Cerebral Palsy or something that has a name, then you know where to go because there are people who will support you for that.

Oliver, a young child wearing glasses, smiles

We’ve also found out that Oliver is very strongly on the autistic spectrum as well. This came as quite a surprise to us because he has a very good sense of humour. He is very naughty but not in a bad way. He…

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Social care was one of the defining issues of the general election but the vast majority of coverage concentrated on funding for elderly care as opposed to independent living for Disabled people.  However, this year for the first time, the needs of disabled young people and people with mental health support needs have been identified… Continue Reading Call on government to act urgently on independent living/social care funding for disabled pple

Source: Call on government to act urgently on independent living/social care funding for disabled pple – DPAC


Finding things we can agree on is the only way we are going to make significant change.

Source: What really matters: Let’s focus what we in the autism community can agree on | The Art of Autism


The parliamentary authorities should do far more to make the House of Commons accessible, according to a disabled MP who has faced a series of major barriers in his first weeks since being elected. Jared O’Mara, who has cerebral palsy, has had to rely on support from other Sheffield MPs to secure some of the adjustments he needs to do his job. But nearly a month into his new role, he is still having to miss some debates in the House of Commons chamber because he cannot stand for longer than five or 10 minutes and there have been no seats free. He told Disability News Service (DNS): “There has been a couple of times where I have not been able to get a seat and so I have not been able to attend. “The thing is with the Commons chamber, it is 650 MPs but there’s not 650 seats, so for busy events… there’s not enough seats for everybody. It’s ridiculous in this day and age.” He is full of praise for the speaker, John Bercow, who has given him permission to wear a tee shirt, and no tie,

Source: Disabled MP forced to miss Commons debates because he has nowhere to sit | DisabledGo News and Blog


More than a third of England’s 4,000 nursing homes are failing on safety, according to inspectors. Drug errors, lack of staff and falls were highlighted by the Care Quality Commission in its review. Safety was also a major issue in other services for the elderly and disabled, including care homes and home help. The CQC said the failings were “completely unacceptable”, as it unveiled the full findings of its new inspection regime for the care sector. The new “tougher” system was launched in 2014, amid concerns problems were going undetected. The CQC has now completed inspections for all 24,000 services in the sector, which provide care to one million vulnerable people. More than 200,000 of them live in nursing homes, which had the most serious problems. Some 37% of homes failed on safety, with inspectors noting they had a particular problems recruiting and retaining nurses. Just below a quarter of care homes and home helps were rated not safe enough, while in community support,

Source: One in three nursing homes in England ‘fails safety’ | DisabledGo News and Blog


All profits, no safety for residents, a council for you, no thoughts for the residents.

That should be criminal.

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#AceNewsReport – June.30: #GrenfellTower cladding was changed to cheaper version, reports say https://t.co/5GBac11TA0 — The Guardian (@guardian) June 30, 2017 #AceNewsDesk reports

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Six emails sent by and to an Arconic Inc (ARNC.N) sales manager raise questions about why the company supplied combustible cladding to a distributor for use at Grenfell Tower, despite publicly warning such panels were a fire risk for tall buildings.

The emails, dating from 2014 and seen by Reuters, were between Deborah French, Arconic’s UK sales manager, and executives at the contractors involved in the bidding process for the refurbishment contract at Grenfell Tower in London, where 79 people died in a blaze last week.

When asked about the emails, Arconic said in a statement that it had known the panels would be used at Grenfell Tower but that it was not its role to decide what was or was not compliant with local building regulations.

The company manufactures three main types of Reynobond panel– one with a polyethylene (PE) core, one with a fire retardant core and another with a non-combustible core, according to its website.

Diagrams in a 2016 Arconic brochure for its Reynobond panels describe how PE core panels are suitable up to 10 metres in height. Panels with a fire resistant core — the FR model — can be used up to 30 metres, while above that height, panels with the non-combustible core — the A2 model — should be used, the brochure says.

Grenfell Tower is more than 60 metres tall.

Source: Arconic knowingly supplied flammable panels for use in tower – emails | Reuters


With the weight of many years’ experience writing and advising on London’s housing and planning strategies behind me, I think it fair to say that the inferno at Grenfell Tower – a publicly owned housing block for lower-income households – represents an acute failure of government at all levels. The facts of the case are subject to a major enquiry – and new information is emerging on a daily basis. We still do not know whether the death toll is 30 or 100.

At this early stage, it is premature to attribute blame. Yet residents who have lost their homes and possessions – and in many cases their relatives and friends – are justified in their anger and their need to seek justice and redress. It is unlikely that we will see any of the parties involved admitting responsibility for the disaster. Certainly, should any charges of corporate manslaughter be laid – as Labour MP David Lammy has demanded – they would be subject to legal disputes for months and possibly years to come.

Source: Yes, the Grenfell Tower fire is political – it’s a failure of many governments


Youth were enthused by last week’s general election, but having a disability means you feel even more excluded than other young people do. We need to be part of the conversation

Source: When will our politics start to address young disabled people? | Frances Ryan | Opinion | The Guardian

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