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Local authority to pay £10,000 damages to man with learning disabilities after delay in providing sex education forced his wife to abstain from sex with him

Source: Man with learning disabilities wins damages after sex education delay


Three of six councils involved in the government’s named social worker pilot will not bid to take part in the second phase of the scheme

Source: Councils split over value of named social worker pilot


Here is a link to the full film that appeared on the Victoria Derbyshire Show, a couple of days ago. Please watch and share x

Source: Petition update · Changing Places toilets on Victoria Derbyshire Show · Change.org


A social worker discusses the obstacles she faces in securing specialist care for people with autism

Source: ‘I feel embarrassed about the delays in getting care packages’


A story indeed and I await to hear further.

On the face of it this appears to be a miscarriage of justice, as the assessment of Alison could be flawed, especially as she did not have an advocate present.

The authorities have their point of view, but have they an agenda, for can you trust the authorities. They have the power and they use it, but do they use it in the best interest of those concerned.

They are there as the experts, but experts can be wrong.

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The following true tale is the introduction into what will be a series of posts regarding a seeming miscarriage of justice and potential disability discrimination; names have been changed to protect the identities of these involved. The purpose of this post is to help the family concerned achieve real justice; please share as widely as possible.

Alison is a single parent of14 year old Adam, both live with various diagnosed and pending diagnosis health disorders including Fibromyalgia and Elhers Danos; Alison is also Autistic and symptoms suggest Adam is as well.

Due to Adams health, he found it difficult to cope with school from the beginning and despite special educational needs intervention, including one to one lessons he struggled experiencing bullying which resulted in him developing depression. These experiences became worse during Adams transition from junior to senior school, so much so that in 2015, Alison began to home educate…

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Funding cuts have pushed children’s social services to “breaking point” with action only being taken to protect youngsters once they are at imminent risk of harm, council leaders warn today. Painting a damning picture of the state of children’s social care, a report from the Local Government Association (LGA) says cuts to early intervention services have led to an “unprecedented surge” in demand for urgent child protection support.

Source: Councils forced to overspend by £600m to protect vulnerable children as cuts push services to ‘breaking point’ | The Independent


Tower Hamlets Council followed up their bold campaign to stop the ‘illegal’ sale of lemonade on the pavements with a threat to prosecute the owners of a local bike shop for selling air.

Source: Richard Littlejohn on Britain’s punishment culture  | Daily Mail Online


HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has admitted to Disability News Service (DNS) that individual PA employers have been investigated, just like large service-providers such as Mencap.

The government has publicly warned – following a high-profile tribunal ruling involving the charity – that many care workers should have been paid at least the minimum wage for the hours when they were sleeping on an overnight shift.

Many of them should now be able to claim for up to six years back-pay.

But the revelation that individual disabled people who use PAs are also being pursued by HMRC for years of back-pay is now beginning to cause alarm in the independent living movement.

In April, the employment appeal tribunal ruled against Mencap and said the charity should have been paying care workers at least the minimum wage for “sleep-ins”.

Mencap is now appealing against the ruling.

 

Source: PA employers are facing probes into ‘sleep-in’ minimum wage back-pay – Black Triangle Campaign


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  • Age UK research found 48,400 older people in care homes are paying charges
  • Its director, Caroline Abrahams, said they were ‘stealth taxes’ on families 
  • The charity said some families are being told to pay the top-up or ‘move out’  

Thousands of families are having to pay expensive ‘top ups’ for their relatives’ care home stay – even though they were told they would be getting it free.

An investigation has found that a quarter of those told their care would be free are having to pay stealth charges that can run into thousands of pounds.

Age UK said its research had found that 48,400 older people in care homes are paying the charges, which can exceed £100 a week.

This is despite the fact they have already met the tough conditions for their costs to be paid entirely by their local council.

Caroline Abrahams, Age UK’s charity director, said the charges were ‘stealth taxes’ on families, many of whom were being put in ‘horrible situations’. Pictured: A stock image of an elderly man being cared for in a home 

Caroline Abrahams, Age UK’s charity director, said…

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The state of adult social care services 2014 to 2017 presents findings from our comprehensive programme of adult social care inspections.

The report looks at what we’ve found about the quality of care across the full range of adult social care services that we regulate.

What we did

In October 2014, we formally rolled out our new inspection framework for adult social care. It includes overall ratings for each service as well as ratings in each of five key questions – whether they’re safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.

Between then and February 2017, we’ve completed over 33,000 inspections of around 24,000 adult social care locations.

We recognise there is fragility in the adult social care sector influenced by funding and resource pressures. But as the quality regulator, our focus in this report is on the quality of adult social care services and the impact that this has on people who use services.

What we found

Source: The state of adult social care services 2014 to 2017 | Care Quality Commission

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