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The Queen’s Speech, which lays out the government’s legislative plans for the next two years, also makes no mention of reintroducing fox hunting or plans to scrap school lunches.

Source: Theresa May axes unpopular polices from the Queen’s Speech | Daily Mail Online


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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A former health secretary has been brought in to chair Norfolk and Waveney sustainability and transformation partnership, amid concerns about its progress and credibility.

Source: Former health secretary to chair struggling STP | News | Health Service Journal


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


As Jon Ossoff sprang into a campaign office on the eve of the most closely watched – and costliest – special election in history, there were few clues on the 30-year-old’s face that he had been shaking hands and banging on doors all year.

His Republican opponent, Karen Handel, a former state official, has been trying to use the Democrat’s youth and lack of experience, against him. But Mr Ossoff, who once studied at the London School of Economics, hopes it will help him win a congressional contest that is being watched around the world. If he does emerge as the victor, it would be the first time a Democrat has won Georgia’s 6th congressional district in four decades.

“Thanks for being here today everyone. The work you’re doing here today is the most important in the campaign,” he told his supporters. “Because, it’s all about turnout. It’s going to come down to the wire.”

Source: Georgia special election: Democrats bidding to humiliate Donald Trump in historic vote | The Independent


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


An attorney for President Trump was adamant on Sunday that the president is not under investigation, despite the president’s tweets this week referring to one.

Source: Trump Attorney: The President Is Not Under Investigation – NBC News


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


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

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