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Overdue recognition – but the proposals come with limitations

Source: Leave to care: a first step to a fair system? | New Economics Foundation

WHAT ARE THE SOLUTIONS TO BRITAIN’S SOCIAL CARE CRISIS?

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SOCIAL CARE, INFLATION AND HOUSING: THIS MORNING’S PAPER REVIEW


United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA), a professional body for homecare providers, has released the following comments in response to proposals to set the threshold for state-funded assistance for homecare services to £100,000, including housing equity, as contained in the Conservative Party election manifesto.

A proper definition of the balance of responsibility between the individual and the state for funding social care services is an issue

Source: UKHCA’s responds to the Tory party’s social care proposals | Care Industry News


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  • Prime Minister was given rough ride during walkabout in Abingdon, Oxfordshire
  • Cathy told Theresa May that she was struggling and wanted benefits reinstated
  • Mrs May also taken to task over Help to Buy scheme being available to wealthy
  • One voter told PM she was ‘best of a bad bunch’ and May said she was ‘flattered’

Theresa May was berated over cuts to disability benefits today as she went on an election walkabout in an Oxfordshire market town today.

The Prime Minister was confronted by Cathy Mohan, who has learning difficulties, during her visit to Abingdon.

The furious voter told Mrs May that the ‘fatcats keep the money and us lot get nothing’ .

But Mrs May insisted the government was trying to focus the limited money available on those ‘in the most need’.

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Sensible logic from Poppy, but do Governments do logic let alone sensible.

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I am so happy.

Saturday was a good news day for me.

After several weeks of waiting, I finally received the two brown envelopes through the letterbox which told me how I’d done with my enforced PIP (Personal Independence Payment) application and my ESA (Employment Support Allowance) reassessment and I was successful for both Benefits.

And, further to that, a very good family friend also received her brown envelope for PIP on Sarurday as well and she’s been successful as too. Virtual High Fives all over our social media pages let me tell you – we were delerious. We both got to sleep properly for the first time in quite a while that night and we can now both breathe freely once more because we know that our finances are guaranteed for at least the next few years at any rate.

Brilliant!

But, there is something we both want to…

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Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has vowed to scrap winter fuel allowance for wealthier pensioners.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has vowed to protect the ‘triple lock’ on state pensions but says wealthier pensioners would lose their winter fuel allowance, under plans to be included in the Party’s 2017 general election manifesto.

Winter fuel allowance is a tax free payment of up to £300 a year paid to older people over the age of 65, regardless of wealth or income.

Under the plans announced today, it is estimated that around 600,000 pensioners with incomes above £45,000 a year would lose their winter fuel allowance, saving the treasury around £105 million.

Mr Farron said: “We are looking again at universal benefits paid to the wealthiest pensioners because money should not be paid to those who do not need it.

“We need to help those in need and on middle incomes and not…

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Disabled people hit by the government’s benefit reassessment programme will be able to keep their Motability vehicles for up to six months while they appeal against losing their eligibility, thanks to a new series of measures. The changes will help former claimants of disability living allowance (DLA) who lose their eligibility for the higher rate of mobility support after being assessed for the new personal independence payment (PIP), and are therefore no longer able to stay on the Motability scheme. The need for the new measures has been highlighted by new Motability figures, which show the overall number of its customers plunged by 22,000 (3.4 per cent) to 633,000 between March 2016 and the end of March 2017. This is only slightly higher than the 629,000 customers at the time PIP was launched in April 2013, despite tens of thousands of new customers joining the scheme in the last four years. Last summer, Disability News Service (DNS) revealed that Motability expected 35,000 vehicles –

Source: Minister announces new PIP flexibility on Motability… but no sign of scheme extension | DisabledGo News and Blog


The president also suggested changing the rules in the Senate to eliminate the legislative filibuster.

Source: Trump raises prospect of government shutdown to leverage better budget for GOP in fall – The Washington Post


The phrase “taking back control” will come under scrutiny like never before.

Source: This election is about Brexit – don’t kid yourself otherwise


Perfectlyfadeddelusions

I’ve been thinking about for a while, especially when I was at Maximus under the ESA WRAG programme the government and DWP felt I was capable of work. I have also seen how stretched the Mental Health Trust in my area is, and how long people have had to wait for therapy services, add to that the amounts of cuts the government has made to the services as well.

My idea is to have all the charities, businesses, and departments work together so that people with mental health problems could get help, but also bring more to NHS Trusts. I know this is something you are working on at the moment, and it is great to see that local places in the area are trying to help. Therefore a lot more people could get help during waiting for treatment from local community centres, and community therapies. As well as having…

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This current Tory Government and probably the previous Tory Governments and New Labour are promoting Government euthanasia. By this I mean they are and were creating policies that remove benefits from persons with disabilities so that they cannot survive. Therefore they are creating situations where their death is almost inevitable. In doing so they are reducing those on benefits because on death the benefits cease, if not before due the benefits for their existence being wrongly withdrawn.

Euthanasia by Government policies.

Same Difference

Scope, the charity for disabled people, tweeted an interesting number when the general election was announced. There are, it said, 13 million disabled people in Britain. Some 89 per cent have said they will vote. 

The reason that number is worth paying attention to is that if the 89 per cent are true to their word, and if they use their franchise to hold the Government to account for its brutal treatment of disabled people, it might just spell trouble for Theresa May’s dreams of a three-figure majority. 

Now, let me make one thing clear at the outset. I’m not about to say who you should vote for. Journalists too often do that. I would simply invite you to consider the Government’s record when it comes to disability.

If I were to take on the role of prosecuting ministers over that, I would struggle to find somewhere to start. So long would…

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