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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I woke up one morning thinking of her and cried. I knew something was wrong. Still too stubborn to call her, I called my auntie and learned that my mother was scheduled for a biopsy because of a sizable lump in her breast. Soul connected.

I ran home to my mama. I booked a one-way flight to New Orleans, told my job that I wouldn’t be back until I knew she was ok and that they could do whatever they needed to in response. Thankfully, my board picked up the slack until I could return.

By the time my mama was diagnosed with breast cancer, I could see the lump in her breast without touching it. Like a lot of poor people, she waited until she was in significant pain before seeing a doctor. She’d never had stable health insurance before Obamacare so she always worried too much about cost.

Thanks to Obamacare she was able to stop worrying about the cost of her healthcare and focus on healing her body.

And she and I connected like never before. I stood by her side through numerous appointments. I used all the middle class lessons I’d learned since leaving home and advocated on her behalf for better care, shorter waits, more detailed information. I stood next to her every moment I could, and when doctors insisted that I needed t

 

Source: Without Obamacare we could have been saying goodbye:Daily Kos


Girls with disabilities in developing countries are effectively unseen and unheard and are often not benefiting from international efforts to improve access to education in developing countries.

Source: Still Left Behind — Pathways to Inclusive Education for Girls with Disabilities | Leonard Cheshire Disability


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


“You help someone blossom as a Shared Lives carer, and they help you blossom too. They just become part of the family…”

 

That’s the view of carer Sue Cashmore, 59 years old from Shiregreen, who has been caring for adults in her own home for around 20 years. She’s part of the Shared Lives scheme, a community-based approach to supporting adults, where ordinary people open up their home and lives to support people through respite or live-in care.

 

Three adults with learning disabilities live with Sue, along with her husband and teenage daughter, and Sue says the experience has been good for all of them:

 

“You develop relationships with people. And if they are comfortable coming to you and you enjoy having someone in your home, you just feel good.

 

“The people who we support are all independent in their own way. They don’t all need 24/7 care and they’ve got their own thoughts and feelings. They do what they want to do, and you’ve got to encourage that.

 

“You’re not just helping them though – it brings out your own personality a bit more. They bring out the best in you and you bring out the best in them. And I think my daughters are better people for having people with learning disabilities live with us – they get a better understanding of things.”

 

Sue joins Sheffield City Council in calling for more people to become a Shared Lives carer. People are given

 

Source: Call for more Shared Lives carers to help people ‘blossom’ in Sheffield | Care Industry News


Priorities.

Source: Trump tweets promo for lawyer’s Fox & Friends appearance, ignores attack on Muslims in London


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

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