Social care funding must be protected like the NHS in the next Budget

Original post from Local Government Association

An extract

‘…….Social care funding must be protected in the same way that it is for the NHS in the next Budget or another crisis such as the one seen this winter will be unavoidable, local government leaders are warning today.

The Local Government Association (LGA) is calling on the Chancellor to use next month’s Budget to protect public services in England with adequate funding to ensure councils can provide services locally. In particular, the Chancellor is being urged to protect social care funding to enable councils to support the NHS and prepare for reforms starting as soon as this April.

Without adequate funding, elderly and disabled people could be left without the social care services which help them to remain independent, and stay out of hospital and in their own homes for longer. Instead, thousands could see their elderly relatives, neighbours and friends risk being left without the care they need to live independently as well as simple every day support such as washing, dressing and meals on wheels.   ………………..’


8 Lies, My Mother Told Me

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This story begins when I was a child: I was born poor.


Often we hadn’t enough to eat. Whenever we had some food, Mother often gave me her portion of rice. While she was transferring her rice into my bowl, she would say “Eat this rice, son! I’m not hungry.”
This was Mother’s First Lie.

As I grew, Mother gave up her spare time to fish in a river near our house; she hoped that from the fish she caught, she could give me a little bit more nutritious food for my growth. Once she had caught just two fish, she would make fish soup. While I was eating the soup, mother would sit beside me and eat the what was still left on the bone of the fish I had eaten, My heart was touched when I saw it. Once I gave the other fish to her on my…

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Health organisations to display inspection ratings

Public and private health and care providers will have to display their Care Quality Commission inspection results, following new rules presented to Parliament last week.

These rules, which cover GP surgeries, care homes and hospitals, mean that the ratings will need to be displayed prominently in entrances, waiting rooms and on websites.

This is designed to strengthen transparency in healthcare, with patients being able to see how services are performing and make informed choices about their care.

You can read the government’s response to the consultation into visible ratings for health and care providers.

The CQC is asking these organisations to share their thoughts on how they can make sure they are meeting these new requirements from April.

The law is expected to come into force on 1 April 2015, subject to Parliamentary approval.’

To view original article from  Department of Health Health organisations to display inspection ratings

This is transparency in the making and hopefully will be a positive move. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) already do inspect GP surgeries, care homes and hospitals and the inspection reports have always been available to view on the CQC website. But how many of us bother to check, assuming that were we aware that this was possible.

But CQC also inspect Dentists, Community healthcare services, Clinics (family planning and slimming) Home care agencies and Mental Health services, so why does it appear that these areas are not covered by the same rules.




The Coalition’s cruellest cut?

Mary Laver’s Fight for Independence: Cameron’s Cruellest Cut?


Green Party Would Save the Independent Living Fund #SaveILF from DPAC

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At a lobby held on 6th January Independent Living Fund recipients called on MPs from all political parties to save the ILF. Caroline Lucas MP who sponsored the lobby told the meeting that her party the Greens are fully behind the call to keep and re open the ILF.

Tracey Lazard, CEO of Inclusion London said: “The Independent Living Fund (ILF) was set up to enable disabled people with the highest support needs to live in independently in the community.  …………….’

The Independent Living Fund will now close on 30 June 2015 for all of the UK, however it would appear that for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland they will arrange for their own equivalent funds to start from 1 July 2015, while in England the responsibility will rest with the respective Local Authorities, but it is unlikely that the English authorities will ‘earmark ‘ any funds for the existing ILF recipients.

Without any similar funding the current ILF recipients may not be able to lead their lives with the independence the ILF funding as allowed them and for some or all, may not be able to live independently at all.

How would you feel if you were advised that the life you are leading will change and the independence you have will, most likely, be no longer available. Is this equality?

There’s more to the Learning Disability agenda than Winterbourne View

There’s more to the Learning Disability agenda than Winterbourne View by Rob Greig from blog of National Development Team for Inclusion

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Over the last few months, I’ve been increasingly coming to the view that the distressing events around Winterbourne View are having a negative impact way beyond that faced by the people and families who lived in that institution and others like it.

The Winterbourne scandal was widely perceived as having an ‘up-side’ – an opportunity to focus attention on some things that needed changing in the sector. The policy priority around citizenship and life described in Valuing People had lost momentum. Learning disability was increasingly not being seen as a priority by policy makers and services. Winterbourne View gave it that priority and (so many of us hoped) provided the opportunity to finally deal with inappropriate institutional approaches and ensure that people who challenged had the same life chances as others.   ……………….’

Best Worker I Ever Hired

Truly wonderful and how it should be, but in many instances it is not.
It is a shame that all of society does not follow this lead.

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I try not to be biased, but I had my doubts about hiring Stevie. His placement counselor assured me that he would be a good, reliable busboy. But I had never had a mentally handicapped employee and wasn’t sure I wanted one. I wasn’t sure how my customers would react to Stevie. He was short, a little dumpy, with the smooth facial features and the thick-tongued speech of Down syndrome.


Just a picture, I got from the web.

I wasn’t worried about most of my trucker customers, because truckers don’t generally care who buses tables as long as the meatloaf platter is good and the pies are homemade. The four-wheeler drivers were the ones who concerned me; the mouthy college kids traveling to school; the yuppie snobs who secretly polish their silverware with their napkins for fear of catching some dreaded “truck stop germ;” the pairs of white shirted business…

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The final judgement for the ILF

Disabled men lose high court bid to stop Independent Living Fund closure

This was the last chance to save the ILF* and now it as gone, so now it will be no more after 30 June 2015, so will the respective local authorities now come to a decision on how they will take over the responsibility on 1 July 2015.

However on the past record of these authorities do we have any trust in them, for with the austerity cuts the monies for care and support for those persons in need are reducing. Have any authorities come to a decision, I know for a fact that my own in Sheffield have not.

The persons currently receiving ILF funding for their care and support are now in a position of not knowing how this required care and support will continue to be funded, if at all from 1 July 2015. I also know that the processes that need to be enacted by the local authorities take time and I honestly believe that if decisions and practices have not already been decided upon none of these authorities will be ready by 1 July 2015.

Care and support can not be stopped and then recommenced in the future, because what is going to happen to the persons concerned, as they need the care and support for their own survival.

Over the last years we have seen many care scandals emerge, Winterborne*being only one, will this be the next.

Without the care and support, safeguarding concerns will arise, if they are not already with the cuts already being in process.

What will happen to those who can not live without the care and support, is pain and suffering with death the ultimate result the way of the future. Will the current Government and also the local authorities really allow this to occur?

Will this be the scandal to out do all scandals?


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The Ups and Downs of Autism

AUTISM COLUMN: Why parents of autistic children have some of the highest heating and electricity bills  from Crawley News.

An extract ‘IN her monthly column, Maria Box, who lives in Pound Hill, shares the ups and downs of life with her autistic son Ryan. ……..’

This is a great article and while, initially the comments are relating to utility costs, it expands into how the family have to contend with the ups and downs of caring and supporting a family member with autism.

How many of us would be able to undertake this 24/7? But is it a matter of choice, for your family comes first and if you do not do it who would?

However, the autistic spectrum is vast and is only but one of the many conditions relating to learning disabilities and each one having themselves an extensive spectrum. In many cases the persons will have not just one condition but a varying number. While each condition will have its own defined traits, the persons concerned are individuals and as such, it may be that no one person will be exactly like any other in how their conidtions affect them.

This creates many problems when dealing with the respective professional bodies, such as Social Services*, education, health and so on. But these bodies like to label and fit people in boxes, so to speak. For this to be managed easily its requires a level of conformity, which in many cases, if in deed any, will not be always possible. This requires a great deal of flexibility, listening, understanding and more from these bodies, which many are reluctant to do. When this is in conjunction with the current austerity cuts being imposed on many of these bodies by the Government, it makes this reluctance even more so, thereby creating even more pressure on the families concerned.

Many of the general public are unaware of the issues families have regarding relatives with learning disabilities, autism and other conditions and for many solely rely on the messages emanating from Government and many of the media. So, many of the public, unfortunately link disability, with fraud and scrounging which is certainly not so for the majority. These families provide this care and support 24/7, not only during the childhood years of their relative, but well into adulthood and beyond and many receive no monetary benefit for doing so. But the pressures on these families is great and without the required assistance from the respective bodies, many of the members in the family will be at a greater risk of health problems and others.

With articles such as the one above from Crawley News, lets hope the message is far reaching for what, how, when and why families do needs assistance so they can provide the essential care and support for their relatives  No they should not be classed as scroungers, as they are far from it, as they are saving the country money, for the care and support has to be provided and it would cost far more if the state had to provide it all.


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Making it easier for carers to get government help

Making it easier for carers to get government help* from Gov.UK

An extract ‘A new digital application system means that carers can now apply for their allowance at a time that suits them.

The new online Carer’s Allowance application system has launched today, in a move that is already transforming the lives of thousands of carers across the country.

Carer’s Allowance is a benefit for people who are looking after someone with substantial caring needs. 240,000 people in the UK claim the allowance each year, and until now, they were forced to do this via the post or by using an outdated online system which was difficult to complete and had low take-up.   ………………….’


An extract ‘You might be able to get Carer’s Allowance if all of the following apply:

  • you’re 16 or over
  • you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone
  • have been in England, Scotland or Wales for at least 2 of the last 3 years
  • you normally live in England, Scotland or Wales, or you live abroad as a member of the armed forces
  • you’re not in full time education or studying for more than 21 hours a week
  • you earn less than £102 a week (after taxes, care costs while you’re at work and 50% of what you pay into your pension)……..)

‘……………You might not get Carer’s Allowance if you already get one of these benefits:

  • State Pension
  • Bereavement Allowance
  • contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance
  • contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Industrial Death Benefit
  • Maternity Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • training allowance
  • Unemployability Supplement – paid with Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit or War Pension
  • War Widow’s or Widower’s Pension
  • Widowed Mother’s Allowance
  • Widowed Parent’s Allowance
  • Widow’s Pension

You should still apply for Carer’s Allowance even if you get these as your benefits might be increased.  ………………’

If you are entitled to Carer’s Allowance it is a taxable benefit*and so you need to declare you are in receipt to the HM Revenue and Customs* and when you obtain state retirement pension age* and commencing receiving your state pension, the Carer’s Allowance payments will cease to be paid but your eligibility will still continue.

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