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Although Frances Ryan is correct regarding the systematic erasure of adults with disabilities (Social care is not just about the elderly, 10 February), she misses the point as to the legal intention of David Mowat’s statement. The last group of disabled people in plain sight but relegated to non-existence except during Red Nose Day are of course disabled children and their carers, usually parents and family. Parents have a statutory duty of care towards their children, which adults do not have towards other adults, hence the government’s need to make it more palatable for adults to care for their elderly relatives. There is the perception that parent carers of disabled children, and their children, get the lion’s share of the care system. This is untrue. In fact, the opposite is true. It is disabled children who have lost out completely to adult care, with families and children being abandoned by the state, and indeed wider society, who view disabled people – adults and children –

Source: The social care system is failing too many | DisabledGo News and Blog


Across the world up to 1.2 billion people live with some sort of disability, it is estimated. That’s equivalent to the population of China. In the UK, it is thought that some seven million people of working age have a disability, which all adds up to an awful lot of spending power. Latest figures from the UK’s Department of Work and Pensions estimate that this spending power, the so-called “purple pound”, is worth £249bn to the economy. So what should businesses be doing to try to get a share of this money? That’s what we’ll be asking during Disability Works week from the BBC’s business and economics unit. We’ll be looking at how businesses work with people with disabilities and how disabled people have made business work for them. Challenging stereotypes I gradually began to lose my eyesight when I was in my teens so I understand the difficulties for disabled people getting into work. I’ve been a producer in the BBC’s business and economics unit for nearly nine years. I’m keen to

Source: Disability Works: Breaking down barriers in business | DisabledGo News and Blog


The process of exiting the European Union (EU) could worsen the social care crisis if the UK government does not protect access to personal assistants (PAs) from EU countries, disabled peers have warned. They told a work and pensions minister that uncertainty over the “Brexit” negotiations with fellow EU members was leading to “terrible uncertainty” among the thousands of disabled people whose PAs are citizens of other EU countries. But peers heard that there was not a single mention of disabled people or disability in the government’s white paper on Brexit. The disabled crossbench peer Baroness Campbell told the Lords debate on the impact of Brexit on disabled people – secured by the Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Scott – that she had employed PAs from at least 10 EU countries in the last 25 years. Baroness Campbell told fellow peers that other disabled people who employed PAs had told her that the pool of potential employees was “drying up”, while demand continued to rise, which

Source: ‘Hard Brexit’ could see disabled people lose right to independent living, say peers | DisabledGo News and Blog


Some elderly may be able to fund their own care, that is until their finances have dwindled to NIL and they will be doing so now. However, what about the elderly that have been in low paid jobs and have not been able to create a financial surplus during their working life, at times only being able to scrape by.

In all this what about the people with disabilities and find it impossible to obtain work, for in the main the work or understandable and knowledgeable employers are few and far between.

This all assumes that the persons with disabilities have the capacity not only to do work, but also to understand the concept of work. There are many with learning disabilities, who are alive today mainly because of the advances in medical science for in years gone by they would most likely not have advanced into adulthood. So, they will never have the opportunity to save and amass any monies to provide for their care throughout their entire life. So if these threats come about how will they survive.

DWPExamination.

The warning signals a “culture shift” in policy to make people realise they will have to foot the bill for their care in later life rather than relying on the state. A senior government source said the principle responsibility for looking after people when they are frail and elderly will be “themselves, their own finances and assets”.

In 2015, the Conservative Party fought the General Election with a key manifesto commitment to introduce new rules designed to prevent older people from having to sell their homes when they go into care. However, within weeks of winning an outright majority, the Conservatives announced that the introduction of a lifetime cap on care costs in England – which was set at £72,000 for people above state pension age – was being deferred until 2020.

Now fresh doubt has been cast over whether the cap will ever come into force. The source said…

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The debate focuses on the elderly, but hundreds of thousands of people of all ages are made to suffer because the vital help they need is being cut. ‘In most discussions on social care, disabled pe…

Source: The social care crisis hits disabled people hard. So why are they forgotten? : Guardian. – DWPExamination.


No matter what your age, ability or disability,Yorkshire Sport Foundation’s ‘Better with Friends’ scheme can help find a sport or activity that suits your needs

Source: BETTER WITH FRIENDS | DisabledGo News and Blog


DWPExamination.

Campaigners have warned more than 40 NHS primary care organisations across England that policies which could see service-users with complex healthcare needs forced into institutions are a breach of disabled people’s human rights.

Despite the warning, the Department of Health last night (Wednesday) refused to say if it had any concerns about the policies on NHS continuing healthcare (NHS CHC), or whether they complied with its own guidelines.

Research on the policies, published last week by disabled campaigner Fleur Perry, showed at least 44 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) – and probably many more – would be willing to move disabled people with high-cost support packages into residential or nursing homes against their wishes.

Perry, who edits the website Disability United, is herself a recipient of NHS CHC.

Her research, using freedom of information requests, showed that the 44 CCGs had drawn up policies containing “concerning” phrases that suggested they…

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Atos appears to be committing a crime against the disabled and sick with the connivance of the Government and the Department of Work and Pensions. A theft of needed benefits to maintain a reasonable life.

If the same degree of actions were metered to Foreign Aid how much would be paid out.

DWPExamination.

BEDRIDDEN, disabled and vulnerable Britons are having their benefits slashed by the Government on the word of “unqualified” staff working for a “target-setting” French data company.

Express.co.uk has obtained new figures showing every week more than 800 Britons are being stripped of disability benefits or having them cut in half, often leaving them too sick to work, too poor to support themselves and too frightened to fight the decisions.

The assessment process carried out by Atos Healthcare, an arm of French data company Atos, has been described as “disgusting” and “shocking” by those who have been put through the “brutal” tests and MPs across political parties.

And while our own elderly and infirm face a barrage of humiliating tests and frightening challenges to their honesty, Theresa May’s Government bends over backwards to supply foreign aid to nations led by cruel dictators and considers tests to the honesty of so-called ‘child…

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For the majority of us planing an outing is not that difficult, but when a disabled person and especially a disabled person using a wheelchair, this can be a minefield.

you need to double check everything and then you can not be guaranteed that all will go to plan. For all transport needs to be adequately accessible and so do the venues and this includes the toilets. What can be stated as being accessible is many times not correct. This may not be intentional by the transport providers and the venue operators, but mainly through their ignorance of the different aspects of disabilities and the varying requirements.

Even if all are suitably accessible will there be a sufficiency of the numbers available. Bus seating being only one example for there will only be one space available and this could be already taken by standing passengers or passengers with prams, who may be reluctant to move from a disability space and I believe that there is no lawful requirement for them to do so, just respect for the disabled person or persons.

Until there is a lawful requirement to provide full disability access and the educating of the Government, business and the general public there can be no full equality for people who are disabled, for the Equality Act is not sufficient.

 


A few years ago I met friends at a restaurant that had been getting great reviews. I triple-checked that they had wheelchair access (their website made no mention of access) and was assured that they did. Google Street View – I’d checked – showed a mammoth step, but they promised me a ramp. The ramp, as I found when I arrived, was a hastily arranged plank of wood, which they were hoping to shunt me up. Failing that, the chef and waiters would carry me – Cleopatra-style, but without the dignity. “Don’t worry,” the manager said. “The chef is very strong.” Options limited, I reluctantly agreed.

Source: In Britain, it’s not just the train toilets that disabled people can’t get into | DisabledGo News and Blog


On the face of it this appears to be good news for disabled, vulnerable and the poor.

However, what we have seen so far, does not go along with this rhetoric, for changes will need to come to the welfare systems, local government spending and health to make these more in line with the needs of the persons concerned.

In other words, a complete u-turn on Conservative policy for at least the last 40-50 years.

DWPExamination.

Theresa May has revealed her vision for “the shared society” as she declares that government has a duty to intervene and correct “burning injustices” in modern Britain .

Writing exclusively for The Telegraph, Mrs May says that government should not just “get out of the way” and insists there is “more to life than individualism and self-interest”.

The article gives the most detailed insight into Mrs May’s social reform agenda since she took office and reveals a deliberate attempt to break from her Tory predecessors.

David Cameron’s “big society”, which focussed on getting charities to help tackle inequality, and Margaret Thatcher’s claim there is “no such thing as society” are both rejected.

In its place the Prime Minister outlines an unashamed pitch for why governments should intervene in markets that are not giving consumers the best deal.

“It goes to the heart of my belief that there is more…

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