An amendment seeks to decriminalise minor offences and have some cases settled outside court.
This is so true, but again the emphasis is on the elderly and care homes. While this is, indeed a vital area within the care industry, it is not the only one.
The home care market, with supported living, will be, most likely larger than the care home market, but is hardly ever mentioned.
Home care, in many instances id for a lifetime much longer than the years in respect of the elderly.
All these persons, whether they be elderly in care homes or other persons requiring care within their own homes are vulnerable and without good quality and quantity of care staff they will not receive anywhere near a reasonable life.
One of the main problems is the complete lack of respect and care the current Government have with the care industry and the complete lack of funding they provide for care to just stand still, let alone increase with more disabled people needing care, people living longer and more complex needs.
The whole care industry is regressing due to the lack of funding, which then has a bearing on the quality and quantity of staff within the profession.
It appears that people believe that anyone can be a paid carer and to a large extent that may be true, but to be a good quality paid carer it is not. Any carer needs to be very understanding, have respect for the persons they are caring for and treat them with dignity. Some paid carers believe that they are incharge when it should be the persons they are caring for whose choices should be respected.
If the Government does not provide the sufficient funding and local authorities then apply this funding correctly, the care industry to a large extent may not last the year through.
This will then increase the safeguarding aspects and no one gain anything.
As to Brexit, the ability of persons coming from outwith the UK needs to be maintained as threr is already a shortage of people in the paid carer industry to accommodate the current needs of care let alone the increases that are and will be coming through.
This evening there has been a debate in the House of Commons regarding community toilet facilities for those with disabilities, including Changing Place facilities. The general consensus was that more needs to be done to include these facilities. I’ve included a link, the debate starts at 20.24, and I do get a mention 🙂
There has been much cause to celebrate the new 2030 Agenda; the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a huge step forward when compared to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in many ways. We at CBM are delighted that disability is explicitly named within the 2030 Agenda, as persons with disabilities were excluded and invisible in…
The United Nations has given the European Union (EU) just 12 months to explain how it will introduce long-awaited legislation to improve the accessibility of goods and services across its member states.
The call came after the EU was examined by the committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD), the first time it has been grilled by any UN human rights committee.
The committee said it was “concerned” that a European Accessibility Act had not yet been adopted by the EU.
It was just one of nearly 100 observations and recommendations on the EU’s progress in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), made by the committee following a two-day examination that took place last month in Geneva.
The committee’s section on “positive aspects” of the EU’s work took up just two paragraphs.
This week’s report was critical of the EU’s failure to carry out a major review of how its laws take account of the UN convention, or to produce a strategy on implementing the convention “across all its institutions”.
It called on the EU to introduce a “cross-cutting, comprehensive review of its legislation”, to involve organisations of disabled people in this work, and to adopt a strategy on implementing the convention, which should have “an allocated budget”, a timeframe, and a means of monitoring its progress.
The EU has been given just over three years to report back on how it has implemented most of CRPD’s recommendations.
CRPD also said it was “concerned” that the EU had failed – through a proposed equal treatment directive that has not yet been introduced – to “explicitly” ban disability discrimination, and introduce duties on states to make reasonable adjustments in areas such as benefits, healthcare, education and the provision of goods and services, such as housing, transport and insurance.
The report – Concluding Observations on the Initial Report of the European Union – also includes strong criticism of the impact of EU austerity measures on disabled people.
The committee expressed “deep concern” at the “disproportionately adverse and retrogressive effect” of EU austerity measures on disabled people’s standard of living, and called for it to take “urgent measures” to prevent “further adverse and retrogressive effect”.
It said it was “concerned” that austerity measures had led to cuts in social services and community-based support.
Among other recommendations, the report calls on the EU to “develop an approach to guide and foster deinstitutionalisation”, and criticises the use of European Structural and Investment Funds to re-develop and expand residential institutions, rather than using such funding to improve support for disabled people in local communities.
It also expresses concern that many disabled children and adults are unable to access “inclusive quality education”, and says the EU should take action to ensure it meets its obligations on inclusive education.
Yannis Vardakastanis, president of the European Disability Forum, said the publication of the report was “a historic moment”.
He said: “People with disabilities across the European Union have been hit hard by austerity, and face increasing poverty and marginalisation.
“Today, the UN expert committee has recognised this, and has provided a powerful and comprehensive set of recommendations to the EU.
“This gives a strong mandate to the EU, including all its institutions and agencies, to fully address the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all of their work.”
He praised the EU for becoming the first regional body to sign up to UNCRPD, but he added: “It can also be a leader in the implementation of the convention.
“We, as EDF, will continue to work hard with our members and allies to promote these recommendations so that 80 million Europeans with disabilities will feel the benefit of the convention directly in their lives.”
News provided by John Pring at www.disabilitynewsservice.com