Harry and Meghan need to know that freelance life isn’t a walk in the park | Gaby Hinsliff | Opinion | The Guardian

When royals try to be entrepreneurial or work with billionaires, it doesn’t usually go well. Still, there’s always the acting, says Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff

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Sanctioned for not being able to sign on on bank holiday Monday. Tears, frustration and rain.

The poor side of life

Today’s demo started rather hurriedly and to be honest I didn’t know if I was coming or going. This feeling was amplified because it was cold, rainy and my daughter was a bit fed up. understandable of course. But she soon settled down into our usual routine and all was well.


We are seeing a lot of new faces due to Stalybridge Jobcentre shutting. They don’t know us and what we are doing, and we don’t know them or their situations either. So we have to start from scratch, which at times isn’t easy.  But it’s a whole lot harder for them.

I started a conversation with a man who had been previously attending Stalybridge Jobcentre for his appointments. The first thing that he said to me was that he couldn’t believe how rude the front desk staff are at  Ashton Jobcentre, and how rude some of the advisors are also…

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How Far Can NHS Cuts Go?


This is the Lancaster family – Nicola and Ian have spent ten years looking after their severely-disabled child 24-7, their only break coming once a month, when he went to a respite centre for the weekend. Now the centre is closing, because there’s no #NHS money to run it – and this is not an isolated case….

Source: How Far Can NHS Cuts Go? – Paul Moss  @BBCPaulMoss

This is indeed not an isolated incident and is not only related to Children’s Social Care and health services, but also to Adult Social Care and health services.

While there are needs for those children and adults who are in need of care and are entitled to Assessments of Needs, the Carers themselves also have needs and they are entitled to their own Carers Assessments for carers of children being * The Children and Families Act 2014 amends the Children Act 1989 and for carers of adults *The Care Act 2014. Here are some Care Act Factsheets.

When it comes to funding where needs have been assessed then that need should be provided and this should not be delayed pending disputes between social services and health.

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EXCLUSIVE #Disability Discrimination means Son is removed from Home?

A story indeed and I await to hear further.

On the face of it this appears to be a miscarriage of justice, as the assessment of Alison could be flawed, especially as she did not have an advocate present.

The authorities have their point of view, but have they an agenda, for can you trust the authorities. They have the power and they use it, but do they use it in the best interest of those concerned.

They are there as the experts, but experts can be wrong.


The following true tale is the introduction into what will be a series of posts regarding a seeming miscarriage of justice and potential disability discrimination; names have been changed to protect the identities of these involved. The purpose of this post is to help the family concerned achieve real justice; please share as widely as possible.

Alison is a single parent of14 year old Adam, both live with various diagnosed and pending diagnosis health disorders including Fibromyalgia and Elhers Danos; Alison is also Autistic and symptoms suggest Adam is as well.

Due to Adams health, he found it difficult to cope with school from the beginning and despite special educational needs intervention, including one to one lessons he struggled experiencing bullying which resulted in him developing depression. These experiences became worse during Adams transition from junior to senior school, so much so that in 2015, Alison began to home educate…

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Catholic Care and Home Office v Kevin Raymond Young 14 Nov 2006 Supreme Court (St Camillus and Medomsley)

Another case of historical sexual abuse that when originally reported never got past first base. This rejection coupled with the original abuses will have created untold major problems for the abused and for then to deliberate on the Statue of Limitations beggars belief, just what is our justice systems wishing to achieve. For it should be that those who commit criminal acts should be brought to book and not orchestrate means to minimise this. There may be good cause for Statute of Limitations on some aspects, but others should be exempt especially those of a sexual nature.

The victim needs to be a major consideration as they had little or no choice in the actions committed, unlike their abusers.

cathy fox blog on child abuse

Kevin Young suffered horrendous sexual abuse as a child must have suffered again having to go through these court ordeals.

Kevin, went to Consett Police Station, when he came out of Medomsley, told them of his sexual abuse, and even showed them the ligature marks on his neck. He was told that to make allegations against a Prison Officer was a criminal offence when on licence.

Who was that callous police officer?

Kevin got on with life as best as he could and became a succesful businessman owning 22 cafes, and a large security business. But after literally bumping into his abuser in York who had become a Reverend in the United Reform Church, he went to pieces. He went from having a £2m business to a recluse, such is the effect of PTSD and mental illness following abuse.

Husband was tried in 2003 for a small fraction of his…

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Largest ever privatisation deal for the NHS agreed – more Tory corruption. (#UK #Politics #Health #NHS)

Order Of Truth

privnhsWe have exposed the government and their greedy self-serving tactics time and time again, and now one of the biggest and most obvious abuses of their power has taken place through the largest privatisation deal for the NHS yet.

After making the NHS impossible to operate through their meddling the government have initiated the privatisation of surgery, x-rays, and other diagnostic tests through the back door.

Using a little known about body called ‘NHS Supply Chain’, a highly lucrative £780 million deal has been struck with eleven companies, three of them having previously been heavily criticised, including two by the NHS regulator, for providing poor quality of care in hospitals and care homes.

The total value of the privatisation is made up of five national contracts with a maximum value of £240m, £160m, £240m, £80m and £60m – adding up to a total of £780m.

The companies include several that…

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Care services for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour

Care services for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour – National Audit Office (NAO).*


*Full report: Care services for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour

The Government has not met its central goal of moving people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour out of hospital by 1 June 2014, because it underestimated the complexity and level of challenge in meeting the commitments in its action plan.

Following the exposure in May 2011 of abuse of patients at the Winterbourne View Hospital, the Department of Health set out its action plan in the ‘Winterbourne View Concordat’. …………..’

*’“The process of moving people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour out of hospital, where appropriate, is complex and defies short-term solutions. Unless all parts of the health and social care systems work effectively together, it is unlikely to happen. NHS England has made a disappointingly slow start to this task. Although it has now increased its activity, there are formidable care, organizational and service hurdles to overcome in establishing a new model of care in more appropriate settings.”

Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office, 4 February 2015……..’


I believe it is not mentioned, but would the austerity cuts imposed by Government on Local Authorities have any bearing on this. Austerity cuts have been in force through the present Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government since 2010 and while many local authorities have tried to shield their social services budgets as best they can, some cuts have, over the period had to be made to their social services budgets, which have in many instances also had a bearing on front line services. This concordat is only one of the actions to be placed on local authorities and the NHS, as they also have their usual day-to-day actions to contend with. With cuts being in place which are effecting the day-to-day, surely this concordat would bring its own financial pressures to bear.

With these cuts supposedly being in force to at least 2018 , where will it all end. Is there any future for persons with learning disabilities within the UK?

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Council cuts threaten viability of adult and children’s social care, MPs warn

Council cuts threaten viability of adult and children’s social care, MPs warn. From Community Care

An extract ‘MPs have criticised the Department for Communities and Local Government for failing to review council spending cuts, warning the government will not appreciate cuts that threaten the “viability” of statutory services.

report following the Public Accounts Committee’s inquiry into the financial sustainability of local authorities found the 37% reduction in funding since 2010 has not hit authorities equally.

Some have faced reductions of just 5%, while others have had to deal with massive 40% reductions. In the most deprived areas, where funding has been hardest hit, services may even struggle to provide care, MPs warned.

Financially sustainable?

Committee chair Margaret Hodge said: “Further cuts could not just undermine the entire viability of most optional services, but might threaten statutory services in these areas.”  …………….’

Will the Government listen to the MP’s, cuts to local Social Services budgets have to stop to safeguard the persons requiring these services. In many cases without these services the persons will not be able to maintain their life, their dignity and their independence.

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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Social Care Commitment

How the Social Care Commitment can help you achieve quality* from Gov.UK Blog Social care

An extract ‘I’ve talked many times about the benefits of making the Social Care Commitment, but I am often asked by hard pressed employers how it fits in with other initiatives and standards they have to meet day in and day out. With resources stretched for everyone, employers are rightly asking ‘what’s in it for me?………..’

’…………When employers and employees make their commitment, they automatically create a development plan at the same time, recording the tasks and activity that the employer or employee has promised to put the commitment into practice. As these tasks are based on the Social Care Commitment statements, they can be easily mapped across to the KLOE and fundamental standards and used as evidence to support CQC compliance.

That’s why we are working with the CQC and their inspectors so they can recognise a commitment development plan and see how this can support inspection. It is certainly worth looking at some sample development plans to see how they could help your organisation.  …………..’

The Concordat, the policeman and a plea for continuous crisis care* from Gov.UK Blog Social care

An extract ‘The Social Care News blog joined our esteemed events & visits and policy colleagues at the very first Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat Summit, held yesterday at the Grand Connaught Rooms in central London.

Chief Inspector Daniel Thorpe wants us all to strive for 365 days a year crisis care
Chief Inspector Daniel Thorpe wants us all to strive for 365 days a year crisis care

This was an opportunity for Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb to join leading voices from NHS England, MIND, the police, service users and the wider sector to review progress made since theConcordat’s launch in February. It also served as a reminder that the deadline of 15 December for local crisis care declarations is fast approaching.

Many areas have already declared. You can see if your region has an action plan in placeusing this map. ………’


As your area made a ‘local crisis care declaration’ check with the map mentioned above.

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