Big Care Debate Roadshow

http://careandsupport.direct.gov.uk/news/2009/08/big-care-debate-roadshow-schedule/ The schedule of Big Care Debate public roadshows, where members of the public can discuss and have their say on the reform of adult social care and support in England, is now available. Between now and mid November, members of the public will get the opportunity to join the debate on the future of care and support in England through a series of events held in town centres and at other public events around the country. Visitors to the roadshows can watch information videos and talk to Big Care Debate representatives, and there is a 1-2-1 area for those wishing to give their response in private. People can fill in questionnaires, or add their comments on this website, via a touch screen computer system. The roadshows are part of the Government’s drive to engage with a range of people from across England, through a regional programme which also involves a series of regional stakeholder events. Click here for Schedule: East Midlands – 20-22 August Derby – Main Market Place West Midlands – 29-31 August Coventry – Stoneleigh Park Country Festival North East – 02-07 September Darlington – Joseph Pease Place (02-03 September) Newcastle – Northumberland Street (04 September) Wolsingham – Wolsingham and Wear Valley Show (05-07 September) East Midlands – 09-13 September Nottingham – Smithy Row (10 September) Leicester – Humberstone Gate West (11 September) Leicester – Highcross (11-13 September) North West – 16-21 September Carlisle – Greenmarket (16-17 September) Manchester – Exchange Square (18-19 September) Manchester – Old Trafford Centre (20-21 September) East of England – 23-29 September Bedford – Church Square (23 September) tbc – (24...

The Big Care Debate – Have your say

The Government is offering everybody the chance to have their say on the reform of adult care and support in England. This is the Big Care Debate. Have your say http://careandsupport.direct.gov.uk/blog/2009/07/the-big-care-debate-have-your-say/ http://careandsupport.direct.gov.uk/ News section...

Key figures in the social care sector give their response – July 2009

The government has set out its blueprint for reforming care for older and disabled people. Key figures in the social care sector give their response http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/jul/14/social-care-green-paper-reaction Norman Lamb, the Liberal Democrat shadow health secretary “This government’s treatment of older people is its shameful legacy. Ministers have failed to reform a system that was condemned by Tony Blair over 12 years ago. Hundreds of thousands of older people have been forced to sell their home over the last decade because Labour was not prepared to grasp the nettle of reforming care. We now need to establish cross-party commission without delay to solve this growing crisis and commit any future government to implement reform.” Stephen Burke, chief executive of Counsel and Care “Sixty-one years after the NHS was founded, we have the chance to develop the next frontier of the welfare state. Creating a national care service on a par with the NHS is just what this country needs to meet the demands and expectations of our ageing population. Filling the care gap is one of the biggest challenges we all face. We simply can’t do nothing and ignore the needs of this and future generations of older people. We need a huge public debate and national consensus about the best way forward for all of us. How we share the risks and the rising costs of care must be debated in every family and every community as well as through the media. It is an issue that touches the lives of everyone in our society. What can’t be ducked though is that care will cost us all more. So we...

MSP’s motion to protect Attendance Allowance

*S3M-4716 Bill Kidd: The Need to Protect Attendance Allowance—That the Parliament notes with concern proposals contained in the UK Government’s Green Paper, Shaping the future of care together, to abolish attendance allowance by integrating it into the care and support system in order to fund future support and care for the elderly in England, and that any changes to the care and support system in England that integrate some disability benefits funding would affect the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland and supports the retention of attendance allowance and disability living allowance as benefits which allow disabled persons to retain financial independence. Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Charlie Gordon*, Bob Doris*, Michael Matheson*, Rob Gibson*, Brian Adam* http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/motions.htm If you live in Scotland, ask your MSP to support ‘Motion S3M-4716 Bill Kidd: The Need to Protect Attendance Allowance’. If you are not sure who your MSP is, you can find out from www.writetothem.com...

Petition to save disability benefits – Political Cripple

http://www.politicalcripple.com/d/content/petition-preservation-disability-living-allowance-and-attendance-allowance Petition For The Preservation of Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance We the undersigned state to the Prime Minister and the Government of The United Kingdom of Great Britain And Northern Ireland that we do not and shall not agree with the abolition of Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance. Proposals to have Disability Benefits integrated into “Local Authority Care Budgets” will restrict the freedom of Disabled People and their carers, cause increased bureaucracy and administration. Disabled People would lose choice and be again subjected to statutory interference in their lives. These Benefits empower disabled people to be independent, to purchase care and support in ways that can never be replaced by centralised, administered systems. Disabled people have fought to escape from the constraints of state sanctioned discrimination, and in this Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance have been the greatest financial tool to escape. We do not welcome or accept any attempt by the present or any future government to reduce our independence or act so as to reduce or curtail the freedoms that we enjoy. Disabled people are “Experts” in living their lives and expert in the care they need – care which empowers them to live better and higher quality lives. We wish to make it know that the expertise that we bring is under paid, under utilised, disregarded and has not been recognised by successive governments. We will accept no further disregard and disrespect from the Government of the United...