Thurrock council

Disability Benefits There was substantial debate about the proposal to retract or integrate existing disability related benefits into the state contribution of the proposed funding options. Participants who are also recipients of disability benefits currently enjoy a level of independence and choice due to their freedom to spend their benefits on services/items that address lower level needs, such as transport via taxi and social activities. The group concluded that they feel very strongly, that retracting disability benefits will be a step back, in terms of personalisation and independence. It is felt that recipients will become more reliant on the local authority to approve the services they receive or can purchase via a direct payment. The State should not be detailing how people spend this money. Read in full...

Mental Health Foundation

We regret that the option of a wholly tax-funded system has been rejected, and believe this option should be reopened for further public discussion. The three funding options set out lack the necessary detail to allow a decision to be made on which is preferable. We would have concerns about any transfer of disability benefits into the social care pot. These benefits are a lifeline for tens of thousands of people with mental health problems and people with learning disabilities, and is money they can control and spend as they think best. read...

SENSE

It’s the Social Care green paper – NOT the Personal Care green paper! Sense has submitted its response to the Government on its green paper, Shaping The Future Of Care Together – about how to pay for social care in the future. As part of our response, we have been speaking to members, asking them to share their views and outline their priorities. see...

Mencap response

Mencap has responded to the adult social care green paper called ‘Shaping the Future of Care Together’. This summer, Mencap held a consultation to hear the views of people whose lives would be affected by changes in social care in England. Thank you to everyone who took part in our consultation. We had over 1,200 responses. We used the responses to put together what we think about social care. see...