Archive for the ‘Panorama’ Category

BBC One Programmes – Inside Out East, 21/11/2011

14 November 2011

 

David Whiteley asks what went wrong with the Southern Cross care home business.

BBC – BBC One Programmes – Inside Out East, 21/11/2011

Sunderland’s elderly may have to pay almost four times more for care

11 November 2011

 

ELDERLY people on Wearside may have to pay more towards their social care.

Thousands of people are being consulted by Sunderland City Council on proposed changes, which could see some paying hundreds of pounds more per week.

The current maximum contribution towards care services, such as home help, is capped at £108.70 per week.

However, under the proposed shake-up to the contributions policy, that cap would be removed and people would be individually assessed as to what they can afford to pay.

This means that some people could end up paying up to £407 towards their “personal budget”, which is equivalent to the current maximum cost of a residential care placement per week.

Sunderland City Council is having to make changes due to a shake-up of social care nationally. Those who are in permanent residential care will not be affected.

Sunderland’s elderly may have to pay almost four times more for care – Community – Sunderland Echo

Radar – workshops to talk about shaping local care services

10 November 2011

 

We received this which may be of interest to some of our readers. All contact details are listed below.

We would like to invite disabled people and local disabled people’s organisations to a workshop to talk about shaping local care services.  Radar will write a report and send this to the Department of Health as well as all those who attend the events.

This is your opportunity to influence how social care will be provided in the future.

-         Are you happy with what care services you can get locally?
–         If you are not happy, why is that and what do you think could be done
about it?
–         If you need a type of care that isn’t available locally, then what would
be the best way to fill the gaps?
–         What would make it easier for you to get the right care?
–         What would help you to have more choice and control over your care?
–         Who should provide different types of care?
–         How can local groups be supported to provide care?

We are arranging two workshops -
London (Radar, City Forum, EC1V 8AF) – Tuesday 22 November 10.30am – 12.30pm (with a ight lunch provided) or Manchester (EHRC, Arndale House, Arndale Centre, M4 3AQ) – Friday 25 November 2pm-4pm (with refreshments)

To book a place at the workshop, please contact
Marije Davidson
E: marije.davidson@radar.org.uk
Or:
Cheryl Gowar
Tel: 020 7503 6176
E: Cheryl.gowar@radar.org.uk

Please let us know which event you would like to attend (London/Manchester) and if you have requirements to help you participate, e.g. large print materials,
palantypist, dietary needs. BSL/English interpreting will be provided.

We have a limited budget for reasonable travel expenses. These need to be agreed before the meeting.

You can find out more about how social care could change by visiting
www.caringforourfuture.dh.gov.uk 

Kind regards,

Marije Davidson
Public Affairs Manager

marije.davidson@radar.org.uk

Fury over Darlington council’s 400% rise in cost of day care (From The Northern Echo)

31 October 2011

 

THE husband of an elderly Alzheimer’s sufferer has accused a council of acting like “cowboy builders” after the cost of his wife’s day care went up by 400 per cent.

Last night, the Alzheimer’s Society said the case of 76- year-old Evelyn Wiffen, from Darlington, illustrated the urgent need to overhaul the way that social care is paid for.

When Mrs Wiffen started going to the St Hilda’s Day Centre, in Darlington, in August last year the charge was £10 per session.

In April this year, the fee increased to £28.80, and recently Darlington Borough Council told her husband, Peter, also 76, that the cost of a daily session was about to go up to £50.78.

Fury over Darlington council’s 400% rise in cost of day care (From The Northern Echo)

Joint Committee on Human Rights: The implementation of the right of disabled people to independent living

21 October 2011

 2:20 pm; Room 5, Palace of Westminster

Witnesses: Maria Miller MP, Minister for Disabled People, Department for Work and Pensions;

Paul Burstow MP, Minister of State for Care Services, Department of Health;

and Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Minister of State for Housing and Local Government, Department for Communities and Local Government

see full details here of upcoming business

What EVERY MP should know about welfare reform

16 October 2011

Sue Marsh of Diary of a Benefit Scrounger  has sent this over asking everyone to help raise awareness.

Since Employment and Support Allowance was introduced back in 2008, campaigners and those affected have warned that it is flawed. Not because people must face assessment to qualify for support but because the wrong people are declared “fit for work”.

People clearly too disabled to work get harassed and pressurised into work programmes they clearly cannot comply with, while the number of “cheats” or “scroungers” caught, remains at exactly the same level it always did.

Throughout the last year, we have warned of a tipping point.  With over 110,000 decisions already found to be wrong and overturned, 11,000 people a week are being put through flawed assessments. It is only a matter of time before this becomes the toxic story of recent years. MP mailbags are already bursting with letters about this.

Read in full here

What EVERY MP should know about welfare reform

Can you help raise awareness by sharing this post with your contacts, on Facebook and twitter too.

Contact your MP with your concerns.

Please leave a comment on Sues’ blog or contact her direct with links to any reports in your own local newspapers. suey2yblog@hotmail.co.uk

For those that dont know, Sue is one of the founder members of  The Broken Of Britain team

 

MPs demand end to closures of council-run elderly care homes and call for enquiry into deaths

14 October 2011

Every day we hear of local authorities closing, withdrawing or cutting back on essential facilities and services for the vulnerable and their carers. The already inadequate care system is dying on its feet. We have to halt that process, not next year, not the year after that, we have to halt it now. Caring for the most vulnerable in our Society should be a Government priority not something that is left on a metaphorical backburner while vulnerable people suffer.

Therefore CarerWatch welcome the call from MPs calling on a block to the closure of local authority homes for the elderly.  Full details below.

We urge everyone to contact their MP and ask for their support in signing  EDM 2251 . You can find contact details here

Media Release

October 14, 2011

A BLOCK on the closure of local-authority elderly care homes has been called for by MPs concerned that the care crisis highlighted by the collapse of Southern Cross has left frail old people frightened and in danger of death brought on by being forced to move.

 An early-day motion tabled in parliament by Hayes and Harlington MP John McDonnell calls for a moratorium on closures and an enquiry to establish how many deaths have been caused by home closures.

The move has been welcomed by campaigners and pensioners’ groups who urged MPs to sign the motion in order to prevent further unnecessary deaths.

 National Pensioners’ Convention general secretary Dot Gibson said:

“It is a brutal fact that frail, elderly people are likely to die if they are forced to move out of a care facility that has become home.

 “Older people should not be seen as mere figures on a private care company’s balance sheet, and with the collapse of Southern Cross and the unravelling of the private social care market it is essential to stop the closure of any more local-authority-run homes.

 “It’s time for a national care service that begins to look after our most vulnerable pensioners in a way they deserve.”

Campaigning lawyer Yvonne Hossack said:

Since 1997 I have seen the devastating effects of care home closures on mortality.

“Too often those charged with the welfare of our old soldiers and their widows trot out the lie that there is no risk provided the best methods of eviction are used – and all, let us be clear, to cash in the value of the land that the innocent and confused old lady once called her home.

 “It is time now to stop the slaughter”.

Phillippa Wood of CarerWatch, the online campaigning group for carers, said:

“Every day we hear of local authorities closing, withdrawing or cutting back on essential facilities and services for the vulnerable and their carers.

“The already inadequate care system is dying on its feet and we have to halt that process now.”

MP John McDonnell said:

“There is a huge and growing body of evidence that closure of care homes has caused the early deaths of frail, elderly people forced to leave their homes.

“The collapse of private homes and the shocking revelations of abuse have shown what happens when care is farmed out to privateers who are interested only in profit.

“We urgently need to see a stop put to any further closures of local-authority elderly care homes and for an enquiry into the misery and death that closures have already caused.”

ends

Full text of EDM 2251 and contacts follow

EDM 2251

DEATHS FOLLOWING RESIDENTIAL HOME CLOSURES

tabled by John McDonnell MP

That this House notes with deep concern the worsening crisis for elderly care as growing numbers of local authority and private care homes face closure; acknowledges concerns that the loss of elderly people’s care homes causes fear, anxiety and, in many cases, a higher mortality rate when vulnerable, elderly people are forced to leave their homes; further notes that the Southern Cross crisis will increase the need for local authority care; and therefore calls on the Government to hold a public inquiry into the deaths following closures of local authority care homes and impose a moratorium on the closure of local authority care homes until that inquiry publishes its results to ensure that vulnerable, elderly people’s lives are not put at further risk.

Contacts

For further information please contact: Sarah Evans T: 07941 227757


National Pensioners Convention, call Neil Duncan Jordan – T: 07940-357-608

Yvonne Hossack- T: 01536 518638

CarerWatch: Philippa Wood at admin@carerwatch.com

With many thanks to  Sarah Evans  for her work on this issue

Major shake-up of adult social care in Lincolnshire is approved

5 October 2011

 

HUNDREDS of elderly and vulnerable people will have their home help removed as part of the biggest shake-up of adult social care in Lincolnshire for more than 60 years.

County councillors agreed yesterday to remove care allowances to people who need help with simple household tasks like cooking or cleaning.

Major shake-up of adult social care in Lincolnshire is approved | This is Lincolnshire

‘Dear Mr Miliband’ – why you need LISTEN

22 September 2011

UPDATE  – reply received from Margaret Curran Labour MP

and the following

margaret.curran.mp@parliament.uk,coopery@parliament.uk, eaglea@parliament.uk  denhamj@parliament.uk   jowellt@parliament.uk
caroline.flint.mp@parliament.uk  lewisi@parliament.uk hilary.benn.mp@parliament.uk    jimmurphymp@parliament.uk creaghm@parliament.uk  andy.burnham.mp@parliament.uk
meghilliermp@parliament.uk   healeyj@parliament.uk  woodwardsh@parliament.uk ann.mckechin.mp@parliament.uk
eaglem@parliament.uk  hainp@parliament.uk  timmss@parliament.uk 
stephen@stephentimms.org.uk   buckk@parliament.uk byrnel@parliament.uk

Dear Mr Ed Millband (and to each and everyone copied in above)

  The 10 million disabled people in this country plus their carers, relatives and friends are watching what your party do in relation to disability issues and wondering why you seem disinterested in trying to get their votes by opposing the savage attacks against disabled people being made by the Coalition government. During conference season we wish to remind you, the architects of Employment and Support Allowance to ‘never fall ill, never grow old, never become disabled, never become a carer’, for if you do, as we have found, not even Labour will speak up for you.

Not only am I a carer of my autistic son, who has been treated very badly by our local authourity (Bracknell Forest) in what he is entitled to receive, (education up until the age of 25) that I have had to engage a specialist solictor on legal aid. Legal aid which has also been cut very savagely. But because of his severe condition (he cannot interact with people face to face) so he had been taught behind his bedroom door for 6 1/2 years (very successfully passing many GCSE’s, receiving a distinction and a merit grade in 2 of them) at home by 2 home and hospital tutors. He had his SEN statement ended at 19 last summer, and I have been struggling a whole year to try to reistate his education, so far without success.

My son although autistic deserves and has a right to continue with his education in the best and only way he can cope with at the moment (behind his bedroom door).

 I am also a carer to my elderly mother of 86 too who lives alone. I am 60 myself (an older carer) and my own health is deteriorating very fast, with very little regard from anyone for that, I am also disabled with arthritis, epilepsy, severe depression, high blood pressure and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. No help or support for my son’s own mental health, despite me attending countless meetings in the past, where ‘professionals’ had considered it ‘OK’ to lie to me, to my face but in writing too. Offical complaints I made were literally completely ignored.

Desipte reassurances that assessments undertaken by ‘medical personnel’ at ATOS medicals or Job Centre Plus assessment interviews would understand Autism in all its different presentations, time and again it has been shown not to be the case. So I cannot bear for my son to be put under so much pressure and stress to attend a ESA assessment, so he can’t apply for the ESA benefit he/we so need.

There are so many carers up and down the country in similiar situations watching your conference, and please may I suggest you listen and read the words stated in this link below.

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvsX03LOMhI 

  Yours sincerely

  Ms Rosalind Brewer

An opportunity to raise YOUR voice to break the silence

21 September 2011

This is a joint venture between CarerWatch, The Broken of Britain, Disabled people Against Cuts and ACTnow

Everyone is urged to support this.

To all our members and supporters;

The Labour party conference starts in Liverpool on Saturday. As we all know, Labour were the architects of Employment Support Allowance and the ‘not fit for purpose’ Work Capability Assessment which is so stressful and traumatic it was linked to the suicide of claimants whilst Labour were still in power. The Labour party are the official party of opposition, but they are not opposing the Welfare Reform Bill as they should be and seem to have forgotten that the 10 million sick and or disabled people plus carers, friends and family in the UK have the power to vote. It is time for us to remind Labour that they will not get any of our votes if they do not start to oppose the parts of the Welfare Reform Bill set to return sick people, disabled people and carers to a life of desperation, dependency, despair and charity.

We are asking you to help with a mass email to the Labour party to remind them of our voting power. Please include the following details in your email and send it to Ed Miliband, Margaret Curran (shadow minister for disability) and Liam Byrne (shadow minister for DWP). If you have time please also email it to any Labour MP and particularly any members of the shadow cabinet. We have provided a list of email contacts below.

Please aim to send your email at 11am tomorrow (Thursday the 22nd September) If you can’t send the email at 11am, don’t worry, just please try to send it at any time between then and the end of Labour party conference on Wednesday 29th September.

The email subject should read “Your Silence Is Deafening”

We suggest embedding a link to this youtube video “The Sound of Silence” To embed the video into your email just copy and paste the link below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvsX03LOMhI  

Then please copy the following text into your email;

Dear (insert name here)

‘The 10 million disabled people in this country plus their carers, relatives and friends are watching what your party do in relation to disability issues and wondering why you seem disinterested in trying to get their votes by opposing the savage attacks against disabled people being made by the Coalition government. During conference season we wish to remind you, the architects of Employment and Support Allowance to ‘never fall ill, never grow old, never become disabled, never become a carer’, for if you do, as we have found, not even Labour will speak up for you.’

If you would like to add a short, personal message explaining to Labour how you feel about their lack of support for sick, disabled people and carers then please include it after the suggested text. You might also like to include a photo of yourself, or perhaps a photo of what disability, sickness or caring means to you. Don’t worry if you don’t want to personalise the email, sending the suggested text is fine.

Contact details below

Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 4778
ed.miliband.mp@parliament.uk
 
Shadow Secretary of State for Work & Pensions
Liam Byrne
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 6953
Fax: 020 7219 1431
byrnel@parliament.uk
 
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 8102
Fax: 020 7219 6656
margaret.curran.mp@parliament.uk
 
Shadow Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities
Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP
coopery@parliament.uk
 
Shadow Chief Secretary
Angela Eagle
eaglea@parliament.uk
 
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills
John Denham
denhamj@parliament.uk
 
Cabinet Office and Minister for the Olympics
Tessa Jowell
jowellt@parliament.uk
 
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Caroline Flint
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 4407
Fax: 020 7219 1277
caroline.flint.mp@parliament.uk
 
Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport
Ivan Lewis
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 2609
lewisi@parliament.uk
 
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons 
Hilary Benn
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 5770
hilary.benn.mp@parliament.uk
 
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
Jim Murphy
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 4615
Fax: 020 7219 5657
jimmurphymp@parliament.uk
 
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Mary Creagh
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 6984/020 7219 8766
Fax: 020 7219 4257
creaghm@parliament.uk
 
Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Election Coordinator
Andy Burnham
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 8250
andy.burnham.mp@parliament.uk
 
Shadow Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice
Sadiq Khan
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 6967
Fax: 020 7219 6477
sadiqkhanmp@parliament.uk
 
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
Meg Hillier
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 5325
Fax: 020 7219 8768
meghilliermp@parliament.uk
 
Shadow Secretary of State for Health
John Healey
 
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 6359
Fax: 020 7219 2451
healeyj@parliament.uk
 
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Shaun Woodward
 
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 2680
woodwardsh@parliament.uk
 
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
Ann McKechin
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 8239
Fax: 020 7219 1770
ann.mckechin.mp@parliament.uk
Constituency
 
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
Maria Eagle
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 4019
Fax: 020 7219 1157
eaglem@parliament.uk
 
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
Peter Hain
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 3925
Fax: 020 7219 3816
hainp@parliament.uk
 
 
Steven Timms MP
timmss@parliament.uk
stephen@stephentimms.org.uk

Karen Buck MP

buckk@parliament.uk

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