Posts Tagged ‘Carers’

Blue badges and Pip, Fraud, and also Care for adults

17 March 2014

Upcoming business
Wednesday, 26 March 2014

 

Lords: Main Chamber

Access to blue badges for vehicles following the introduction of the Personal Independence Payment – Lord Touhig Oral Questions

Commons: Select Committees

Work and Pensions: Fraud and error in the benefits system

9:30 am   Witnesses: Private sector companies and electronic payment system operators

Public Accounts: Care for adults in England

2:15 pm  Witnesses: Sandie Keene, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and Director of Adult Social Care Services, Leeds City Council and Emily Holzhausen, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Carers UK; Sir Bob Kerslake, Permanent Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government and Jon Rouse, Director General, Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships, Department of Health

 

 

 

Caring for parents and elderly relatives

4 March 2014

 

Womans Hour today discussed caring for parents.  You can listen to it here

Like it or not many of us are living longer and as we approach the end of our
lives, many of us  need more rather than less care.  Often it falls to the next
generation – the adult children, relatives, sometimes even neighbours or friends
– to pick up the reigns.  We’re looking at what happens when you’re called on to
provide this kind of care for parents and other relatives.

 

How involved are you? 

Are you able to share the responsibilities with your siblings or other
relatives?

What impact does caring for them have on your own life and other
family responsibilities. 

Have you thought about moving a parent in with you or perhaps moved into their home instead.  Or perhaps you’ve helped to move them
into some kind of sheltered accommodation or care home. 

We’re going to be exploring the other side of the coin too – how it feels to ask for help when living independently becomes a problem. Author Carol Lee joins Jane in the
studio. Her memoir Out of Winter, explore how she cared for her parents long
distance. We also hear from listeners and from Nel Hales, who is still
living independently at the age of one hundred.

 

 

Seasons Greetings from CarerWatch – support available

24 December 2013

As many family carers know, Christmas time can be more stressful. Through social media and various forums, there is some online support available.

handsOur members are carers, people with disabilities, and some cases they are both. We will be checking emails through out, and will do our utmost to direct anyone to support.

Carers UK  – Getting support over the Christmas holidays.  Support forum

CarersTrust  -  discussion and support forum

Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)

WoWPetition team

Alzheimers  Society – Talking Point

MS Society forum

MacMillan Cancer Support

Act Now for Autism

The above just a small example of the support available. Most groups have facebook pages too, wherein you will be able to chat with others, who will understand what you are going through.

Any queries please email  admin@carerwatch.com   and we will reply as soon as possible.

Seasons Greetings from CarerWatch admin team and members

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Carers and Welfare reform – phone in Money Box Live

1 October 2013

carers_uk_logo2Head of Advice and Information Carers UK,  Jean French,  will be answering your questions on applying for welfare benefits as part of BBC Radio 4’s Money Box Live.

If you would like to ask a question call 03700 100 444 from 1pm to 3.30pm

on Wednesday October 2nd 2013

 

or e-mail moneybox@bbc.co.uk

You can listen to the programme live tomorrow at 1pm at this link: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03brqlc

Carers – They walk among us, unseen, unheard but ever near

1 October 2013

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This week sees the Tory conference held in Manchester. Various ministers have already spoken but today we will hear from a man, Iain Duncan Smith,  who for many carers is the biggest failure to date.

Past, and present governments, have continuously ignored the plight of carers, a group of people that give so much. Their Love, and the care they provide,  taken for granted by those in power.

So why has Iain Duncan Smith failed miserably?  

We are in the middle of the biggest shake up to the welfare system for over 60 years, changes that see many benefits changed/cut, support withdrawn, and yet the issues surrounding the LOWEST benefit of all were not addressed. Carers Allowance is just £59.75 and care must be provided to a minimum of 35 hours .

In the report Breakthrough Britain, by the Centre for Social Justice, a think tank of which Mr Smith is Chairman, they reported that…

Family carers are undervalued in our society and receive a disproportionately low level of financial support given the many hours of work that they do.

Carers of elderly and disabled people are not adequately resourced or recognize for the work they do

Mr Smith has missed a golden opportunity to reform this benefit.

Carers have accepted their responsibility, WHEN will government accept theirs

 

 

 

BEDROOM TAX: CARERS FACING DEBT, EVICTION AND FOOD POVERTY

10 July 2013

Received from CarersUK

Government failing to protect carers and disabled people

from ‘spare room’ cuts 

Carers are being hard hit by the Government ‘bedroom tax’ cuts to Housing Benefit – despite Ministers’ promises of support to protect carers and disabled people. New research by Carers UK, published 100 days after the introduction of the ‘bedroom tax’ lays bare the shocking impact of the policy on families caring for disabled loved ones. Carers UK interviewed 100 carers affected by the changes, and the findings include:

 

read in full on this link below

 

Bedroom Tax – carers facing debt, eviction and food poverty – Carers UK

 

 

 

Live discussion with the Guardian: the care bill

26 June 2013

copied from the Guardian

Join our expert panel on Thursday 27 June between noon and 2pm to discuss whether the government’s proposed legislation goes far enough to reform the social care system.

The care  bill 2013-14 is a major piece of legislation  that will overhaul the social care system. It  is aimed at replacing existing law with a new, modern legal framework.

But does it go far enough in reforming the system, or are more radical changes needed? Writing for the Guardian Social Care Network, Paul Burstow, the former care and support minister who drafted the 2012 care and support white paper  that preceded publication of the bill, said: “While the bill has been widely praised, there remain missed opportunities.”

In our online discussion, we will be asking: what is missing from the care bill? Which areas need strengthening? Does it say enough about carers’ rights, the threshold of eligibility to social care services and the role of local authorities in providing preventive services  for people with care and support needs? Does it go far enough in supporting older people with their care costs? And should the bill have included a legal right to advocacy?

Join us from 12 noon till 2pm on Thursday 27 June when we will be discussing these issues. If you have a question you’d like to ask the panel, you can email it to socialcare@guardian.co.uk. You can also tweet us your questions at @GdnSocialCare.

The panel so far includes

• Emily Holzhausen, director of policy and public affairs, Carers UK

• James Lloyd, director of the Strategic Society Centre

Richard Hawkes, chair of the Care and Support Alliance

• Bill Morgan, former special adviser to former health secretary Andrew Lansley

Ros Altmann, a pensions and economics policy expert

• Jonathan Senker, chief executive of VoiceAbility, a member of the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group

• Sue Bott, disabled activist and former chair of Think Local Act Personal

• John Woods, assistant director for policy and strategy, Surrey county council

• Jane Young, disability consultant and campaigner

URGENT – CARERS DEBATE, contact your MP

18 June 2013

URGENT - CARERS DEBATE

Following Carers Week, a debate on carers will take place in the House of Commons on Thursday 20th June

Full details can be found here  and you will be able to watch it LIVE via this link

It is vital you contact your MP , ask them to attend – and raise any/all issues that you are concerned about. Time is of the essence, so it may be worth phoning their office and following up with an email outlining your worries.

Questions can be asked on benefits, juggling work and care, social care, support from the NHS and all the other policy areas which affect carers.

Please share this with family, friends, contacts. The more MPs we have there, the more issues that can get discussed.

Share via Facebook and Twitter too. Hashtag during the event will be #CarersDebate

URGENT - CARERS DEBATE

Is the government prepared to take action? Carers Week report

14 June 2013

Carers Week logoWhen the invite came to attend a speed-networking event in Parliament with MPs I initially said no. Doing a return trip from the North East in same day is not ideal, early start and extremely late arrival home, all for a 2-hour event. However, I have always said that apart from our own MPs, those of us in the North East don’t get much opportunity to meet with other politicians, so I changed my mind and said ‘yes’.  I am now glad I did so, and appreciate the opportunity given by CarersUK and CarersWeek.

The train journey down started really well with an unexpected turn of events. A young man sat a few seats from me and I recognised him as Chris Ramsey, stand-up comedian and actor from South Shields. Those that know me will not be surprised at my next actions, which was to start tweeting him. As most people travelling were using phones, he was unaware who was relating to his twitter  followers what he was doing. Once I identified myself we spoke a little while. Talk about Big Brother is watching. Thanks for the laugh Chris, you were a good sport.

After this light relief it was over to Westminster for the event. I was met by Carers Week staff and introduced to others from various organisations, including Age UK and Carers Trust. Then it was to business.

As a Carers UK member my companions were Emily Holzhausen, Director of Policy, and Chloe Wright, Senior Policy Officer. They took turns to sit with me. Also helping oversee the event was Steve McIntosh.

It was explained how the event would unfold. As MPs arrived they would be guided to tables to speak with carers, how long for was unsure, depending on if they had any other appointments they needed to attend.

I had no worries about speed networking. Those that know Geordies will know we talk fast. My main concern was how much ground could be covered when the issues surrounding carers are many. It was not just about my family’s’ circumstances, but many others out there too, struggling to cope on a daily basis.

We managed to see 8 MPs, names as follows –

Carers Week blogIan Mearns  Lab
Guy Opperman  Con
Norman Lamb  LibDem
Peter Aldous  Con
Sheila Gilmore   Lab
Grahame Morris   Lab
Stewart Jackson  Con
Caroline Lucas   Green

As well as outlining how caring has impacted on my family, other issues discussed were as follows.

1.    The issue of the Children and Families Bill and the lack of parent carer rights in it, and the concern that they would be left behind. We also talked about when the Care Bill comes to the House of Commons, to stop carers from being charged for their own services and to put an amendment, which would prevent family and friends’ support being taken for, granted.

2.    We discussed the impact of welfare reform on carers, in particular the bedroom tax

3.    The benefits system, which causes huge difficulties in trying to juggle work and care.

4.    Lack of services that are right for the people we care for, e.g. lack of dementia services and support for younger people.

5.    Lack of investment locally in carers’ support e.g. carer’s dementia work.

6.    Concerns about cuts to services and reassessments of severely disabled people and the impact on the caring support and family

7.    Concerned about the cumulative impact of different changes and cuts that are hitting families hard.

8.    Problems surrounding Employment Support Allowance process

9.    Impact on disabled people, as well as carers, re closure of Independent Living Fund.

10.   Advice and information being hard to come by but being vital.

11.  Importance of strong local advocates within local carers’ organisations.

12.  The level of Carer’s Allowance and the failure of this Government and the last Government to reform this benefit.

With thanks to Ian Mearns, Grahame Morris and Guy Opperman for the North East presence, to Norman Lamb who stayed longer than intended and was late for his next appt, and remaining MPs for the interest they showed, and the many questions asked.

Journey back took several hours and it was past midnight when I got home, extremely tired but an enjoyable day.

So, following on from the Carers Week theme of ‘I’m Prepared to Care’ – my question would be – What next?

Many of us have already been caring for as long as we can remember. Governments past and present have failed to fully address many of the carer issues.

We need action now

Give us the tools to assist us in our caring roles. It may be finances, respite, services, equipment, understanding from employers etc. Investing in us now can only strengthen the foundation we provide that prop up both NHS and Social Services.

We are ‘prepared to care’ 

 Is the government prepared to take ACTION?

Rosemary

Carers UK blog

Carers Week – ‘Prepared to Care’

10 June 2013

Press release from Carers Week.

Report here

UK carers suffering due to lack of support

  • 75% were unprepared for caring role
  • 81% said they were not aware of the support available
  • 61% of carers have experienced depression
  • 92% of carers say they feel more stressed because of their caring role

Carers Week 2013 10th – 16th June- Prepared to Care?

New research from Carers Week of over 2,100 carers has revealed that carers are being woefully let down by a lack of support when they first take on a caring role. The findings from the report, Prepared to Care? show that support is not being made available to new carers with often devastating consequences.

Released to coincide with the launch of Carers Week 2013, the findings show that (more…)


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