Social care and disability – The Coalition

CARER WATCH WILL ADD A STATEMENT SOON

The Government believes that people needing care deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. We understand the urgency of reforming the system of social care to provide much more control to individuals and their carers, and to ease the cost burden that they and their families face.

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2 Responses to “Social care and disability – The Coalition”

  1. Geoff Says:

    Carers “dumped” by coalition government – we could have guessed as much – no commitment to respite care for carers (so much for the lib dems), no commitment to maintain the carers grant (bye bye most services for carers). The next 5 years are going to be very difficult for carers as they pay the price for the banks incompetance

  2. Alan Wheatley, Green Party Spokesperson on Disability and on Care Services Says:

    I would argue that EVERYBODY needs to be treated with dignity and respect.

    The essential thing is that when people’s lives are colonised and commoditised under capitalism, dignity and respect give way to the top-down statement, “We must all make painful sacrifices.” And people out of waged work — due to disability, caring responsibilities, or other forms of discrimination in a world without Green Party Citizens Income — are more likely to become the targets for cuts and blame, rather than compensated.

    And companies like Atos Origin Medical Services and all the other ‘partners’ of JobCentre Plus in the new slave trade called the Welfare Reform Act profit from human misery. Such misery is compounded when Lib Dems like Steve Webb with all his years of experience as a DWP Spokesperson in opposition become signatories to the Coalition Programme for Government.

    We must remember that Carers Allowance eligibility is linked to Disability Living Allowance eligibility of the person receiving care. Were DLA to be scrapped as surplus to Iain Duncan Smith’s world view of human needs, or Atos brought in to reassess everyone on DLA, carers and disabled people would lose out yet again.

    A lot of the blame for all this should go to the broadcasters and press as gatekeepers of what is known. As an example, little is known within the UK regarding the UN Declaration on Rights of Persons with Disabilities that the UK Govt signed up to in 2007.

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