Archive for the ‘learning disabled’ Category

Interim report/Confidential Inquiry into premature deaths of people with learning disability

6 November 2012

With thanks to National Family Carer Network for sending this.

Please see details below of a Radio 4 programme being broadcast tonight.

People with learning disabilities have a high chance of dying prematurely, interim figures from a major government survey suggest – and critics claim hospitals are unable to respond to learning disabled patients’ needs.

File on 4, Radio 4 tonight 8pm and again on Sunday at 5pm, looks at the interim report of the Confidential Inquiry into the premature deaths of people with learning disabilities.

Click here to find out more about the Inquiry and
click here for details of the Radio 4 broadcast.

Council under fire over proposals to close 30 day care centres in Lincolnshire

11 November 2011


A former social services boss has warned it could be "impossible" to bring back council care for the elderly and disabled if it is axed.

Opposition is mounting to Lincolnshire County Council proposals to close 30 day care centres, two short break facilities and reduce supported living services.

Council under fire over proposals to close 30 day care centres in Lincolnshire | This is Lincolnshire

Questions to Maria Miller and Paul Burstow – CarersUK AGM

5 November 2011

On the 3rd November the 2011 Carers Summit took place in London. Below is full coverage of the conference starting with Ministers answering Carers questions.

watch video here

Carers attending left the ministers in no doubt as to their anger, concerns and fears. 

Issues raised covered –

Carers Benefits, Care services, Employment Support Allowance, Atos, Work Assessments, DLA, Personal Independence Payment plus others.  

Family refuse to fully complete Employment Support Allowance form

1 November 2011

THE PARENTS of a man with severe learning difficulties have slammed as unnecessary and insulting a new form aimed at assessing whether he is fit for work.

Sue Barlow and her husband Tony Hipgrave, of Middlebrook Green in Harborough, say the new Employment and Support Allowance assessment form is not appropriate for their son Tom Hipgrave and others like him.

Tom (27) has a complex disorder known as Smith Magenis Syndrome, which means he has learning and communication difficulties as well as physical disabilities including spinal deformity and visual impairment.

He lives in a supported living home in Glenfield and requires 24-hour care.

His condition and situation is well known to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), from which he receives disablement benefits.

So the family were frustrated when they received the new assessment form – called the Limited Capability for Work questionnaire – introduced as a result of Government changes to the way benefits are paid.

read in full here

Sandwich carers numbers are increasing

25 October 2011

John and Beth both care for their mothers and their son Nathan, 17. The couple represents what’s commonly known as ‘sandwich carers’ — people who care for a younger- and older-generation relative. Follow a day in Beth’s life to find out how she copes and where she finds support.

Watch video here 

A practical guide to caring


CarerWatch attends Hardest Hit Protest in Newcastle

22 October 2011

Report will follow but here are some photos for now

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

Hardest Hit Protest – Newcastle October 22nd 2011

17 October 2011

Saturday 22 October, 2011
March: 10.30 Bigg Market
Rally: 11.30-12.30 Monument

Disabled people in the North East, along with their families and friends, are taking to the streets in Newcastle to protest against Government cuts to disability benefits and services. Join us and help to
make sure all our voices are heard.

The march will leave Bigg Market at 10.30, walking to The Monument where a rally will start at 11.30. We plan to have a range of speakers who will keep us informed and entertained. Confirmed so far is MP for Wansbeck Ian Lavery, Clare Williams from the Norther Public Services Alliance and Kevin Rowan the TUC Regional Secretary who will share their views on the proposed changes. We will also be joined by a number of local people who can speak from their own experiences about what the proposed cuts to benefits and services will mean to them as disabled
people trying to live independent and fulfilling lives. One of those people will be Claire Parker whose story will also be appearing in The Journal in the run up to the Rally.

A map of Newcastle City Centre showing Bigg Market and the Monument  can
be found here.

This also shows the nearest rail and bus stations, city centre parking and accessible toilets.

As new speakers and contributors are confirmed we will be adding them to
this page, so do keep an eye out for any changes. Please also help us spread the word about Hardest Hit. By bringing together disabled people from across the North East we will be able to make our stand against the cuts to DLA and unfair changes to Employment Support Allowance.

Listening to the stories of disabled people and hearing of the support of key local figures from politicians to civil society leaders will show that people across the city and wider region are on our side. Speakers will help us make our argument, whilst those coming along will have the chance to show how strongly they feel, either as disabled people themselves, their friends and family, or just as people who believe that the disabled are being hit the hardest by the government cuts.

Please come along, and bring as many friends and family as you can. Help us to send a clear message to the Government: stop these cuts

If you require any further info please contact

Henri Murison 

Events are taking place across the country and full details can be found here

Several CarerWatch members will be attending a protest local to them.

Welfare Reform Bill – Letter to Peers

10 October 2011

We have been asked to share this letter below, organised by Disabled People Against Cuts.  Please take time to read through and then contact Peers with your own concerns.

You can find names and addresses here . DPAC have suggested these names in particular :

Jenny Willott MP and Ian Swales MP in the House of Commons, and Lord German in the House of Lords. Other peers who are involved are Baroness Thomas, Lord Kirkwood, Lord Stoneham and Lord Addington.

Letter already sent to Peers as follows : (more…)

IDS goes back to Victorian values

3 October 2011


Iain Duncan Smith’s moral crusade on welfare at today’s Conservative Party conference does not address the concerns of 2.51 million unemployed

This morning at Conservative Party conference, we saw the welfare reform team take to the stage. It was a similar to last year’s panel show format, as we heard from people who had been successfully helped back into work, interspersed with ministerial speeches, before the keynote address delivered by IDS.

There were a few early clangers – work and pensions minister Chris Grayling started the session stating the government would ‘reassess IB claimants to try and give you the right support”. Clearly the ‘right support’ in the government’s eyes is ‘less support’, as the reassessments are migrating around two thirds of incapacity benefit claimants on to JobSeeker’s Allowance (£26 less per week and on a penalty system for failing to take work).

IDS goes back to Victorian values | Public Finance Opinion

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