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Sad news from DPAC

10 November 2016

It is with great sadness that we have to tell you one of our co-founders, Debbie Jolly has died following a short hospital stay. As disabled people everywhere we’ve lost a friend and advocate and a fighter for our movement.

Debbie has played a hugely influential part in the development of DPAC since 2010 and she and I have worked together virtually every day since dealing with the day-to-day things that needed to be done to make DPAC the successful campaign group we have become.

Read in full here

CarerWatch would like to extend our deepest sympathies to those that knew Debbie, both personally and through her campaigning work. RIP


Carers and General Election 2015

15 September 2014

question markAre you an unpaid family carer? 

Are you worried about cuts to benefits and social care?  Have you been affected by lack of respite? …… and so the list goes on.

We are compiling a list of questions to be sent to Ministers from ALL main political parties. Any responses will be posted on this blog.

Please add your question in the comments below or send email to Rosemary at

Please share with your networks


What others are saying  –


from Richard Hawkes  Chair of Care and Support Alliance

In the last few months we’ve heard again from local authorities about the chronic underfunding in the social care system.  Figures from ADASS show that there has been a 26% reduction in social care budgets over the last four years.

As a result, we are seeing a rapidly rising number of older and disabled people who struggle to get the support they need to simply get up, get dressed and get out of the house.

This is placing unbearable pressure on family carers, who are simply unable to fill the gap left by care cuts. The number of people providing full-time care to loved ones is now over 1.4 million, many of who are being pushed to breaking point.

The new Care Act is bold and ambitious.  But delivering on it is dependent on putting the social care system on a sustainable financial footing.We need all political parties to be bold and commit to investing in social care, so that older people, disabled people and the families who care for them get the support they need to live well.


 from Moira Fraser, Director of Policy and Research, Carers Trust

The General Election in 2015 is a crucial opportunity for carers’ voices to be heard. So many issues have impacted on carers in the last four year – changes to the NHS, in welfare benefits and cuts to the services available locally.

Carers votes count. Carers should be able to access adequate support to ensure they and the people they care for are well supported, healthy, and have a  life of their own.

All political parties should make it a priority to recognise the needs of carers. Making sure the rights won under the Care Act in England are properly implemented, including providing the funding to do this, would be a good place to start.


from Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK

Just as more and more families take on caring responsibilities, carers are facing a combination of cuts to social care and benefits. As we approach a general election, all political parties must pledge to stop cutting carers support and urgently put in place measures to prevent carers’ financial hardship and ensure social care services can meet growing demand.

Without this we will see growing numbers of families pushed to breaking point, forced to give up their jobs to care and at risk of debt, isolation and exhaustion.





*Reclaiming Our Futures* – Week of Action

13 August 2013

Received from –

Disabled People Against Cuts,

Black Triangle,

Mental Health Resistance Network

and the WOW petition bring you:

*Reclaiming Our Futures*

Join this year’s week of action to protest against austerity, fight for our rights and celebrate disabled people


Our rights are being stripped away day by day, by the neo-liberal policies being imposed on us all by the Condems, leaving us without much hope for our futures – or our children’s.
We have been here before. Our history is littered with examples of how our community has come together when under attack to fight – and win. From the early campaigns of NLBDP (National League of Blind and Disabled People) through to the founding and manifesto of UPIAS (Union of the Physically Impaired Against Segregation) and on to DAN (Direct Action Network)- Now we have DPAC leading direct action and a host of other key grass root campaigns working towards reclaiming our rights and futures.

We have fought our corner over 3 centuries. And those fights have brought victories; the Independent Living Movement, our early CILs (Centres for Independent Living) and early active DPO’s (Disabled Peoples Organisations) and the significant rights for disabled people (which are now under attack).  They represent big victories, brought about by mobilizing in our communities around our common cause – and having the will and determination to see our demands met without compromising our rights. We have consistently united in anger and celebration.

DPAC Reclaiming our Futures Action

This Autumn, we are asking our community to come together in anger, and celebration again – and to unite around our demands.

We will be launching the UK Disabled People’s Manifesto setting out our vision of how the resources, structures and institutions of our society today can be re-designed to empower disabled people to take part in life on our terms. Disabled people are, and always will be, the experts on our lives and our self-determination. It will be a vision and practical plan that we can take forward in our communities, workplaces and lives to reclaim our futures.

In the build up to the manifesto launch, DPAC is (more…)


8 June 2013

BBC Radio4 newsletter

Dear listener

l’ll be here to answer your questions about Power of Attorney on Wednesday’s Money Box Live.  Call 03700 100 444 from 1pm to 3.30pm on Wednesday or e-mail now.

Also in the show

1. From Monday any disabled person with care or mobility needs will have to claim a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP) rather than Disability Living Allowance which it is replacing. PIP demands a higher level of disability to get the same amount of money. We look at what those criteria are and how they have changed.

2. If you have a complaint about a financial firm that cannot be resolved then the standard advice is ‘go to the Financial Ombudsman Service’. But many listeners have contacted us to say the service is so slow that the delays are costing them money too. The Deputy Chief Ombudsman answers the criticisms.

3. Many people are afraid of the cost of going into care in later life. But is putting your home into trust a sensible way to hide it from the local council? Many advisers say it is. But they charge a hefty fee upfront and offer no guarantee that this wheeze will work. A lawyer and a local council director advise.

New research shows massive economic benefits from providing social care to disabled people

4 June 2013

Press release

New research shows massive economic benefits from providing social care to disabled people


·        Every pound spent on preventative and community services generates benefits to people, carers, local and central Government worth an average of at least £1.30.

·        Spending Review ‘perfect opportunity’ to plug gap in social care funding, say five major disability charities

Five leading charities have revealed that investing in social care prevents disabled people falling into crisis, and as a result, leads to substantial economic benefits.

The in-depth study conducted independently by Deloitte establishes that every £1 spent on services like support in the community, housing and communication support generates benefits to people, carers, local and central Government worth an average of £1.30.

The study comes as the social care crisis debate about who gets care and how it’s funded continues to make the headlines, with the Government’s Care Bill being scrutinised in Parliament.

The experts analysed four distinct services used by disabled people who need a lower level of care – which is often just a few hours-a-week and could be help with budgeting and timekeeping.

Totalling up the costs in comparison to the benefits and savings,the ‘returns’ ranged from 18% to 53%.  Modelling those findings nationally produces benefits to the Exchequer, local health and care commissioners and individuals of at least 30%.

The benefits come from


When one of us is threatened – we are all at risk

20 April 2013

This was sent in via email. We dont know where it originated so if anyone finds out please let us know so we can give them full credit.


First They came ……


A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package.*


What food might this contain?’ the mouse wondered – – – he was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning: There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!’

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, ‘Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.’

The mouse turned to the pig and told him, ‘ (more…)

Show the government that you care about Social Care

18 April 2013

Are you disabled, in ill health, a carer or know someone who is?

titanicCarerWatch members are extremely concerned about the impact of the Welfare Reform Act on Social Care. Not just on those people affected now,  but those that will be in the future.  It is vital we take every opportunity to raise our voices about these issues to government.

See below for details received of a new campaign – Britain Cares

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Received from Scope –

I wanted to let you in on a new campaign, Britain Cares – see website here

We all know how much support is being savagely taken away at the moment, but we think coming up there is a major opportunity to help get something positive to happen.

We believe that there is the potential for a big political moment to get the Government to address the growing crisis in social care for disabled people, with the Care and Support Bill coming into Parliament in May (one of only two major Bills) and the Government’s Spending Review brought forward to this June. We need to make a big push in April and May building up to June.

It could make a direct difference to the lives of more than 100,000 disabled people in this country through providing social care – but this campaign is also really about trying to galvanize wider public support for the rights of disabled people.

We want to take it to the Government and show them actually they’re wrong, many people in this country (disabled and non-disabled) believe in good, fair support for disabled people to live their lives.

At the same time, this campaign is about trying to show there are lots of people in Britain with shared values of fairness and freedom, and we want to live up to those values by making sure disabled people can live their lives like everyone else.

We want to challenge the Government by showing them.

There are two main ways to get involved:

– Upload a photo saying “I care!” or “We care!” at  where you can email it to your MP with a message

– If you have experience of the importance of social care yourself, please share your story with your MP – we urgently need to get them to understand more about the importance of social care against the backdrop of all the other cuts – further details to be found here

Please do have a look, it’s live online now and with a first big moment around 30 April,  to coincide with two All-Party Parliamentary Groups who will be coming out with their report on social care for working age disabled people.

If you’re interested and could help share/support in any way once it’s up and running, that would be enormously appreciated.

It’s not just a Scope campaign – other charities, organisations and others are getting behind it too, we want to make this as broad a church as possible.

You can contact Joe Hall at Scope for any more information or materials:

Update – Campaign for Benefit Justice

13 February 2013

.Come and have your say (details here)

7pm   Thursday 14th February 2013

at Camden Town Hall, Council Chamber

Judd St, WC1H 9JE



Further information received. Please share with your networks.

Campaign for Benefit Justice


Cuts in benefit are an unjust attack on the poor and they must stop. People are already being driven into debt, hunger and homelessness. From April millions more will be hit by the Bedroom tax, cuts in council tax benefit, ending Disability Living Allowance and further vicious cuts. In one of the richest countries in the world, the rise of food banks, destitution and poverty is not acceptable. People receiving benefits did not cause the banking and economic crisis and we do not accept them being scapegoated to pay for it.

The Campaign for Benefit Justice, a network of grassroots campaigns fighting the Tory attacks invites (more…)

Camden United for Benefit Justice

4 February 2013

Camden United for Benefit Justice

Invites you to a Community Speak-out


Welfare Reforms –

what they mean for us

and how we can oppose them


Come and have your say

7pm   Thursday 14th February 2013

at Camden Town Hall, Council Chamber
Judd St, WC1H 9JE

Introduced by

Rev Paul Nicolson from Taxpayers Against Poverty
 who are backing legal actions against the cuts in Camden, Islington and Haringey


If you need translation, please let us know

Are you a council or private tenant, a two-parent or single parent family, on a low income, disabled, unemployed, a pensioner, a carer, receiving working tax credit or other benefits, cut off benefits, in debt, struggling to heat your home, dependent on food banks, an asylum seeker, trying to escape domestic violence with nowhere to go . . . or a resident concerned with the welfare cuts?


Speak out against the cuts and how they are affecting you …
Join the borough-wide campaign to stop them …
Stop evictions … Cut rents not benefits …


Joint Committee on the Draft Care and Support Bill

16 January 2013

Committee Room 6

Meeting starts on Thursday 17 January  at 9.45am

Draft Care and Support Bill Witnesses

  1. Laura Robinson, Policy and Communications Adviser, National Voices, Marc Bush, Head of Research and Public Policy, Scope, Caroline Abrahams, Director of External Affairs, Age UK, Alex Fox, Chief Executive, Shared Lives Plus
  2. Mark Goldring CBE, Chief Executive, Mencap, Mental Health Foundation,  Action on Elder Abuse, Sue Bott, Director of Development, Disability  Rights UK


WATCH LIVE HERE   from 9.45 am  17th Jan 2013

Committee home page

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