Government changes to Mental Health Capacity Act places human rights of disabled people in jeopardy

  By Kitty Jones   Under the Conservative government, applications for the Deprivation of Liberty of citizens have soared. (Source: Court of Protection hub.) Last month I wrote an article about the government’s under the radar proposed changes to the Mental Capacity Act, raising my concerns about how it threatens human rights – Government changes to Mental … Continue reading “Government changes to Mental Health Capacity Act places human rights of disabled people in jeopardy”

Statement on Visit to the United Kingdom

Statement on Visit to the United Kingdom, by Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights   London, 16 November 2018 Introduction The UK is the world’s fifth largest economy, it contains many areas of immense wealth, its capital is a leading centre of global finance, its entrepreneurs are innovative … Continue reading “Statement on Visit to the United Kingdom”

Support for special educational needs

Children face potential deficit of £536m, councils warn the Independent   Vital support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is facing a potential funding gap of more than half-a-billion pounds, local authorities say. Services in England face a projected shortfall of £536m this year – more than double the gap they faced the previous … Continue reading “Support for special educational needs”

Universal Car Crash by Blueannoyed

BBC  Panorama Highlighted some of the issues with Universal Credit  with the focus on Housing Benefit Direct Payment process. While this may have been a overall a shock for those who watched the programme who may have never even heard of it, It wasn’t a shock to Disability Campaigners and those who need to make … Continue reading “Universal Car Crash by Blueannoyed”

Disabled man ‘forced to give up guide dog’

Disabled man ‘forced to give up guide dog’ due to rule he didn’t know existed the Mirror Roger Debman, 57, from Liverpool, said he is “absolutely gutted” after a neighbour reported him for walking two pets at once, including his assistance dog A partially sighted man says he has been forced to make the heartbreaking … Continue reading “Disabled man ‘forced to give up guide dog’”

Budget social care funding boost pits needs of adults and children against each other, warn sector heads

Chancellor Philip Hammond announces short-term package to ease pressures on social care but sector bodies say response is inadequate community care bulletin Money announced in today’s Budget for social care is inadequate and pits the needs of adults and children against each other, sector leaders have warned. Chancellor Philip Hammond said English councils would get … Continue reading “Budget social care funding boost pits needs of adults and children against each other, warn sector heads”

Disabled adults ‘unable to get around home’ because of care shortfall

One in three respondents to Care and Support Alliance survey report cuts to council funding, raising concerns over Care Act breaches community care bulletin A quarter of adults with disabilities in receipt of council funding are unable to safely move around their own homes because the social care they receive is insufficient, research by a … Continue reading “Disabled adults ‘unable to get around home’ because of care shortfall”

MPs Condemn Sanctioning Of Sick And Disabled Claimants

NOVEMBER 6, 2018 blog same difference With many thanks to Benefits And Work. The House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee yesterday condemned the sanctions regime being used against sick and disabled people as ‘harmful and counterproductive’. They have also called the refusal of the government to carry out any evaluation of the effects of … Continue reading “MPs Condemn Sanctioning Of Sick And Disabled Claimants”