Social Care News

20th May 2019 - Blue Badge Eligibility Criteria Changes

Following a consultation in 2018 the government announced that it will be extending the Blue Badge eligibility criteria to include people with ‘hidden disabilities’ such as dementia, autism and a number of mental health conditions. These changes will come into effect on 30th August 2019.

The changes to include “hidden disabilities” is very much welcomed, but there is a concern that there won’t be enough blue badge parking spaces for all who need them.

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15th May 2019 - The Care We Want

Clenton Farquharson MBE, chair of Think Local Act Personal, gave the following speech at ADASS Spring Seminar on the care that he wants. He paid tribute to the person-centred approach of his social worker and made a plea for delegates to remember their moral and legal duty to put people’s wellbeing front and centre.

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18th March 2019 - Disservice to older and disabled people by delaying social care green paper

The Chancellor’s Spring Statement has announced further delays to funding and reform of social care. A three-year Spending Review will now align with the Autumn Budget two years since the government announced its intentions to publish a green paper.

The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) is calling on government to rethink and bring forward much needed reform.

While the government appears unable or unwilling to progress the green paper, says VODG, by contrast it is railroading through controversial reforms on mental capacity legislation. The swift passage of the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill proves that government can pick up the pace of reform – if it so chooses.

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18th March 2019 - Disability services issue demand to Government on overnight payments

Long-running uncertainty about payments and funding for sleep in staff has created huge uncertainty in social care for many years. Current social care funding fails to fully recognise the contribution that staff make to improving people’s lives.
The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) representing charities that provide services for disabled people, today publishes a new position statement on the issue.

The statement outlines the national association’s “grave concerns” over the lack of clear regulations for the payment of overnight support. VODG warns that this will drive the social care market to move in uncoordinated ways and lead to “inconsistent commissioning and provision.”

VODG also calls for the government to set a new rate for sleep in payments, after full consultation with workers, employers, commissioners and other stakeholders.

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