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WG Blue Badge Consultation

Sunday 1 December 2013

 

WG Blue Badge Consultation

Welsh Government are consulting blue badge eligibility and Cognitive Impairments.

The Blue Badge Scheme in Wales provides access to services and facilities to people with mobility impairments who meet the eligibility criteria. This consultation outlines proposals to include within the eligibility criteria people who are unable to travel safely because of sensory and cognitive impairments that impact on their safety when accessing services and facilities.

For more information see: http://wales.gov.uk/consultations/transport/bbscheme/?lang=en

If you would like to contribute to the consultation you can do so by sending  your comments / views directly to the Welsh Government.

Email: blue.badge@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Post:  Blue Badge Team, Integrated Transport Unit, Welsh Government, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NQ

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Independent Living Fund to be re-examined by ministers

Thursday 21 November 2013

 

Independent Living Fund to be re-examined by ministers

The government will not be seeking leave to appeal after its decision to abolish the Independent Living Fund (ILF) was overturned in a court ruling.

The £320m ILF currently provides support enabling nearly 19,000 severely disabled people in the UK to live independent lives in the community.

The High Court ruled in April that the closure decision was lawful, but this was overturned by the Court of Appeal.

The ILF will continue for now with ministers set to reconsider its future.

The fund provides a ring-fenced budget for the independent living needs of severely disabled people.

‘Fight back’

Last year the government decided to close it and devolve the funding to local authorities.

That meant the money would no longer be ring-fenced, would be subject to normal budget cuts, and many disabled people feared that they would lose it.

The Court of Appeal quashed that decision, because it found that the government had not given proper consideration to issues raised by the Equality Act, which included the need to promote equality of opportunity for disabled people, and to encourage them to take part in a public life.

The government said it would not appeal, but, in light of guidance provided by the Court of Appeal, ministers would be invited to make a new decision on its future based on further advice.

BBC legal correspondent Clive Coleman said the announcement meant that, for the time being, the fund remains intact and in business.

Campaigners are now urging the government to secure the fund’s long-term future, he added.

A statement from anti-austerity group Disabled People Against Cuts, whose members took the case to court, said: “We all owe a great debt of gratitude to the five ILF users that took this to the courts and the solicitors and barristers who worked tirelessly.

“It has proved that disabled people can and will fight back. It has proved that disabled people can win.”

The Department for Work and Pensions said: “This government is absolutely committed to supporting disabled people and we continue to spend around £50bn a year on disabled people and their services.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-24870493

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Court Case finds closure of Independent Living Fund unlawful

Wednesday 6 November 2013

 

INDEPENDENT LIVING VICTORY FOR DISABLED PEOPLE.

Today the Court of Appeal held that the Minister for Disabled People had acted unlawfully when deciding, in December 2012, that the Independent Living Fund (ILF) would close in 2015.

The ILF is a body of the DWP but managed by independent trustees and has, for more than 20 years, helped severely disabled people to live independent lives.

The Court of Appeal has quashed the decision on the grounds that the Minister failed to have due regard to the Government's obligations to promote equality of opportunity for disabled people, under the Equality Act, when deciding to close the fund.

Read a full press release on the decision.

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'Keep warm, Keep well'

Friday 25 October 2013

 

'Keep warm, Keep well'

 

The Department of Health has published an updated version of the ‘Keep warm, keep well’ leaflet as part of their Cold Weather plan for 2013.

The Cold weather plan aims to advise and prepare people for the effects of winter weather on people’s health. The document provides health advice for individuals including information on having a healthy diet and lifestyle as well as advising people to protect themselves from seasonal flu by getting a free annual flu jab.

The document is aimed at people aged over 60, low income families and people living with a disability. The document advises on how to heat your home effectively and talks about the financial help that is available to help people in heating their home. This includes the Winter Fuel Payment, currently only available for people who were born on or before 5th July 1951, the Cold weather payment and the Warm Home Discount scheme.

Read the updated version of the ‘Keep warm, keep well' leaflet online or contact the Department of Health for an alternative format.

 

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Consultation on the PIP assessment 'moving around' activity concluded

Thursday 24 October 2013

 

Consultation on the PIP assessment 'moving around' activity concluded

Following a consultation on the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Assessment Moving around activity, the Government has published its response.

Click on the link below to find out more

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-the-pip-assessment-moving-around-activity

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Can you support our work?

Thursday 24 October 2013

 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SUPPORT OUR WORK?

You can now send a text gift to Disability Can Do through JustTextGiving: a service provided by JustGiving and Vodafone.
 
Although operated by Vodafone, customers of all UK mobile networks can use the system to give by text.

Simply text the code CAND01 followed by the amount you want to donate (£1, £2, £3, £4, £5, or £10) to 70070 and we will receive your donation to our JustGiving account.
 

The best bit of all is that this service is completely free to both you and us -  So every penny you donate goes to support our work and will be very much appreciated.

 

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Independence at Home-Grants Available

Friday 18 October 2013

 

Independence at Home-Grants Available

Independence at Home is a charity which supports people with a disability or long term illness by providing grants to help meet the costs of disability related equipment, home adaptations and otheressential items which are needed, yet are not available from public funds.

This includes:

    • Mobility and travel equipment, such as powered scooters, wheelchairs and trikes
    • Living aids, for example riser-recliner chairs or adjustable beds
    • Communications equipment
    • Building work, home repairs or heating grants
    • Therapeutic toys and play equipment.

The average grant is currently £300 although individual grants range between £200 and £600 depending on the type of equipment supplied or building work carried out.

Independence at Home often work in tandem with funding from other agencies to enable higher value equipment to be purchased or more substantial adaptations to be made. Clients need to be introduced by a suitable referrer usually a Health or Social Care professional worker, for example, a Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Specialist Nurse, or a Case Worker from Housing, Care and Repair or the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.  They also accept referrals from workers from voluntary organisations.

 

 If you would like more information:

Visit www.independenceathome.org.uk

TeL: 0208 4277929 to talk to a member of staff (Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm)                               Email: iah@independenceathome.org.uk

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Are you looking for a challenge?

Friday 18 October 2013

 

COULD YOU JOIN OUR TRUSTEE BOARD?

We're looking for volunteers to join our Trustee Board

HAVE YOU:

Got an interest in Disability or Caring?

Got expertise in financial management, business planning, human resources, charity law and legislation, marketing, fundraising or have knowledge of good management practice?

If so, we'd like to hear from you

Please Call us on 01495 233555 or email secretary@disabilitycando.org.uk

Applications for trusteeship are considered by the board on individual merit.

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Screening Programme urges men to know their size!

Tuesday 15 October 2013

 

 

Screening Programme urges men to know their size!

 

Men aged 65 who live in Caerphilly Borough are being encouraged to take up the offer of a free NHS screening test which could save their life.

Launched in May 2013, the Wales Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme (WAAASP) offers men a quick, painless, one-off ultrasound scan to check for a condition that can be life-threatening, if left undetected.

Screening clinics are held regularly in locations across Wales, such as community hospitals, community health facilities and GP practices. In Caerphilly Borough regularclinics are held in Aberbargoed and Caerphilly.

 An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) can happen to anybody but it is most common in men aged 65 and over who smoke; have high blood pressure; high cholesterol or have a family history of AAA.

Men aged 65 will be invited for AAA screening if they live in Wales and are registered with a GP practice.

 Men who are eligible to be screened will receive an invitation letter and information leaflet through the post, offering them an appointment at a local screening clinic. The letter will give details on where the clinic is being held.

The test measures the size of the abdominal aorta. The aorta is the main blood vessel that supplies blood to the body. Sometimes, as people grow older, the wall of the aorta in the abdomen can become weak, and stretch to form an aneurysm (a swelling). When this happens, there is a risk that the aorta may split or tear (rupture).

A ruptured AAA can lead to serious blood loss that will need immediate emergency treatment. Not every AAA will rupture, but if it does, the chances of getting to hospital and surviving surgery are very poor.

There are around 400 deaths a year in Wales from a ruptured AAA and the screening programme aims to reduce the number of ruptured AAA and deaths by half in the men invited for screening by 2025.

Llywela Wilson, Head of the Wales AAA Screening Programme commented: “We would encourage all men who receive an appointment for AAA screening in Caerphilly Borough to take up the offer for this quick, free and very important health check.

“Men will be invited to a local clinic to have the ultrasound scan carried out by a qualified screener, and given the results straight away before they leave. Their GP will also be sent a written copy of the results. Men found to have a large AAA will be referred to the hospital specialist team to discuss treatment to repair it.”

She added: “The ultrasound scan itself takes just a few minutes of your time, but it really could help save your life. Around 95 out of 100 men screened will have a normal result, where no AAA is detected, and they will not need to be screened again.”

Usually people cannot tell if they have an AAA as there are no signs or symptoms. The screening programme aims to reduce the risk of rupture through early detection, appropriate monitoring and treatment.

AAA is less common in women and the National Screening Committee does not recommend offering women screening for AAA.

 Anyone (male or female) who is not in the screening age group and is concerned that they may have an AAA, or is worried about a family history should speak to their GP.

 

For further information, and for a list of clinic locations, visit the website: www.aaascreening.wales.nhs.uk or telephone:

South East Wales: 01443 235 161

West Wales: 01792 453 162

North Wales: 01492 863 563

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