Here at Carers Wales we are committed to making life better for carers and as part of that commitment we have just launched our new version of Track the Act – this is a survey aimed at Carers, designed to give them the opportunity to share their views and experiences around the Carers Needs Assessment, which we can then feed back to the 22 local authorities in Wales and the Welsh Government. We would be very grateful to reach as many carers as we can until the survey closes in the New Year 2020.
The link is: http:// www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TrackTheAct5V
Here is the Welsh Version of the Track the Act survey:
Ikea has announced that it will launch a new collection of furniture specially designed for people with disabilities. The functional furniture will be released in May 2020, and was announced during the store’s annual Deomcratic Design Day. The OMTANKSAM collection will be made to assist people with disabilities with different kinds of functional needs, to make getting around the house easier and more comfortable. The range will feature products for the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen, with products including additional padding for seats, vases that are easier to lift and jar grippers.
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Recently the transcript of an address by AM Jane Hutt entitled “An update on advancing equality and human rights in Wales” has been made available. This also includes contributions from Mark Isherwood, Leanne Wood, John Griffiths, Caroline Jones and Suzy Davies. There are many positives in Jane Hutt’s statement together with good contributions from the other AMs. Attached is the link to the full transcript.
The High Court has ruled that the government’s Universal Credit migration arrangements for those who previously received the Severe Disability Premium and moved onto Universal Credit before 16 January 2019 are unlawful.
If the arrangements had been allowed to go ahead they would have left over 10,000 severely disabled people around a £100-a-month worse off.
The case was brought by two profoundly disabled men, known as TP & AR, represented by Leigh Day Solicitors and a woman, known as SXC, also profoundly disabled, represented by Central England Law Centre.
TP and AR argued in their legal case, heard in the High Court on 12 and 13 March, that the government’s provisions for individuals who moved onto Universal Credit before the so-called ‘SDP Gateway’ are discriminatory.
The SDP Gateway came into force on 16 January 2019 and prevents any further severely disabled benefits claimants from being forced to move onto Universal Credit until they are subject to a managed migration process.
Under the government’s regulations those who moved onto Universal Credit before the SDP Gateway came into force would be provided with only £80 per month in compensation, whereas individuals who would be managed migrated would receive a top-up of £180 per month. The £180 reflects the amount actually lost when people move onto Universal Credit.
The provision under challenge that sets the level of compensation at £80 has not yet come into force but if it came into force in the form proposed by the government, the 10,000 plus severely disabled persons who moved onto Universal Credit before 16th January 2019 would receive significantly less in benefits than those who moved afterwards despite their needs as severely disabled people being the same.
TP & AR argued that this difference in treatment is not justified. The High Court has agreed with them and ruled the provision unlawful.
They said they wouldn’t book us because I was a fire hazard,” she says. “That’s absolutely horrendous.” The singer is not alone. A new survey suggests disabled musicians face significant barriers in UK venues. Of the nearly 100 deaf and disabled performers surveyed by Attitude Is Everything, two-thirds said they had to “compromise their health or wellbeing” in order to play live. Twenty per cent said they had been forced to cancel gigs altogether due to a lack of access. Of the nearly 100 deaf and disabled performers surveyed by Attitude Is Everything, two-thirds said they had to “compromise their health or wellbeing” in order to play live.
The disaster of Universal Credit isn’t going away. Right now the government is forcing families into food banks and onto the streets with a system that is meant to help those struggling to get by. It’s so broken, even the UN have stepped in to condemn it.
Right now the new minister in charge of Universal Credit, Amber Rudd, will be deciding what to do about it. She could choose to carry on with Universal Credit as it is, while more people suffer. Or she could listen to the experts – and us, the public – and fix the system once and for all.
Amber Rudd has already admitted Universal Credit isn’t perfect. But when people are suffering every day, we’re going to need more than kind words. If the first thing that lands on Amber Rudd’s desk is a petition, signed by hundreds of thousands of us, she’ll know the public are watching. She’ll know we expect her to act now.
Will you sign the petition today calling on Amber Rudd to urgently fix Universal Credit?#
Measuring the Mountain – Understanding Experiences of Social Care in Wales
Measuring the Mountain is an all-Wales project evaluating the impact of the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014. It is a collaboration between the public sector, third sector and, most importantly, the people who live here.
Funded by Welsh Government, the project will collect stories from people with recent experience of social care in order to build a picture of what social care feels like for the individuals involved.
The Measuring the Mountain team hope to work with organisations across Wales, both to let people know about the project and to help create a network of Listeners. Listeners will support people to share their stories and will play a vital role in ensuring that everyone who has a story is able to share it. Listeners can be staff or volunteers: volunteers will be able to join Spice’s Time Credits network and earn Time Credits for the stories they collect.
If you have a story to share, or if you know others who do, please get involved.
Measuring the Mountain will share their findings with Welsh Government, social care professionals, participants and, through their website and presentations, with people in Wales. In September, the project will host a Citizens’ Jury at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea, to look more closely at key issues that arise from the stories. Members of the public will examine a policy question, draw conclusions and present their recommendations.
Further information about all aspects of the project, including how to be a Listener, share a story or get involved in the Citizens’ Jury can be found on their website www.mtm.wales / www.mym.cymru
Or you can contact Katie, the project manager – firstname.lastname@example.org / 07964 407 739
The Disability Advice Project are applying to the Big Lottery Fund for money to help families bringing up a child or children under the age of 18 with additional needs. One family member needs to be in employment, whether part-time, full-time or self employed. To help us do this we need to learn about the issues that affect families/households and how we can best use this funding to help them. To begin this process we would be really grateful if you would click on the link below and take a few minutes to answer the short survey (only 8 questions)