Transparent priorities

I fear one of the problems with any government, national or local, is they are not very good is being transparent or consistent in their priorities and how they are implemented. We can not often come onboard with what the government is doing because we do not know what they are trying to do as … Continue reading Transparent priorities

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Beware of the medical research charities

It is worrying how many medical charities have adverts on TV proclaiming you have a moral and social duty to donate money to them to solve Cancer, Heart disease or some other condition. My concern is if the NHS is free at the point of delivery, why do have a give money to charities so … Continue reading Beware of the medical research charities

Understanding impairment, health and the social model

One of the weaknesses of the social model is that it fails to offer a complete understanding of impairment as an identity and as a practical concern. While many disabled people do not wish to be 'cured' of their impairments, they clearly wish to stay as healthy as they are able to and manage their … Continue reading Understanding impairment, health and the social model

Residential care in 2013

Those who are attacking the government for closing the Independent Living Fund are using the idea of residential care as a metaphor for something worth than death as they portray a level of institutionalisation from the 1970s, but it is fair to portray residential care in this way. While it is not my personal choice … Continue reading Residential care in 2013

If this was a Labour government

If we had a Labour Government implementing the necessary welfare reforms instead of the Coalition government, would people be reacting with so much hostility? Well, I have come to the conclusion that probably not and that a lot of the so-called anti-cuts protests or in fact anti-tory protests by trade unionists, socialists and those institutionalised … Continue reading If this was a Labour government

How would my ideas on social care work for me?

I am aware I have some quite radical ideas about social care that would change the way a lot of person receive support, potentially reducing the amount their receive while still dramatically improving the quality of their life, and I accept that would include myself. Unlike many people who talk up ideas until its affects … Continue reading How would my ideas on social care work for me?

Who understands employing Personal Assistants (PAs)?

While many people in social care talk about personal assistants, because it is fashionable to do so, I must wonder how many people actually understand what it really means to employ personal assistants? I have been employing PAs over twenty years, half my life, and so I think I know my stuff. But it is … Continue reading Who understands employing Personal Assistants (PAs)?