Is the third sector making a mockery of research?

While I was in the hospital over the summer, I started to watch BBC Breakfast, out of boredom as opposed to anything else. Around 8.40am each morning, they had a 'general information' piece which often involved someone important from a charity talking about their latest research, backed up by a few personal stories from individuals … Continue reading Is the third sector making a mockery of research?

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Surely we all want Best Value for public monies?

I read wih dismay and frustration at the Charity Sector's response to the government's proposal that monies given to Charities by government organisations for services should not be used for lobbying. The Charity sector claim this is a vow of silence as they represent 'the vulnerable' against the Big Bad Government. But lets just clarify … Continue reading Surely we all want Best Value for public monies?

The real reason I did not attend the Labour Party conference

Several months ago, I applied for Leonard Cheshire Disability (LCD) ‘Access all Areas’ scheme that supports disabled campaigners to attend a party conference. My application was upfront about who I was and I believe on that basis, I was successfully selected to attend the Labour Party conference. Unfortunately, due to specific circumstances I was not … Continue reading The real reason I did not attend the Labour Party conference

Why do charities not help individuals anymore?

I believed there was a time when charities gave money to individuals when they were in crisis or needed specific support with equipment and other costs, and that this time is going or has gone. Now so many charities are simply 'not for profit but still big salaries' businesses who run services on behalf the … Continue reading Why do charities not help individuals anymore?

You are not a charity

It is clear to me that many charities have grown so big, so powerful and so commercial that in reality they are no difference than commercial enterprises. Many charities no longer provide money to individuals to help them in whatever way but simply 'third sector' providers of government services on the cheap and with the … Continue reading You are not a charity

Is the tradegy model of disability winning?

I have not discussed it very much but as well as the medical and social model of disability, there is also a tragedy model of disability, which portrays disabled people as victims, unable to contribute properly and equality in society and constantly dependent on the charity of others for their existence. It is clear to … Continue reading Is the tradegy model of disability winning?

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

Charities must be made more accountable

When you give £1 to charity, do you really know when the money is going? Because it is guaranteed not to be where you believe it to be going to. Why is health research apparently funded by charities but the NHS can not afford the breakthrough drugs and treatments because the drug companies complain they … Continue reading Charities must be made more accountable

Aspirational oppression

I have noticed over the last few years that charities like to use a clearer trick to disempower disabled person and especially their own service users which I call aspirational oppression. The trick is to design, with their users, a list of top levels 'aspirational' goals for everyone to get excited about, like the right … Continue reading Aspirational oppression

The End of representation politics

For a generation disabled people have supposedly be led by charitable organisations which claim to be user led, and I must wonder since the DDA was enacted 2 decades ago along with Direct Payments, what exactly have they achieved in anything. I believe particularly with disability issues we may be coming to an end in representation … Continue reading The End of representation politics