Does the government have a ‘carers know best’ policy?

While the public may be aware that the government inspects health and social care services through an organisation called Care Quality Commission, what is less know is that as well as full time qualified inspectors, the organisation also uses people with experience of using services to inspect services along side these inspectors, known as Experts … Continue reading Does the government have a ‘carers know best’ policy?

I am ‘really disabled’ and I feel pushed out of society by Labour

 Welfare benefits for people with impairments are once again in the media with the political correct left attacking the government for not implementing changes to PIP to ensure more people with lesser impairments can receive it. The government is, in my opinion, quite right to say that in a world of limited resources that the … Continue reading I am ‘really disabled’ and I feel pushed out of society by Labour

Scaremongering by activists may be causing deaths, not the DWP

There has been a lot of articles written about welfare reforms and most of it is quite negative,  especially in terms of its impact on people with impairments. There is an endless supply of articles conveying shock and anger at how people with impairments did not receive the benefits that the reader is asked to assume they … Continue reading Scaremongering by activists may be causing deaths, not the DWP

How do we make including disabled people ‘fair’?

In the context of this article, inclusion can be seen as the activities that are required by state, society and individuals to assist people with impairments to fully participate in all of Citizenship including employment, leisure and family life. This will include removing environmental barriers, changing behaviours and practises, and enabling and empowering individuals to grasp … Continue reading How do we make including disabled people ‘fair’?

Disabled people need a Plan B-Z when they travel

Like everyone else, I was concerned to read about the difficulties faced by out-of-order accessible toilets on a train, and the now infamous incident at the start of the year was certainly something that warranted a strong complaint. However, I did feel the media did take it too far, once again using it as an opportunity … Continue reading Disabled people need a Plan B-Z when they travel

Has 2016 been a good year for disabled people?

In considering if 2016 was a good year for people with impairments, my overall conclusion would be probably not in the context of my commitment to full and meaningful inclusion of anyone with an impairment as contributing citizens. I would like to propose three examples that demonstrate that while many activists and campaigner have celebrated them as … Continue reading Has 2016 been a good year for disabled people?

A user perspective of the Social Care Crisis

For the last few months, there has been endless talk within health and social care fields about a 'social care' crisis that reached fever pitch when the Chancellor's Autumn Statement did not mention social care, let alone providing additional funding. Many people have commented on the situation but very few users have had a say, so … Continue reading A user perspective of the Social Care Crisis