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?
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
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
Because I have cerebral palsy, I have required social care support since I came to University in Coventry in 1992, and I will continue to require support until the day I die. While my needs may fluctuate, my general requirements will remain unchanged. These statements sound too obvious for an article although it is important … Continue reading I will remain a service user until the day I die
I hope that I am a person who can enjoy and contribute to a healthy debate. I believe that if I do not understand or agree with someone, I would try to break down the issue to establish the heart of the matter. I hate when people make sweeping statements and are then unwilling and unable … Continue reading Insulting my mental health is not the answer
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’?
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
In the first of a series of articles focusing on social care in 2017, I want to start at the beginning and ask the question of what is the purpose of social care? In all the many discussions I have seen since before the Care Act have never asked or answered this fundamental question, which … Continue reading What is the purpose of Social Care?
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?
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