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Government postponement of social care cap ‘is a betrayal’ PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dave Edwards (Submitted by)   
Tuesday, 18 August 2015 17:58

The government has “betrayed” people who use social care by deciding to postpone the introduction of a cap on their care charges, according to a leading disabled figure.

Sue Bott (pictured), deputy chief executive of Disability Rights UK, spoke out this week following the government’s decision to abandon the key manifesto pledge, just weeks after the general election.

She said the move provides further evidence that “to all intents and purposes, the state is opting out of social care”.

The cap was due to be introduced next April, but social care minister Alistair Burt announced in a letterto the Local Government Association last month that he had “taken the difficult decision to delay the introduction of the cap on care costs system” until April 2020.

The cap was expected to add £6 billion to government spending over the next five years, but Burt said in his letter that it was “not the right moment to be implementing expensive new commitments”.

The cap would have placed a lifetime limit of £72,000 on the amount an individual had to pay in care charges towards meeting their assessed and eligible care needs.

Bott told Disability News Service (DNS) that the postponement meant that councils would continue to increase care charges.

She said: “The basic problem here is that the Department of Health does not even collect statistics on how much councils are charging for care, so the government has no consistent idea of what councils are charging.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 17:59
Our Put back the heart campaign is needed more than ever... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraer Stevenson   
Saturday, 08 August 2015 13:48

The Board have recently announced they have a preferred candidate they want to appoint as our Chief Executive and until that appointment is finalised, Sandy Brown will be our interim CEO.

Dr Anthony Marsh is no longer our Chief Executive and has returned to the West Midlands.

The Board and Trust Chair are ultimately accountable for their decisions and we look forwards to them sharing their plans for the future of our Trust. To read more please follow this link. 

Last Updated on Saturday, 08 August 2015 13:53
Student Paramedic update… PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraer Stevenson   
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 16:35

We've recently been approached by a number of Student Paramedics over the payments they make each month towards their higher education pathway.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 August 2015 16:37
Labour leadership trio cause fury after late leap onto ILF bandwagon PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dave Edwards   
Monday, 03 August 2015 06:57

Disabled activists have angrily dismissed the attempts of three Labour leadership contenders to win support by suddenly voicing opposition to the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF).

They are furious that Andy Burnham (pictured), Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall are now claiming that they oppose the closure, even though they repeatedly failed to support campaigners before the fund closed for good last month.

Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP) both spoke out in the wake of Burnham’s sudden claim – in response to questions from Disability News Service(DNS) last week – that he was “against the cruel abolition of the Independent Living Fund”.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 August 2015 07:00
DSA survey conclusion PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Pittman   
Tuesday, 14 July 2015 10:01

East of England Ambulance Service

DSA Survey Monkey - Conclusion

A total of 576 members of staff responded to the DSA survey monkey which ran for two months in early 2015. Some answers were anticipated and some were not, but there were some which give cause for concern. Of the 576 members that took part 89 (15.45%)  were ECA’s,  100 (17.36%) were Student Paramedics, 108  (18.75%) were Emergency Medical Technicians and 279 (48.44%) were Paramedics

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 10:08
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