“It Could Be You”, is a campaign that aims to tackle attempts by politicians and many in the media to create division between so called “strivers and scroungers”. Their aim is to demonise people who are receiving sickness benefits, in order to justify the unfair and inhuman treatment of disabled people, through the use of a deeply flawed assessment process known as the “Work Capability Assessment” (WCA).
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NHS England has set out guidance for how new access and waiting time standards for mental health services are to be introduced.
In October, NHS England and the Department of Health announced the measures in Improving better access to mental health services by 2020.
NHS England’s guidance, out today for CCGs, explains the case for change in four areas and sets out the expectations of local commissioners for delivery during the year ahead working with providers and other partners.
Parts of the Department for Work and Pensions’ discretionary Social Fund, introduced in 1987, were abolished by the Welfare Reform Act 2012. This paved the way for the delivery of new local welfare provision by local authorities, replacing Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans. In Manchester this amounts to 2.7M per annum.
The DWP decided that this funding would cease from May 2014 however this decision was challenged in a judicial review (supported by CPAG) which resulted in a ruling that the DWP had to carry out a consultation process.
National Voices, the health and care charity coalition, is launching a new set of take-away resources which set out the best ways to engage people and make person centred care happen.
Called Evidence for Person Centred Care, this rich set of resources is designed to make it easy for commissioners and providers to access, understand and make use of the best evidence for various approaches to involving people in their health and healthcare.
Five ‘simple guide’ booklets can be quickly downloaded to use in making value cases for patient and service user involvement
The consultation ‘Stronger Code: Better Care’ is asking for your thoughts on a new draft Code which includes:
• 5 new guiding principles
• significantly updated chapter on how to support children and young people, on the use of restraint and seclusion and the use of police powers and places of safety
• new chapters on care planning, equality and human rights, links to the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, and support for victims
Manchester City Council’s Public Health team is currently looking at how alcohol early intervention and treatment services are delivered within the city. They are looking at how the whole system can be redesigned, following a review earlier this year that identified ways the current system could be improved.
They want to take into account the opinions and views of a range of people. This includes current and ex-service users and their carers, people involved in providing alcohol services, providers of other services in the city, and members of the public with an interest.
The Department for Work and Pensions has appointed Dr Paul Litchfield to undertake the fifth independent review of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), This is the final statutory independent review of the WCA, as required by section 10 of the Welfare Reform Act 2007.
Information about the call for evidence can be found here http://tinyurl.com/nhff9dm
Who this call for evidence is aimed at
If you become sick or disabled and lose your job you want to know that you will be supported. Poorly designed rules make it difficult to determine who is fit for work and who isn’t. Citizens Advice are calling on the Government to make ESA fit for work.
'Fulfilling Potential?' is a new report by Catherine Hale, co-published by Mind and The Centre for Welfare Reform, it outlines the abject failure of the Government's back-to-work programme.
The report describes the experience of those sick and disabled people who are put into the 'Work Related Activity Group' in order to help them find work. The report found:
Could Manchester be Europe’s answer to America’s hippest city - Portland, Oregon?
Manchester has enjoyed solid economic success, there is now an opportunity for a ‘new wave’ to Manchester’s future. A new report A Civil Economy for Manchester, prepared for Macc by the think-do tank the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) demonstrates how this new wave is about unleashing the power of citizens, social and voluntary group.