Bristol City Council Consultations – Libraries, Getting Your Voice Heard and A4018 Improvement Proposals

Libraries:

Have you got ideas or suggestions for your library and its building? Can you help make these ideas happen?

BCC want you to tell them about your ideas or suggestions for your library and its building. They are looking for opportunities for community-led activities and partnerships to create a library service for the future.

Ideas could include extending the service and use of buildings while also looking at the wider needs of the local community. These can be small ideas that could be started quickly, as well as bigger ideas which will make a significant difference to how a library service is provided in the future.

You can submit ideas up until the end of April 2019 at bristol.gov.uk/libraryideas

Getting Your Voice Heard:

Are you interested in becoming part of the Bristol’s Citizen Panel?

The panel has been running for over 20 years but BCC need to add new members! It’s an online Panel where residents of Bristol are asked about their views and opinions on a wide range of issues. You will be asked to complete surveys up to 4 times a year and can leave the Panel at any time you choose.

You can take part at bristol.citizenspace.com/business-change/bristols-citizens-panel

Do you live in Westbury or use the A4018 on a regular basis?

A4018 improvement proposals.

Take part in BCC’s consultation on proposed changes to the A4108 (Also known as Wyck Beck Road, Passage Road, Falcondale Road, and Westbury Road).

The A4018 is one of the most important routes into central Bristol; therefore it can be very congested throughout the day. Proposed developments to the Filton Airfield site will also increase the number of people travelling via the A4018 over the next few years. BCC have proposed several changes to improve current levels of congestion and meet the growing demand on the A4018.

You can give your feedback on these changes by filling in the survey below. If you want to talk to us about the A4018, you can attend a drop-in session on 23 and 27 February or 4 March. Times and revised venues for the drop-in sessions and more information on the proposed changes is available by clicking the link below. 


You can take part at bristol.citizenspace.com/growth-regeneration/a4018-improvements-proposals/


This consultation will close on 17 March 2019

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Disability News Service News 14th Feb

Parents who home educate disabled children ‘scapegoated’ by commissioner

Families forced into home educating their disabled children because of the lack of support from mainstream schools are among parents who are being “scapegoated” by the children’s commissioner, according to a disabled mum and campaigner.

Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner for England, published a report last week that calls for action to address the lack of knowledge about the standard of education and safety of the tens of thousands of children currently being home educated.

Research by Channel 4’s Dispatches, for a documentary presented by Longfield (pictured) last week, found that 22 per cent of children withdrawn from school to be home educated in 2017-18 had special educational needs (SEN).

Read the full article here.

‘Delight’ over breakthrough on Welsh independent living scheme closure

Disabled campaigners have welcomed measures that aim to address concerns over the imminent closure of the Welsh government’s independent living grant scheme.

Julie Morgan, the deputy minister for health and social services, has written to council leaders to ask for an immediate “pause” in the closure programme and its replacement with a system of council-funded support.

There will now be new independent assessments for any former recipients of the Welsh Independent Living Grant (WILG) scheme who are unhappy with the new support packages allocated by their local authority.

Read the full article here.

‘Disability Confident’ Arts Council England’s job stats shame

The Arts Council has admitted that only two per cent of its directors – and just three per cent of its managers – are disabled people, despite having achieved “Disability Confident Employer” status under the government’s discredited disability employment scheme.

Arts Council England (ACE) has now become the latest employer to achieve the top two levels of the Disability Confident scheme – including government departments such as the Department for Work and Pensions – despite their own troubling records on disability employment.

The figures came in ACE’s fourth annual diversity report , which showed figures for 2017-18.

Read the full article here.

MP speaks of pride at being dyspraxic at launch of Neurodivergent Labour

A disabled MP has spoken of her pride at being able to speak openly about being dyspraxic, after having to hide her diagnosis from employers for years before she entered parliament.

Emma Lewell-Buck (pictured) was previously a social worker but was “acutely aware that if there were any job cuts that would come around, it would be used against me and I would be the first one in the dole queue”.

She said she used to take work home with her at weekends, work late into the evening and start early in the morning because, like many other disabled people, she felt she had to “go the extra mile” and “work that little bit harder to prove yourself or keep up”.

Read full article here.

Launch of Neurodivergent Labour ‘could be milestone in fight for rights and equality’

The launch of a new user-led political organisation is set to be a “landmark event” for neurodivergent people in the Labour party.

After three years of lobbying, discussions and consultation, disabled party members launched Neurodivergent Labour in central London on Saturday.

Janine Booth, co-chair of the TUC disabled workers’ committee, who played a key role in its formation, told the launch event it would be “a milestone in the fight for acceptance, rights and equality for autistic, dyslexic, dyspraxic and otherwise neurodivergent people through the Labour party”.

Read the full article here.

User-led sector ‘faces threat of extinction’

User-led organisations across the country are continuing to close, with the sector even facing a “real threat of extinction”, leading networks have warned this week.

Those user-led organisations that have found a way to survive are increasingly being side-lined from government consultations and government-funded projects, they said.

The National Survivor User Network (NSUN) estimates that about 50 more user-led organisations that were previously NSUN members have been forced to close in the last year.

Read the full article here.

MPs hear of ways to save benefit claimants from harm… or even death

Disabled activists and shadow ministers at a parliamentary meeting have been told of ways they could help to reduce the appalling damage caused by the government’s hated “fitness for work” assessment and other social security cuts and reforms.

Academics, researchers, politicians and campaigners spoke at yesterday’s (Thursday’s) meeting (pictured), which was hosted and organised by Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell as part of a lobby of parliament.

The First Do No Harm lobby focused on the continuing refusal of ministers to ensure that sufficient medical evidence is gathered before decisions are made on claims for out-of-work disability benefits, particularly for people with mental distress.

Read the full article here.

Ministers block release of ‘no deal Brexit’ social care recruitment plans

Ministers are refusing to release information that would show what extra plans – if any – the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has put in place to deal with an adult social care recruitment crisis in the event of a “no deal Brexit”.

With just 43 days until Britain faces the possibility of leaving the European Union without a deal in place, DHSC claimed that “premature” release of the information could put at risk “effective policy formulation and development regarding our exit from the EU”.

Instead of releasing its records, it has pointed to “high level” plans published just before Christmas, but they suggest that ministers have no plans in place to deal with an adult social care recruitment crisis.

Read the full article here.

Tory conference police force admits sharing information on protesters with DWP

Disabled activists have demanded an inquiry after a police force that has patrolled four Conservative party conferences since 2010 admitted sharing information about protesters with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has now become the second police force to admit sharing information about people taking part in protests with DWP, following a similar admission by Lancashire police.

But GMP has also admitted having a “sharing agreement” with DWP, even though the department explicitly stated two months ago that it had no such arrangements with any police force.

Read the full article here.

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Introducing the Bristol Sight Loss Council

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Are You Interested in Improving the Lives of Blind and Partially Sighted People in Bristol?

The Thomas Pocklington Trust are launching the brand-new Bristol Sight Loss Council following the success of other Sight Loss Councils across the country.  

What is a Sight Loss Council?


Sight Loss Councils are made up of volunteers who themselves are blind or partially sighted. Members work to tackle local issues, working with public, private and voluntary organisations to improve and support their services and make them more accessible.


The Trust believe blind and partially sighted people are best suited to work with organisations to enable them to better understand the needs and improve the lives of people with sight loss.

Bristol Sight Loss Council Launch Event

The Trust are holding an event to launch the Sight Loss Council in Bristol on Thursday 28th March 2019 from 11.00 am till 2.00 pm (lunch is included). The venue is The Southville Centre, Beauley Road, Bristol, BS3 1QG

Are you the kind of person the Bristol Sight Loss Council is looking for?

The BSLC need people who have:

• An interest in the issues that affect people with sight loss
• A desire to advocate about issues of common concern
• Excellent communication skills
• A track record of being reliable, punctual and committed
• The ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Over 18 years old 

Find out More!

For more information or to book a place at the event please contact:


Alun Davies
Engagement Manager

Telephone no: 07779 169019

Email: alun.davies@pocklington-trust.org.uk
Website: www.sightlosscouncil.org.uk

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News from Disability News Service 7th Feb

DPO welcomes ‘ground-breaking partnership’ with elected mayor

A ground-breaking new partnership between disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) and Greater Manchester’s elected mayor could become a “template” for future work with local authorities across the region, according to one leading DPO.

Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP) said this week that it believed that Greater Manchester was the first combined authority in the country to establish a formal partnership between DPOs and the elected mayor.

The authority, led by Labour’s Andy Burnham, is now set to approve funding this month which will ensure that the lead of a new disabled people’s panel will be a paid position.

Read the full article here.

New charter aims to put dignity and respect at heart of local services

Disabled campaigners have launched a new charter that aims to persuade organisations – and individuals – in their local area to treat people with dignity and respect.

Ken and Tracy McClymont have spent four years working on the Dudley Dignity Charter, which lists 10 key principles for how people should be treated, focusing on areas such as communication, privacy, choice, control, advocacy and fairness.

The McClymonts, both key figures in Dudley Centre for Inclusive Living (Dudley CIL), have worked on the charter with another local disabled people’s organisation, Disability In Action, with support from Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council and Healthwatch Dudley.

Read the full article here.

‘Ill thought out’ bill needs stronger safeguards, minister told after meeting

The government must introduce “stronger and more effective safeguards” to protect the rights of service-users who face having their freedom restricted by health and care providers, disabled campaigners have told a minister.

Inclusion London wrote to care minister Caroline Dinenage yesterday (Wednesday) about the government’s mental capacity (amendment) bill, which is currently awaiting its Commons report stage.

The letter followed a meeting between Dinenage and representatives of Inclusion London and People First (Self Advocacy) this week, and an open letter to Inclusion London published by the minister last week.

Read the full article here.

Newton forced to apologise after misleading MPs in WOW debate

The minister for disabled people has been forced to apologise to MPs after Disability News Service (DNS) caught her misleading MPs about support for disabled people for the fourth time in less than a year.

The misleading comments by Sarah Newton about disability poverty came in December when she was responding to a House of Commons debate on the impact of eight years of cuts to disability support.

But it was only on Tuesday this week, four days after DNS had drawn the attention of her press officers to her misleading comments, that she sent a letter apologising to MPs.

Read the full article here.

‘Shocking’ PIP death figures ‘show assessment process is unfit for purpose’

About 1,600 working-age disabled people are dying every year after having their claim for disability benefits rejected, the government has been forced to admit.

The Department for Work and Pensions figures (DWP) reveal that 7,990 disabled people who lodged a claim for person independence payment (PIP) in the five years after the new benefit was launched in April 2013 had died within six months of registering their claim, while also having that claim rejected.

These figures mean that more than 130 working-age disabled people a month have been found ineligible for PIP following an initial assessment by government contractors Atos and Capita but were still so unwell that they died soon afterwards*.

Read the full article here.

Inquiry call after ‘fitness for work’ firm ‘admits it has no safeguarding policy’

The government’s “fitness for work” contractor appears to have no written policy on how to protect the safety of people claiming out-of-work disability benefits, despite years of evidence linking the assessment with deaths and serious harm.

Only last week, it emerged that ministers have omitted the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) from a new cross-government plan aimed at reducing suicides, despite ever-mounting evidence linking such deaths with the work capability assessment (WCA) and social security reforms.

Now a senior executive from Maximus appears to have admitted to a disabled campaigner that the company does not have a safeguarding policy, nearly four years after taking on the WCA contract, although it claims it is in the process of creating one.

Read the full article here.

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Help DPAC’s Research on Social Care

Following on from the Independent Living Strategy Group (ILSG) report* into charging for social care, DPAC would like to find out more about how these charges are affecting people. These charges are sometimes called a ‘personal contribution.’


If this affects you, there is an online survey at:  
https://dpac.uk.net/2019/01/please-help-our-research-on-social-care/

* You do not need to give your name, or address, unless you want to be contacted. *
If you would like to complete the survey in a different way, or want more information please get in touch.

If you would also be happy to speak to the journalist Frances Ryan, could you also email DPAC at: 
mail@dpac.uk.net 

DPAC are also looking for someone who is willing to be in a video about: 

  • The negative impact charging has on getting the care and support they need,
  • Being left in debt by these charges.

The video would be for a separate campaign. If you are interested in being filmed for a video, please contact DPAC: mail@dpac.uk.net 

* The report about charges for social care can be downloaded at: 
https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/sites/default/files/pdf/Chargingsurveyreport-18Nov2018.pdf

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Disabled Britain on Film

You can now explore the British Film Institute’s ‘Disabled Britain on Film’ collection for free online at: https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/collection/disabled-britain-on-film

The following films are available for you to watch for free:

The End – Science Fiction, 2011, 24 mins
A moving speculation on the future decline of Deaf culture


Smallest Woman in the World – News, 197, 28 mins.
Location: Bromsgrove.
Living in a world that takes no account of her size: Joyce Carpenter is
Britain’s smallest woman.


Trapped Rhythms – Music video, 2016, 4 mins.
A powerful music video that demands respect for difference.


Eyes of a Child – School programme and Educational film, 1961,
31 mins. Location: Dorton Ho (Sch).
Young imaginations run wild at School for Blind Children.


Resistance – Drama, 2008, 13 mins.
Artist-activist (and Forum member) Liz Crow’s haunting film about the
Nazis’ Aktion-T4 programme during World War Two. In 1939 Germany,
a secret institution has sinister plans for its Disabled inmates.


Artificial Limb Making – Non-Fiction, 1916, 1 mins, Silent.
Occupational therapy turns full circle, as amputee soldiers learn to make
artificial limbs for others


Hands Solo – 2009, 15 mins.
A Deaf man becomes a world-famous porn star thanks to some
advanced skill with his hands.


Ian Dury – Biopic, 1983, 52 mins.
Blockheads lead singer talks about how becoming a Disabled person
has affected his life and music.


Like Other People – Documentary, 1972, 51 mins.
Man Alive! The moral panic, sex, and when professionals ruled – life as
a Disabled couple in 1972.

Desire to Work – Promotional film, 1981, 18 mins.
Including Disabled people in the workforce through gadgets and aides.


Education of the Deaf – Documentary, 1946, 51 mins. Location:
Manchester.
A quick look at the tests and education practices for Deaf people in
1940s


Zero Hour – Charity appeal, 1928, 8 mins, Silent.
“In the kingdom of the blind, the St Dunstan’s man is king”: how blinded
WWI soldiers set up their own businesses.


Y Gwr O Gwr Yr Aran – 1978, 29 mins. Location: Llanuwchllyn
Teacher Frank Letch of Llanuwchllyn, Gwynedd discusses his life and
living with his acquired impairment in this TV documentary.
[In Welsh with English subtitles.]


A Day in the Life of Kevin Donnellon – 1972, 28 mins.
An episode of World in Action documenting the life of 11 year old Kevin
and how he and his family live with the effects of the drug Thalidomide.


An Ordinary Life – 1985, 29 mins
“I’d much rather work at a computer than make wicker baskets” –
Disabled people hit the mainstream in 1980’s Britain.


Rehabilitation at Roffey Park – 1946, 29 mins. Location:
Roffey Park (College).
The treatment of World War II Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – filmed,
astonishingly, in full colour.


Invalid Carriage Protest – News, 1977, 2 mins. Location:
Solihull.
Disabled motorists take on the Government and corner a Minister in the
process.


The Mask – Documentary, 2017, 4 mins.
Personal exploration of identity and autism, with a splash of Al Murray.

You can also explore further free collections related to disability
and Disabled people, such as:


Care or Cure?
For centuries, both Disabled people and becoming Disabled were
viewed as a fearful burden, both to the family and to society at large.
This collection reflects this underlying world view, which often switches
between seeking a cure for impaired bodies and minds, and if a cure
isn’t found, to care for them.


Body Politic
It’s only relatively recently that Disabled people began to be seen as a
part of, not apart from, the communities where they live and work. This
collection shows the slow change in attitudes as, after Disabled people
campaigned, a more enlightened approach of ‘care in the community’
began gradually to replace the life sentence of being consigned to an
institution.


Fundraising and Charity
Beginning with caring for the returning wounded from the First World
War and ending at a special school for Disabled children in the early
1990s, these films show how the charitable response to disability was
the predominant one for many Disabled people.


Up Close and Personal
Covering three decades, this collection of personal experiences gives an
insight into how Disabled people were often viewed through two
powerful lenses. One saw disability as a personal tragedy. The other
saw Disabled people as triumphing over adversity. But Disabled people
usually aren’t like these stereotypes, if given the opportunity to speak for
themselves.


Nothing About Us Without Us
Driven by better access to digital technology and online platforms, the
most recent chapter in D/deaf and disability-led filmmaking has seen an
exciting range of current work that challenges how the mainstream
represents us and puts the way we are portrayed on film back in the hands of the Disabled community.

The BFI has some more examples of Disabled Britain on Film in their
Rentals collection which you can access here: Explore Rentals

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“Horrendous” Online Abuse of Disabled People

An inquiry by a committee of MPs has revealed the “horrendous, degrading and dehumanising” abuse that Disabled people are exposed to when they use the internet.

Helen Jones, the Labour MP who chairs the committee, said: “Our inquiry into online abuse and the experience of Disabled people has shown that social media is rife with horrendous, degrading and dehumanising comments about people with disabilities.

“The law on online abuse is not fit for purpose and it is truly shameful
that Disabled people have been forced off social media while their
abusers face no consequences.”


“There is no excuse for the continued failure to make online platforms
safe for Disabled people.”


“Self-regulation has failed Disabled people and the law must change to
ensure more lives are not destroyed.”


A government spokesperson said: “As part of the Online Harms White
Paper we are bringing in new laws and reviewing existing ones to make
the internet safer for everyone, including Disabled people.”

Full article here.

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