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A recent judgement from the High Court is that Norfolk County Council’s decision to increase care charges for a severely disabled woman was declared discriminatory (Severely disabled woman wins her claim that council care charges are discriminatory – Being The Boss). Under the Care Act 2014, Councils can decide whether they charge for social care and what charge they make, provided that they leave people with the minimum amount that they are allowed to keep under the government’s Minimum Income Guarantee. What Norfolk County Council had done was to take the claimant’s enhanced benefits into account in deciding what to charge her and fail to allow for the fact that she was unable to undertake paid work. The judge ruled that this was discriminatory under the ECHR:
Because the Council was excluding people’s earnings from its assessments for care charges, disabled people unable to work were being treated as if they had earnings as well as benefits.
The Council’s decision also meant that people with the highest support needs were being charged more than those with lower needs.
The court action resulted from tremendous campaigning by a local disability network in Norfolk, supported by Inclusion London and the legal firm Leigh Day.
A reminder about our short survey concerning involvement. This survey aims to tell us what would help you to take part and influence services to work better for you and other people in similar situations. Some examples of involvement activities are completing a survey about a local health service, taking part in a focus group with your local authority or providing lived experiences to students on a social work degree course.
2. Send an email to: email@example.com and we can send a Word version of the survey for you to complete or arrange to do a telephone survey. Please make it clear which you would like when you send the email.
3. If you or someone you know is digitally excluded or would need assistance then please call: 07956 424511
The survey is very short and should take no longer than 10 minutes.
Call Out – Do You Have A Lockdown Story You Want To tell?
Paid: £50.00 (if you are one of the lucky 5 to be selected for a more detailed interview)
Closing date: Friday 16th October
Writer Mandy Redvers-Rowe has been funded to develop a new script called Shielded & Shafted.
Shielded and Shafted is a new script she is developing in response to how Covid-19 has impacted on Disabled People’s lives.
From writer Mandy Redvers-Rowe:
“I am a Disabled writer who has been funded through an Unlimited Micro-Commission to develop a new script called Shielded & Shafted.
Shielded and Shafted is a new script I am developing in response to how Covid-19 has impacted on Disabled People’s lives.
During lockdown the UK’s response to Covid-19 has increasingly excluded and marginalised Disabled People. Sometimes through legal means and sometimes through practice. All in the name of safety. All under the guise of protecting us. We have experienced reduced access to supermarkets as they responded to new social distancing requirements and have been frustrated by a lack of access to information. For instance, when no BSL Interpreter was provided by the government during their daily updates. Now we are aware that many of us are amongst the most vulnerable, as new figures confirm that a disproportionate number of Disabled People have died as a result of the virus.
At its heart, the script will consist of five verbatim monologues. These will be developed by interviewing Disabled People who were shielded during the lockdown.
If you do not have a full story but have something you would like to say please email me a sentence, thought or statement. If your words are used I will let you know and you will be listed as a contributor.”
A second survey request from Shaping Our Lives, this time about using technology during the pandemic.
Shaping Our Lives has been given some money from the National Lottery Community Fund to do research about the impacts of the Covid19 pandemic. This, their second survey, is about using technology for keeping in touch, having meetings and appointments during the Covid19 pandemic and lockdown.
During the Covid19 pandemic many appointments, meetings and leisure activities have taken place remotely. Shaping Our Lives want to find out if remote communication technology is a good way for you to take part or receive a service. Or, if remote ways of communicating are difficult or impossible for you to use.
Shaping Our Lives would be very grateful if you answer a short survey. This survey is only for d/Deaf and Disabled people. Disabled people are people with sensory, cognitive, neurodevelopmental conditions, learning disabilities or physical impairments, mental health issues and people with long term health conditions.
You will not be asked to give your name and all answers will be kept anonymous. What you and other people tell Shaping Our Lives will then be used to tell people in national and local government the support d/Deaf and Disabled people need to use remote communication technology and if it is suitable all the time.
Send an email to: information @shapingourlives.org.uk and we can send a Word version of the survey for you to complete.
Call Becki on 07956 424511 and do the survey over the telephone or by Zoom.
The survey will take about 15 minutes. There is no involvement payment offered for completing this survey. This is a different survey to the one Shaping Our Lives recently launched about the impact of Covid19 on Independent Living and we would like people to complete both surveys if possible.
Thank you for taking part and contributing to this research.
An organisation called Shaping Our Lives has been given some money to do research. The research is to find out what longer term impacts Covid 19 emergency policies and lockdown have had on d/Deaf and Disabled people’s ability to make the most of their independent living. For example, some people have said that they have lost their confidence in getting out and about and everyday living has become more difficult. Others might feel very differently.
The researchers want to find out about Disabled people from more than just one Disabled people’s organisation so would be very grateful if you could help them by answering a short survey. This survey is only for d/Deaf and Disabled people.
You will not be asked to give your name and all answers will be kept anonymous. What you and other people tell them will then be used to tell people in national and local government the support d/Deaf and Disabled people need to get back to living independently, feeling safe and confident.