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|27 Aug 2016|
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in December we said in 11 councils people were getting less Direct Payments after the Act came in than they had before. New figures including the take up of other options were published in July 2016 and show that both Falkirk and Inverclyde actually did better than that getting more people into SDS packages than the previous year. But the 8 of others were still doing worse than the year before SDS was introduced.
Glasgow has been undergoing its Personalisation process since 2009 and says that over 1700 people are now getting Option 2. We think this shows a problem with just using numbers to explore SDS. Glasgow worked out the cost of service for these people, then transferred that money to their existing social care provider in their name and declared that was their equivalent to Option 2.
After our earlier article Social Work Scotland wrote to us to complain that we were being unfair. They said that SDS must be about more than just how many people make the choice, it must be about the outcomes people get. We agree. It’s a shame that councils’ don’t publish any information on the outcomes that people get from SDS.
As a result, the Learning Disability Alliance Scotland has decided to carry out its annual survey on the experience of people with learning disabilities with SDS. We also welcome the views of family and paid carers. You can be one of the first to complete our survey here.
Waterloo Close NHS care facility in Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire near Glasgow cares for 6 people with profound learning disabilities and should provide safe and secure care.
Over a 2 year period following his admission, Michael Howard, 53, who has Down’s Syndrome suffered black eyes and broken ribs at the care centre and was struck so hard that he had to be rushed to hospital. Michael’s ordeal came to a head when he was taken to hospital on July 7, 2014, after being found covered in blood with a serious wound to his genitals. The doctor treating him at Glasgow Royal Infirmary insisted on contacting social services.
Managers at the Waterloo Close NHS care facility had failed to call the police after any of the previous incidents, meaning the chance to gather crucial forensic evidence was lost.
His brother Neil said: “Michael had no track record of being to accident and emergency before he moved there in 2012 but suddenly he was suffering all manner of injuries that could not be explained.
The new Work and Pension Minister, Damian Green has announced that it will take till September 2018 until all Job Centres are ready to handle Universal Credit claims.
In a further delay he said existing benefit claims would not start being transferred to Universal Credit until July 2019 and the transfer would be completed before summer 2022—6 years away
Andy Murray is the latest celebrity to throw his support behind the campaign to end Care Charges.
A great player and a great cause!
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