Council charges £1,000 for support service

Council charges £1,000 for support service

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Man with Asperger's 'punished for being disabled' after council charges £1,000 for support service. Steven Oliver uses an outreach service that helped him secure a part time job - but he says the charge means there would be little point in working. An article in the Daily Mirror shows the increasing concern about rising care charges. A man says he is "being punished for being disabled" after a council gave him with a £1,049 invoice for the support that allows him to work. Steven Oliver, 40, who has Asperger Syndrome, had been receiving vital Self-Directed Support (SDS) through an outreach service provided by Autism Initiatives Scotland (AIS). This support has enabled him to work in a part-time job, for five hours a week over the last year. But Steven was…
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Can’t Pay – Won’t Pay

Can’t Pay – Won’t Pay

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Care Charges – Scotland’s Hidden Rival to the Poll Tax A patchwork of different 32 different ways of taxing disabled people who require personal and social care is generating anger and discontent across Scotland and levels of non-payment now rival that of the Poll Tax. Thousands of disabled people all over Scotland are refusing to pay a tax of up to 100% on their income while Scotland’s local and national politicians have failed to end what everyone agrees is an unacceptable situation. Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health, states that “charges made by local authorities for social care, where necessary, need to be fair and affordable.” But figures from 29 Scottish local councils suggest that disabled people have given up waiting for the Scottish Government to sort the problem. 19%…
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How to claim Disability Related Expenditure

How to claim Disability Related Expenditure

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Introduction Research by the disability charity Scope estimates that on average, disabled people spend £550 a month on disability-related expenditure, including higher heating bills, buying specialised equipment, paying for taxis to get around or covering higher insurance premiums. Paying for social care charges can make this even worse so it is important to have such Disability Related Expenditure properly recognised when it comes to any financial assessment Legal Basis for Charging and Disability Related Expenditure The Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 provides the legal basis for charging for non-residential care. Under s87 of the Act charges must be both “reasonable and practicable” for an individual to pay. Understanding the associated additional daily living costs of living with an illness or a disability is essential if local authorities are to ensure…
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The “Game’s A Bogey” for Efforts To Make Care Charges Fair

The “Game’s A Bogey” for Efforts To Make Care Charges Fair

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COSLA’s new proposals to solve accusations of unfairness in social care charging are claimed to help less than 500 people in Scotland. Ian Hood, Coordinator of the Learning Disability Alliance Scotland said that “only a handful of wealthy pensioners who need help with shopping will be the beneficiaries of this scheme. Councils have increased care charges on disabled people by 21% in the last year alone and they are treating them as cash cows to make up for council cuts.” COSLA is bringing in a new Standard Financial Assessment Template that is meant to help councils reduce the variation in charges for the same service from one area to the next. Over 100,000 people in Scotland receive social care and those not entitled to Free Personal Care such as disabled…
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Council to scrap care charges

Council to scrap care charges

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Hammersmith and Fulham Council announced they will be getting rid of the charges after saving money elsewhere Elderly and disabled people in Hammersmith and Fulham Council will no longer have to pay for home care charges. A total of 313 people who currently pay for carers to help carry out everyday tasks such as having a bath, cleaning or shopping will no longer have to pay the £12 an hour charge which can amount to £281 a week. Council leader Stephen Cowan announced the changes at last night’s public meeting held to celebrate the United Nation’s international day of disabled people. There are 1,666 people in the borough who use the home care service, with the majority eligible for free home care, but those who fall outside the threshold will…
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Scottish Labour attack the scandal of Scotland’s care tax

Scottish Labour attack the scandal of Scotland’s care tax

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Today, Scottish Labour published a press release on the scandal of Care Tax.  We agree with them that this must be ended.   We really welcome the support of all political parties in the campaign against the Care Tax.  It is important that we focus on the fact that care charging is an attack on human rights of disabled people and not lost in a political spat in the pre-election debate. Below is an excerpt from the Labour Party press release.   On the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Scottish Labour attacked the scandal of Scotland’s care tax, calling on the Scottish Government to take immediate action to abolish it. Faced with huge budget cuts due to the underfunded council tax freeze, councils have increasingly turned to introducing…
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Care Charges go up by 5 times the rate of inflation

Care Charges go up by 5 times the rate of inflation

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The Learning Disability Alliance Scotland has discovered new evidence that charges for social care are still rising at five times the rate of inflation.  New figures published by the Scottish Government earlier this week show that councils now generate almost £50 million from people living on state benefits to subsidise their statutory duties. While the amount collected in charges has reduced in homecare, this has been more than compensated by the rise in Direct Payments and reflects a more general move of people from getting homecare organised by the council to arranging for themselves directly. This 10% increase over the last financial year shows an accelerating increase in the amount councils take from people with disabilities from a 4% increase in 2011 and a 7% increase in 2012. All Scotland -…
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MOST COUNCILS REJECT RAS AND GO FOR EQUIVALENCE IN SDS

MOST COUNCILS REJECT RAS AND GO FOR EQUIVALENCE IN SDS

Self Directed Support
New research by the Learning Disability Alliance Scotland has found that most councils in Scotland are now rejecting the pseudo scientific idea that complex social care needs can be translated into a single number (like the discredited IQ Score) and bringing back the judgement of professional social workers into working out social care needs. 18  out of 32 councils are now running  an Equivalence model in their area.  Only 12 councils are running the points based RAS in their areas and 1 of these only does it for people with learning disabilities.  2 councils have yet to decide what to do. “Equivalence” is a  system that relies on the judgement of a professional social worker to establish the level of a budget.  They decide what support they would normally provide…
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“A Return To The Dark Ages”?

“A Return To The Dark Ages”?

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Glasgow City Council Social Work Services are currently tendering for a new 20 bed Care Home for people with learning disabilities. In Scotland we like to think of ourselves as being more forward thinking than the rest of the UK.  But in November, shocked that more people were entering institutional care than leaving it in England, Norman Lamb MP, the UK Minster for Care admitted on the radio that the problem is that local authority provision for people living in independently was falling behind. And he promised action to deal with it.  The money was there, he insisted. ITS NOT THE SAME IN SCOTLAND Glasgow City Council is seeking "a discrete unit dedicated to the care and accommodation of 20 adults with learning disabilities, staffed on a 24 hour basis,…
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A thought on a tweet

A thought on a tweet

Accessible Politics, Uncategorized
Our dear friend Colin is part of a group of adults with learning disabilities who attend one of the LDAS Accessible Politics groups on a regular basis. As a great fan of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Colin was right at the front of the queue recently when a trip to the Scottish Parliament to watch First Minister’s Questions was planned. Thanks to local MSP Willie Coffey, the group was able to tour the chamber of the Parliament after FMQs so naturally Colin made straight for the First Minister’s seat to try it out. He even did a bit of a pretend speech about what he would do if he were First Minister for a day. We sent out the picture of Colin in a tweet, partly to share such a…
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