The concept of personal assistance has been severe

first_imgThe concept of personal assistance has been severely damaged by years of austerity and policies that have “degraded” the support mechanisms designed to enable independent living, leading figures in the disability movement have warned.They were speaking at the launch of Personal Assistance Relationships, a research study which highlights how employing personal assistants can be empowering and liberating for disabled people, but also discusses the “complex” and “variable” nature of such relationships.The disabled academic Professor Tom Shakespeare, who led the research – alongside Dr Andrea Stockl and Dr Tom Porter* – told the launch of the University of East Anglia study that “personal assistance works”, and that it provides disabled people with freedom and control.He said it was “one of the revolutionary innovations of the disabled people’s movement”, alongside the concept of independent living.And he said the government needed to see that it was “cheaper to support people in the community than to have them in residential institutions”.Baroness [Jane] Campbell (pictured, in the House of Lords with one of her PAs), one of the pioneers of the independent living movement, a co-founder of the National Centre for Independent Living (NCIL), and now a crossbench peer, said the state of independent living and personal assistance was currently “very fragile”.She said the last few years had seen a “crash” in the development of personal assistance, with the closure of the Independent Living Fund, cuts to the funding of centres for independent living (CILs) and political ideology that had “combined together to severely damage the whole concept of personal assistance and independent living, with support budgets being cut to the quick”.She told the event that she was “very proud” to have been involved in the “heyday” of the “PA revolution”.The origins of this revolution, she said, had been in the late 1970s and early 1980s when five disabled people “broke out of a residential home” by persuading the local council to “use the money used to warehouse them” to employ their own support workers in the community.She later helped set up NCIL, which assisted CILs across the country to develop peer support, information, advocacy and training for PA-users.She said that working at NCIL – where she was co-director – was “probably the best job I ever had.“To see people grow in themselves and develop all these unique relationships was actually quite a wonder to be part of.”But she contrasted that with the current situation facing disabled people.She said: “I have seen disabled people who are desperately struggling to exercise choice and control because they are forced to offer [PAs] lower wages, fewer hours.“For the first time since the gang of [five] broke out of residential care, disabled people face the horrific possibility of returning to warehousing.”She added: “We are becoming judged solely on short-term economics rather than being measured against article 19 [on independent living] of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.”Mark Harrison, chief executive of the Norfolk-based disabled people’s organisation Equal Lives – which was a partner in the research – said the infrastructure of support around personalisation and independent living had been “degraded” over the last decade.He said that local authorities – and Equal Lives – had lost about two-fifths of their funding, while disabled people “have had their personal budgets slashed and in many cases their eligibility removed”.He said that using PAs and giving people choice and control produces better outcomes and is more cost-effective than care provided by agencies or the private sector or managed by local authorities.He said: “I would think in a time of austerity it would make sense to expand [but] in Norfolk and Suffolk it is going the other way, actually the numbers are going down.“All that independence, all that personalisation, has gone. The cuts are driving everything and it is degrading the whole system.“It seems to me we are going backwards, [and in Norfolk] everything is about meeting savings targets.”He added: “How can we get back that vibrancy that Jane talked about, that social change element, that liberating element?“At the moment, everything seems to be going to the lowest common denominator and care agencies are clearing up.”Kevin Caulfield, of Hammersmith and Fulham Coalition Against Cuts, said that the “fallout” from increased charging for support and the closure of the Independent Living Fund meant that “lots and lots of disabled people who had access to good personal assistance and independent arrangements, those have been destroyed”.But in his borough, the Labour-run council had abolished charging, ringfenced the funding people had previously received from ILF, and set up an independent review of the decision by a previous administration to scrap a direct payments support service.He said: “We are really trying to buck the trend in Hammersmith and Fulham, saying it doesn’t have to be like this.”Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, said that social care was now a “hot political issue”.She said: “We have to grab that and make the most of it.”But she warned: “At the moment, disabled people are not even being talked about in social care. It’s older people.”She said there was “potentially a change coming”, because of greater public and political discussion of austerity, which could be “a moment for us to start pushing back” against cuts to social care.Shakespeare said that personal assistance “has to be part of government thinking”, as it prepares to publish a green paper on adult social care.He said: “It’s a proven model. We know it works [but] we need to make it work better.“I would hope any government would see that it is cheaper to support people in the community than to have them in residential institutions.“Living independently in the community is what we all deserve.”Tracey Jannaway, director of the PA services social enterprise Independent Living Alternatives – another partner in the research – said there was still “a lack of understanding of what personal assistance is, the difference between having a PA and having a care worker”, while many still thought: “What does it matter?”She said there needed to be efforts to “change that mentality… away from the concept of care and towards personal assistance.“There will always be [disabled people] who want [traditional social care] but for people who want personal assistance, it still needs to be pushed and explained to people again and again and again.”*He can be contacted by email at [email protected]last_img read more

Lloyd RussellMoyle Labour MP for Brighton Kempto

first_imgLloyd Russell-Moyle, Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown, wants to restand as a parliamentary candidate at the next general election – but he has asked local members for their views on his candidacy first.On Monday, all Labour MPs were given two weeks to let the party know whether they wish to be a Labour candidate again. Each parliamentarian was given a deadline of July 8th for returning their completed form.Under the trigger ballot system, MPs need the support of at least two thirds of their local party branches or affiliated branches to be automatically reselected. If more than one third of either type of branch indicates that they wish a full selection to take place, an open process will follow.MPs who were imposed at the last election by Labour’s ruling body, the national executive committee, are deemed particularly ‘vulnerable’. It is expected for the argument to be made by activists in many places that local members should have a say and an open selection should take place on principle.Russell-Moyle, who was himself imposed by the NEC in 2017, has made the surprise move of testing the mood of his local party today. The MP has emailed all local members informing them that he plans to conduct a poll, which will ask them whether they support his continued candidacy.He has told members that he will only confirm to the Labour Party that he intends to stand for reselection if he wins the support of the local constituency party.The email reads: “For more than two years now I have had the privilege to represent Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven as the Labour MP, on Monday I received an email from the general secretary asking me if I would like to be the Labour candidate at the next general election.“In 2017 in the snap general election I was imposed by the NEC as your candidate in the election with grassroots members not having a say in my selection. I pledged that I would not re-stand unless I had the confidence of the members.“Using an anonymous third party voting organisation, members will be emailed with a poll asking if they support me staying on as the Labour candidate with the results being given to the CLP executive directly.“I want to make sure that you as my constituency party have faith in me to continue as your representative and I will only confirm my candidature with your support. This doesn’t reduce your ability to hold me to account at the branch level in the current selection process.”Russell-Moyle’s neighbouring MP, Peter Kyle in Hove, has taken a different approach by tweeting his completed form, which shows a ticked box as well as the handwritten message: “Yes, I will be a candidate at the next election”. It is thought probable that Kyle will be ‘triggered’ by at least a third of branches in his local party, though a full process may well see him ultimately reselected.Tags:Lloyd Russell Moyle /last_img read more

Dead raccoon toted into Mission McDonalds becomes viral video

first_img Email Address The last raccoon to be pulled out at a McDonald’s had better luck, and even survived a brawl in Ottawa. [WARNING: Graphic content below]The video of an apparent homeless man hanging out with a dead and bleeding raccoon at his McDonald’s table has been making the rounds in social media, and can be traced back to the Mission. The restaurant’s branch at Potrero and 16th streets had to close temporarily Sunday morning to sanitize the space after the bloody animal’s presence.In the video, the customer behind the camera tries to get the man to remove the raccoon from the table. Seemingly unresponsive, the man just wanders around and shrugs before leaving the restaurant. Another customer picked up the animal and threw it to the trash, before going back to his own food (without changing his gloves!).“The guy came in screaming, ‘Help, help, help!’” the man who shot this video told SFGate. “He came to the counter, and I thought it was a dog at first. The employees told him to leave and he went and sat down with it. ”center_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

TICKETS for the Qualifying Semi Final are now on G

first_imgTICKETS for the Qualifying Semi Final are now on General Sale.Saints will face Wigan on Saturday October 1 (6pm) at the Stobart Stadium and the game is ALL TICKET.Normal match prices apply:North and South Stand: £25 adult, £19 concession, £13 junior, £50 family (two adults and two kids)East Stand: £20 adult, £14 concession, £11 junior, £40 family (two adults and two kids)Tickets can be bought in the Club Store in the Brownlow Arcade, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img

SAINTS U16s take on their Huddersfield counterpart

first_imgSAINTS U16s take on their Huddersfield counterparts at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Saturday February 18 (12pm).It is the first game of the players’ campaign and they will face a tough and big Giants side.Ian Lomax’ Saints squad is:Brandon Neill, Brandon Scully, Cameron Hetherington, Ethan Yates, Harvey Mcdaid, Jack Roughley, Jack Taylor, Jack Welsby, Jake Arnold, Jake Wingfield, Jamie Little, Joshua Carrick, Joshua Hadland, Joshua Simm, Joshua Waterworth, Kian Horridge, Kye Siyani, Lewis Dodd, Mathew Elwell, Sam Morley.Entry prices are £3 for adults and £2 for juniors and concessions. 2017 Members can enter for free.last_img

Burglary caught on camera at Tommys Mini Mart in Leland

first_img Surveillance video shows four men, wearing masks, break the glass front door and entering the business.According to the incident report, the suspects stole cash and cigarettes.If you know any information, please contact Brunswick County Sheriff Office. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County Sheriff deputies are searching for the men who they say broke into Tommy’s Mini Mart on Mount Misery Road in Leland.Deputies say it happened around 2:30 Monday morning.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Bullet grazes woman on cheek during Willard Street shooting

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– The Wilmington Police Department is investigating a shooting that sent one woman to the hospital with minor injuries.Police responded to the 1300 block of Willard Street around 3:30 p.m. Monday after receiving a ShotSpotter alert.- Advertisement – While searcing for evidence, officers were notified that a gunshot wound victim had arrived at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.Police say Shaquise Caroll, 23, had a graze wound on her cheek.Police say witnesses told them a man started shooting at the vehicle the victim was in and that someone inside the victim’s vehicle returned fire.Related Article: Wilmington Police arrest multiple people on drug chargesIf you have any information, call Wilmington Police at (910) 343-3609 or use Text-A-Tip.last_img

Carolina Beach to begin construction soon for Island Greenway Project

first_img Construction will begin during the week of January 22 and is expected to continue through late summer. Work will include clearing, grubbing, grading, asphalt trail construction, and construction of a pedestrian bridge.Road crossings along the route include Sumter Ave., Spartanburg Ave. and Ocean Blvd. Safety signage and traffic control will be provided at these crossings. These streets will remain open to the extent possible, however temporary closings may be necessary.The town says signs and barricades will be used direct drivers and pedestrians to nearby alternative routes when closings are necessary. Island Greenway Project (Photo: Town of Carolina Beach) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) —  The Town of Carolina Beach is preparing to begin construction of the Island Greenway Project.The project is construction of 1.2 miles of paved 10-foot wide multi-use path for bicycle and pedestrian use from Mike Chappelle Park south to Alabama Ave. and through the Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point buffer area.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Woman accused of stealing prescription drugs from Pender Co pharmacy

first_imgAmanda Jo Wood (Photo: Pender County Sheriff’s Office) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Burgaw woman is behind bars after she allegedly stole prescription drugs from a pharmacy in Atkinson last week.Amanda Jo Wood, 35, was charged with the robbery of Atkinson Drug that happened Friday.- Advertisement – During the robbery, Pender County Sheriff’s Office says she used a pocketknife to steal prescription narcotics from the store.Deputies say she was initially hospitalized a short time following the robbery.Wood is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and simple possession of schedule 4 controlled substance. She is currently in jail under a $252,000 secured bond.last_img

Charges dropped for woman accused of hoarding ducks

first_img Huber was charged last December with 9 counts of cruelty to animals, dog/cat/ferret/vaccination requirement, and misuse of 911.The ducks will remain at the Skywatch Bird Sanctuary.Officers can re-file charges in the case. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A judge dismissed the case against Cynthia Huber, the woman who faced animal cruelty charges after law enforcement seized more than a 150 of ducks from her property.The judge denied a request by the state to continue the case because veterinarians needed to testify were not available.- Advertisement – last_img