DWP should penalise WCA contractor, says Citizens Advice

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The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has reaffirmed its previous call for financial penalties on the business contracted to undertake work capability assessments (WCA). This follows the National Audit Office recent criticism of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) failure to penalise the privately owned French company – Atos, for “under-performance”. Predominantly an international IT […]

Helping the helpers: Southend’s first SPIN event was a success

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The exciting networking event, SPIN, was attended by many Southend organizations, all with a common cause in mind: helping to support children with special needs. “We were delighted with the response from providers,” remarked James Courtenay, Southend-on-Sea Council’s Executive Councillor for Children and Learning. “Nearly 40 different groups and organisations attended. “In this difficult economic […]

Protecting your interests: new consultations published for patients

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Two new consultations were released by the Department of Health last week, which aim to ensure that the best interests of patients are continually protected throughout the health service. The consultations include proposals that call for Monitor, the health service regulator, to “act transparently” and “avoid discrimination”. The Department of Health claim that “changes [are] […]

New support offered for people with mental health issues

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Self-management booklet will help people “achieve a better quality of life”, says the Mental Health Foundation. The Mental Health Foundation, together in partnership with Hafal and Bipolar UK; launched a new booklet last week which provides guidance for those wishing to manage their own mental health. The booklet, appropriately titled Taking Control, is specifically aimed […]

Disability rights pioneer, Lord Morris bequeaths legacy of inclusion and justice

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Four decades ago, a hard won law, the 1970’s Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act, championed the welfare of the disabled, and indirectly by extension benefited their care networks and families too. The Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act was ground-breaking in that it created rights and initiatives for people with disabilities, altering the life […]

Team Essex Ambassadors Strive for Paralympic Glory

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Spurred on by the success of fellow Team Essex Ambassadors (TEAs) Laura Trott, Saskia Clark and Chloe Rogers, who all brought home Olympic medals, our Essex Paralympic athletes will be pulling out all the stops to achieve their Paralympic dream. Daniel Bentley of Great Dunmow, Emma Hollis of Harlow and Hannah Stodel of West Mersea […]

Get on Your Bike at Surrey Supercycle

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National disability charity United Response is encouraging those inspired by the Olympic achievements of Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton to get on their bike at a new forthcoming cycling event in Surrey. Surrey Supercycle, which takes place at the famous Top Gear Test track in Dunsfold Park, near Guildford, on Sunday 16th September, is […]