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|17 Feb 2016|
Edinburgh Stronger Together
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 people under 65 or those who require other types of help such as shopping are asked to pay.
Social Care charges have been the target of a vigorous campaign to resolve inconsistencies and unevenness in care charges across Scotland. Scotland Against the Care Tax collected thousands of signatures on a petition and has built a coalition of user led organisations and charities to oppose this.
However the new template, published this week in national guidance for councils, makes no changes in most of the charging rates applying in Scotland. Disabled people will still pay up to 100% of their income after allowances.
On Wednesday 3rd of June, The Forth Valley Stronger Together were shown around the Scottish Parliament by Bruce Crawford MSP. It was a great opportunity to see where the big decisions are made and to hear the latest news and political developments. Here's everyone in the very bright Debating Chamber just in front of the First Minister's desk. Thanks Bruce!
guest post from Carolan Connolly
CARERS CENTRES IN GLASGOW OUT TO TENDER
Why are carers always the last to know about changes to services that affect them directly.
Our lives are already challenged in GLASGOW due to the forced Personalisation and SDS agenda affecting the lives of our loved ones which seen many of us seeking guidance and support through our local Carers Centres.
NOW we learn they are all out for tender!………… WELL ACTUALLY ONLY A FEW CARERS KNOW, THE MANY THOUSANDS WHO USE THESE SERVICES HAVE NOT BEEN TOLD. I myself found out by chance and in accordance to the timeline thousands will not have their views considered.
The timeline and focus:
*Focus Groups 11th 13th 14th May
*Issues addressed by late August early September.
*The winning service/s will be in position by 1st October.
* The winning tender will be measured on 60% Quality and 40% Budget.
For many carers the centres offer them a life line and lets face it for us change is never good, it usually means cuts and a disservice.
So from now to October unpaid carers all over Glasgow will worry, be fearful and possibly stress over the unknown. All of the things usually alleviated by those very services now out for tender.
A man with learning disabilities who was convicted of attempting to rape a female doctor has been cleared of the crime six months after his death.
Ian Shaw from Inverness was found guilty by a majority jury verdict in 2013 and was sentenced to 18 months in prison. He was later freed after 8 weeks pending an appeal and now the Crown will not oppose the appeal.
An examination of Ian’s computer showed that he was on social media sites a short time before the woman was attacked on the banks of the Caledonian Canal and could not have travelled almost three miles to the scene and committed the assault within the time frame of the attack.
Yet somehow following interviews by police, Ian said he had met the woman on the towpath, and tried to kiss and cuddle her. He said he wanted to have sex with her but she had said no, struggled and ran off. He allegedly told the police officers he would not have raped her saying "I walked home in disgust, thinking it is not in my nature to have done that."
However none of that was true and in fact he was home at the time.
Much of this evidence was available at the original trial.
Our April newsletter has just been published and is being sent out to regular subscribers. If you would like to get your own copy by email then please let us know.
Our first article is on the remarkable rise in Guardianship application for people with learning disabilities in Scotland. New research by LDAS shows cases are never turned down leading to questions about the robustness of the process. Read the article here
Our second article in on our work helping people with learning disabilities get ready to vote in the General Election. You can get lots of information on our website. Read the article here
Finally we continue our look at Care Homes for people with learning disabilities. Since our last edition, the question of care homes for people with more profound disabilities has come before the Scottish Parliament. You can find out what we think about it. Read the article here
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