Category Archives: Cuts

The man dreaming of being ordinary – and the campaign to help him

TweetHow many people aspire to be ordinary? Success is usually defined success as standing out from the crowd, being the focus of attention or doing something extraordinary. But Shairaz’s wish is different. Shairaz wants to be regarded as ordinary because, … Continue reading

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Public transport should be for all members of the public

TweetPublic transport – by definition involves “buses, trains, and other forms of transport that are available to the public, charge set fares, and run on fixed routes”. While the network is meant to be for the use of the general … Continue reading

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Ordinary residence, extraordinary mess

Tweet“Disabled people in residential care who want to live more independently are being prevented from doing so by funding wrangles between local authorities” – that’s taken from a piece I wrote three years ago, but since then little has changed. … Continue reading

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“I am valuable. I can still shine and I will still go on”

TweetHuge lashes sweeping over her eyelids, face framed by diamante and skin shining gold, this is a photographic portrayal of how Samona Naomi Williams feels some days: valuable, not a burden to society. Yet Samona, a wheelchair user who Ehlers-Danlos … Continue reading

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Cuts and controversy in Tower Hamlets

TweetLutfur Rahman’s name is usually prefixed with the word “controversial”. It is an apt description of the first directly elected mayor of Tower Hamlets, in east London. He is the council’s ex-Labour leader turned independent mayoral candidate who won 2010′s … Continue reading

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Disability history: “I quite clearly remember being tied to the cot sides”

Tweet“I quite clearly remember being tied to the cot sides,” recalls Florence, now in her 70s, of the childhood she spent in hospital. “Literally, two wrists tied to the cot sides with cotton tape so as I couldn’t get up … Continue reading

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How back office benchmarking can improve efficiency

TweetWhen social housing provider One Vision Housing (OVH) reduced its total management costs by £2.8m in five years, it was partly due to the fact it had been benchmarking its back office functions. The Merseyside-based group spends less now on … Continue reading

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Sticking plasters, surgery and spending reviews

TweetA damp squib of a sticking plaster, or what health secretary Andrew Lansley has said is the “most comprehensive overhaul [of social care] since 1948” and an end to the care lottery? Most early reaction to today’s long awaited care … Continue reading

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Cuts: do the right maths

TweetI had to share the infographic below from learning disability charity United Response which, if you’ve not already seen it, lays bare the impact of cuts to disability living allowance (DLA), the benefit that helps people with care and mobility … Continue reading

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Local government finance: sailing into the perfect storm

TweetGovernment is passing down an unprecedented austerity drive to local government. In the perfect storm of cuts, rising unemployment and ageing population, the budget failed to throw much of a lifeline to local government. But as the Treasury resigns councils … Continue reading

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