Category Archives: Local government

Cutting employment support for learning disabled people is a false economy

TweetRichard Ward has barely taken a day off sick since he started working 15 years ago. His friendly nature and keen eye for detail suit his role at a Boots store in Coventry, date-checking food, stacking shelves and helping customers … Continue reading

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The hidden victims of domestic violence

TweetBarbara Davis’s abusive boyfriend burned her fingers on the stove when he discovered her packed suitcase under the bed and realised she was trying to leave. He had controlled Davis, 36, who has a mild learning disability, for years. He … Continue reading

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Campaigning new disability rights network for London

TweetA new organisation bringing together disabled people’s organisations in west London has just been launched. The launch of Hammersmith and Fulham Disabled People’s Organisations Network was made on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities last week and coincided with … Continue reading

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Tianze: dreaming of home

Tweet. The handwritten song above (typed transcript below) is by Tianze Ni, 17. For the last six months Tianze has lived in a hospital unit in Middlesborough, 200 miles away from his family in Fife, Scotland. Tianze is desperate to … Continue reading

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City designers bringing urban spaces back to life

TweetSwansea and Croydon – not places usually synonymous with cutting edge design and urban rejuvenation, but both have just been named as among the most forward-thinking places for landscape design. Among the big projects worth picturing here is the first … Continue reading

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Tech two: UK charity recycles computers to Africa

TweetStories of public sector waste and inefficiency are commonplace, not least amid the current climate of cuts and the notion of “doing more with less”. Which is why I was interested to hear of a project in Gloucestershire that collects … Continue reading

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Investigation into bullying at special school sparks questions for Winterbourne improvement scheme

TweetFresh questions are being asked about the government’s beleaguered post-Winterbourne drive to improve care for learning disabled people. An investigation is underway into “bullying accusations” at a special school run by a charity whose chief executive is trying to reinvigorate … 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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Comment is free

TweetHello all, briefly highlighting my words posted in the comments thread under my Guardian interview last week with the Muslim mayor of Tower Hamlets council, Lutfur Rahman. I’m re-posting my comment here for clarity given there were around 140 responses … Continue reading

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Prevention, partnership, proofing against the future

TweetWith less than six months to go before councils adopt responsibility for public health from the NHS in April 2013, much depends on successful collaboration between cross-sector agencies. As the date approaches, the latest Guardian public health seminar gathered together … Continue reading

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