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Challenging local cuts - some key legal questions

Following the political choices set out in the recent Spending Review, it would seem inevitable that local authorities are going to need to make cuts to important services next year, including those provided to children and disabled people. Recent Kings Fund analysis shows that the 2% precept on council tax is a totally inadequate solution to the…
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Hard to see how local authorities can fulfil all their legal responsibilities with ever decreasing Budgets.

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Government agrees four more years of ILF transition cash for councils

Government agrees four more years of ILF transition cash for councils | SPECTRUM's Disabled People's News | Scoop.it
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This is welcome news, although with the money not ring fenced, we need to ensure local authorities do the right thing.

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X Factor can do better when it comes to mental health stigma

X Factor can do better when it comes to mental health stigma | SPECTRUM's Disabled People's News | Scoop.it
Pete Etchells: Lola Saunders’ rendition of Crazy on the show last week, which featured dancers in straitjackets, highlights how everyone needs to try harder if we want to end mental health stigma
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30 years of Independent Living

30 years of Independent Living | SPECTRUM's Disabled People's News | Scoop.it
On Thursday, Spectrum CIL (previously Southampton Centre for Independent Living) will celebrate its 30th anniversary, and I am delighted to be one of the guest speakers. This has given me an opportunity to ponder the achievements within independent l...
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Tackling Hate Crime Together

Tackling Hate Crime Together | SPECTRUM's Disabled People's News | Scoop.it
The latest figures released from the Home Office in October 2014 show that there were just under 2000 Disability hate crimes in England and Wales in 2013/14, an increase of 8%. It is not clear what...
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Choice and control are still key for people with disabilities

Choice and control are still key for people with disabilities | SPECTRUM's Disabled People's News | Scoop.it
The challenge now is to find new and creative ways to deliver care and support
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Government ‘washing its hands’ of legal aid problem for vulnerable parents

Government ‘washing its hands’ of legal aid problem for vulnerable parents | SPECTRUM's Disabled People's News | Scoop.it
Senior judge Sir James Munby hands down judgment challenging lack of funding for legal representation
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Deinstitutionalization, Community Commentary - Steven M. Eidelman | CACL - Canadian Association for Community Living

Deinstitutionalization, Community Commentary - Steven M. Eidelman | CACL - Canadian Association for Community Living | SPECTRUM's Disabled People's News | Scoop.it
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Interesting article about moving people with learning difficulties from big institutions to smaller group homes.
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Robin Williams: A Discussion of Disability and the Duty of The Media

Robin Williams: A Discussion of Disability and the Duty of The Media | SPECTRUM's Disabled People's News | Scoop.it
No one will ever know why Robin Williams took his own life. That is not for us to know. However, for us to even entertain the suggestion that disability was the primary contributing factor is shameful, telling and chilling all at once....
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Care workers take home to tribunal over pay and working hours

Care workers take home to tribunal over pay and working hours | SPECTRUM's Disabled People's News | Scoop.it
Zero-hours staff say they were paid by minutes spent with clients at below the minimum wage
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Disabled living fund changes challenged at high court - Channel 4 News

Disabled living fund changes challenged at high court - Channel 4 News | SPECTRUM's Disabled People's News | Scoop.it
Five disabled people are challenging a plan to change the way their care is funded by the government, arguing it undermines the state's duty to promote independent living for the disabled.
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Can Robots be Caregivers? Let's have a heated debate...

Can Robots be Caregivers? Let's have a heated debate... | SPECTRUM's Disabled People's News | Scoop.it
This week, Ian Loynes, SPECTRUM's Chief Executive, spoke at a debate held at Winchester Science Centre. Below, you can read his presentation which focused on some of the ethical issues that arise from this subject. We would love to hear your views either by commenting on the blog itself or by tweeting us at @SPECTRUMCIL …
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Online dating with a disability: 'People don't think I'm able to have sex'

Online dating with a disability: 'People don't think I'm able to have sex' | SPECTRUM's Disabled People's News | Scoop.it
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Good to see mainstream media including the Telegraph talking about Disabled People having Independent lives not just as benefits  cheats.

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SPECTRUM at 30 | SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living CIC

SPECTRUM at 30 | SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living CIC | SPECTRUM's Disabled People's News | Scoop.it
On Thursday 6th November 2014, SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living celebrated its 30th anniversary. Formerly called Southampton Centre for Independent
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The SPECTRUM Effect

The SPECTRUM Effect | SPECTRUM's Disabled People's News | Scoop.it
This post is written by Ian Loynes, the CEO of SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living. This week is a momentous week for SPECTRUM 30 years ago this Thursday, Simon Brisenden called the first public...
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Care Act 2014: Government tightens national minimum threshold plans - Community Care

Care Act 2014: Government tightens national minimum threshold plans - Community Care | SPECTRUM's Disabled People's News | Scoop.it
After months of consultation on draft versions, the Department of Health has published its final guidance and regulations on the Act
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Halloween is over, but some speeches at Ncas were definitely scary

Halloween is over, but some speeches at Ncas were definitely scary | SPECTRUM's Disabled People's News | Scoop.it
Speeches by Eric Pickles, Jeremy Hunt and Andy Burnham at the National Children and Adult Services conference were troubling on paternalism and personalisation
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Access to Work crisis: Changes have brought 'stress and uncertainty' - disability news service

Access to Work crisis: Changes have brought 'stress and uncertainty' - disability news service | SPECTRUM's Disabled People's News | Scoop.it
Secret government cuts to its Access to Work (AtW) programme have put at risk a disabled manager’s job with a leading user-led organisation. Berni Vincent has been working for Spectrum Centre for Independent Living – formerly Southampton Centre for Independent Living – for 14 years, and has been claiming Access to Work support for 20 …
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Samaritans Radar: misunderstanding privacy and 'publicness'

Samaritans Radar: misunderstanding privacy and 'publicness' | SPECTRUM's Disabled People's News | Scoop.it
The furore over the launch of the Samaritans Radar app has many dimensions: whether it's ethical, whether it will help, whether it will chill - putting vulnerable people off using Twitter, whether ...
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More than 4,000 people share their experiences of personal budgets - In Control

More than 4,000 people share their experiences of personal budgets - In Control | SPECTRUM's Disabled People's News | Scoop.it
In Control is a national charity. Our mission is to create a fairer society where everyone needing additional support has the right, responsibility and freedom to control that support.
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Disability - No Longer at the Fringe of the Fringe

Disability - No Longer at the Fringe of the Fringe | SPECTRUM's Disabled People's News | Scoop.it
I'm writing this as I return from my annual trip to Edinburgh's Fringe Festival. I tend to head up for a couple of days each year to catch shows, catch up with colleagues (and this year catch a cold too). Every year, I look to see where disabled arti...
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Do people need a consumer champion for health and social care? - The Guardian

Do people need a consumer champion for health and social care? - The Guardian | SPECTRUM's Disabled People's News | Scoop.it
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Do people need a consumer champion for health and social care?
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Guidance for wheelchair users using trains

Guidance for wheelchair users using trains | SPECTRUM's Disabled People's News | Scoop.it
The rail industry has issued new guidance for wheelchair users when using train services, Network Rail
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