A Brent family are set to lose support for their disabled child after receiving a letter from the Department of Work and Pensions stating that their daughter no longer meets the criteria for Disability Living Allowance.
A letter from their Specialist NHS Consultant confirms that the child has a neuromuscular problem which leaves her unable to open her hands from a closed position. Her condition has not improved and will not get better in the future. To be told that she is no longer disabled enough for support is an absolute insult to the family who strive day in day out to support their daughter on top of their full time jobs.
The family, of Gujarat origin, have come to me for support and given me full permission to highlight their case and show how cold the Government’s policies are and how people who should be getting support are being crushed. They personally wanted it highlighted how this Government was treating disabled people and in particular with this circumstance, cutting support for their disabled child.
I am supporting them through tribunal now with Citizens Advice but if unsuccessful, their entitlement will be completely stopped at the end of this year. The way that we treat disabled people as a society needs to change completely. The policies of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats between 2010 and now has caused and is causing real hardship to families that deserve better treatment.
TfL are currently running a campaign called ‘Come on Board’ which targets older and disabled groups, providing them with information and support to aid travel across London’s public transport network.
If there are any local groups who they feel may benefit from a visit by TfL as part of this campaign email email@example.com with details of the group which will be passed to TfL.
Hate crime is the initial focus of a new series of public meetings which aim to tackle difficult issues in our community.
Taking place on 21 July, the hate crime event is part of the Council’s wider ‘It’s Time to Talk’ campaign which aims to empower residents and community leaders to talk about difficult issues and work together with the authorities to tackle them. Important challenges such as hate crime, child sexual exploitation, extremism, gang culture, domestic abuse and harmful practices are all expected to be discussed at separate events throughout the year.
The event on 21 July has a number of high-profile speakers attending, including Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy – Centre for Hate Studies, Stephen Brooks MBE – Coordinator of the Disabled Hate Crime Network and special guest keynote speaker – creative pioneer Samuell Benta. Topics such as what exactly a hate crime is, how big the problem is in Brent and the role of social media in the context of hate crime, will be discussed.
In Brent, we are working with the Community to make our area a Dementia Friendly Borough. We were recently featured on London Live where I gave an interview on the issue. Dementia is not just about providing core services but for me it is about a whole community approach on the issue to make sure that everyone is aware of the issue and is mindful of Dementia when they are going about their everyday lives; be it going shopping in a supermarket or queuing to be served at a bank cashier.
This video here explains more has a real life experience from Dianne Campbell who was diagnosed with Dementia at the age of 44.
Community Action on Dementia (CAD-Brent), a local charity, is working in partnership with Brent Council, Brent CCG and a number of other organisations to improve the support for people living with memory loss.
On Thursday 10th December, there will be a health check day for Brent people with a learning disability aged 14+, their carers, health and social care workers.
The event will be from 10 am to 3 pm at the Bridge Park Community Leisure Centre, Brentfield, Harrow Road, Stonebridge NW10 0RG
You can find out more about:
Screening for cancer
Health focus group
How to look after your health
Have your say.
Do some fun exercise
You can come all day or for 1 or 2 hours but you must book before.
Contact Claudia at Brent Mencap to book a place email Claudia at: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Claudia on 020 8451 5278
In the Government’s latest Disability and Health Employment Strategy, Brent’s transitions service has been quoted as an exemplar case study example.
I have also previously expressed my pride in the service which falls under my responsibility as Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care for here – LINK
We recently hosted a Hidden Heroes event at the new Brent Civic Centre which was well attended and received by all. It championed disabled people in the Borough. A video clip of the event is below.
With Labour in charge of Brent Council, we have made some landmark changes to improve services for disabled children becoming adults.
Under the Lib Dem Tory system, families told us that it was a shock to them when disabled children became adults as they had not been given any idea of what to expect.
Now because of changes we have made, our Transitions service which works with people transitioning from the childrens to the adult service works with people so they young disabled people can realise and reach their own ambitions. The video clip below has real life examples of people that are currently being helped by Brent Council and I had the pleasure of meeting them personally at the newly opened John Billam Resource Centre recently.
This letters to the Prime Minister page on the Carers UK website says it all really – LINK
Our Safeguarding service at Brent Council is one of the hidden gems in our service portfolio. Not quite as obvious as the bin in front of your house or the streetlights on your road, but Safeguarding in Brent is widely respected as one of the best in the country.
Abuse is not just physical, but also emotional and financial. It is everyone’s responsibility to do what they can to stop it.
The number of reported cases of abuse of adults in Brent has risen from 435 in 2011-12 to 664 at the start of 2013, we fear the real figure may be far higher. Even with the increase in reporting of incidents, inevitably, abuse of adults in all categories is still largely unnoticed and under-reported.
That is why we are promoting our Safeguarding service through a Borough-wide poster campaign. You may have seen images like the one below advertised near you.
Our service campaign has also picked up attention nationally and has been covered in the Guardian here – LINK