Government cuts support to Carers

One of the lesser emphasized changes with disability benefits is the issue of passporting and the way that benefits interact with each other.

I was gutted after seeing this document – LINK

CA PIP document

By the Government’s own estimations, they will cut financial support to thousands of carers across the country in the transition from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Ex-caregiver and striking wharfie joins striki...
Ex-caregiver and striking wharfie joins striking caregivers (Photo credit: Simon Oosterman)

In Brent, we have increased support to carers and work is underway to introduce a Carers Hub which will act as a single point of access for Carer support. The contract has been awarded to the Brent Carers Centre – LINK

In addition, at Monday night’s Executive, our Labour run Council decided to go against guidance issued by the Department of Health which permitted Councils to take Carer’s income into account when charging for care services.

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Major Brent Adult Social Care Survey under way!

Brent Council is embarking on a major engagement exercise with people who use our care services.

We will be contacting a random selection of 1,500 Adult Social Care users and asking them to complete a short survey about the type of care they receive from us.

The postal questionnaire will ask a range of questions about all aspects of our Adult Social Care service and is completely anonymous. All responses will be treated in the strictest confidence and will be shared with the Department of Health.

Findings from the survey will be used as a basis to drive further improvements to the Council’s Social Care services so it’s really important that if you receive one of these, that you respond.

It’s been a while since we conducted a major survey like this among our customers and on this scale to really gauge what they think about our service and how we can improve it. We are very keen to get as many responses as possible to ensure we’re on the right track to meeting the needs of elderly and vulnerable residents.

The deadline for people to return their survey forms in the pre-paid envelope by 15 April 2013.

Smoking Health Harm Campaign Launched

“Every 15 cigarettes smoked causes a mutation that can lead to cancer.”

It’s that time of year when many will be thinking of new year resolutions. Many will have already looked at cutting down or stopping smoking but there will be some who will leave it a few days before they take the plunge and decide on a resolution.

The Department of Health has launched a smoking harm campaign focusing on the immediate damage to the human body from smoking a cigarette.