Policy

Is supported housing at risk?

Matthew Eddisford reports on looming threats to the future of supported housing. Late last year the Government launched its consultation on the future funding of supported housing. Prior to the launch, housing associations were crying out for clarity on these funding arrangements to enable them to plan for the future with some certainty and address unmet demand for supported housing.…

BASE (British Association of Supported Employment)’s 11th conference November 2016

Work, health and disability: improving lives The Department of Work & Pensions’ Green Paper was the main topic of the discussion at BASE (British Association of Supported Employment)’s 11th conference attended by Rosemary Trustam. The conference reflected BASE’s unwavering passionate and committed championing of supported employment.…

Farewell to The National Forum and National Valuing Families Forums – the last vestiges of Valuing People

Comment by Jan Walmsley In October, the Department of Health announced that funding for the National Forum of People with Learning Disabilities, and the National Valuing Families Forum is likely to be withdrawn. There was no explanation for this decision to pull the plug on the national voice for England’s people with learning disabilities, and families, in government.…

A travesty of community care

From the July 1988 edition of Community Living   Edna Wallace describes the plight of a family that has fallen victim to the tug of war between health and local authorities.   Imagine, if you can, a young couple without any family history of mental or physical disorder, having three children with profound physical and mental handicaps.…

What’s happening to our services?

  NDTi called this conference, What’s going on? Rosemary Trustam heard expressions of anxiety about the trend towards bigger providers but also some inspiring stories.   This conference reminded us that, against a backcloth of cuts versus human rights, we have to fight to stop the continued use of Assessment and Treatment Units and help people have local community supports.…

Keys that unlock the doors to citizenship

 Ten years after the launch of Keys to Citizenship by the Campaign for Welfare Reform many people with learning disabilities are still living lives far removed from the principles set out in this ground-breaking guide. Sam Sly reports on a new project group formed to get people thinking about how we can revitalise the Keys to bring about real change for people.…

‘The world to come’ – the work of Ntiense Eno Amooquaye

Simon Jarrett attended the launch of a new book by a striking new poet and artist whose work challenges and pulsates with energy It is hard to pin down the work of Ntiense Eno Amooquaye. She is an artist, an illustrator, a poet, a performer and a commentator.…

A vision of the future that’s within our grasp

A vision of the future that’s within our grasp Over 27 years ago, David Brandon, the first editor of Community Living, outlined his vision of services and the end of segregation of people in hospitals, ‘special schools’, hostels and adult training centres.…

It’s time to end out-of-area placements in closed institutions

Over 20 years after the Mansell report deploring the damage being done by out-of-area placements was published we are still hearing about scandalous cases of abuse in institutions. Rosemary Trustam attended two events aiming to bring about a united movement to bring about lasting change.…

It’s time for a radical strategy to end the detention of over 3,000 people in institutions

Campaign for a Fair Society calls for a radical strategy to end, once and for all, the scandalous detention and placement of over 3,000 people with learning disabilities and/or autism in institutions for long term care away from their homes.   In the wake of Winterbourne View, voluntary and gradual reform of the assessment and treatment system has been an abject failure and there are more people in this fundamentally abusive system now than a year ago.…

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