Day 4: Twelve Days of Christmas #LBBill

Day 4 of the #LBBill Twelve Days of Christmas and today we focus on Clause 3. We have an audio introduction to the clause with easy-read images here:

Clause 3 is about making sure that disabled people can access the care and support they need to live in their own homes, on their own, or with friends or family as they choose. The clause would impose a ‘sufficiency duty’ on Local Authorities and NHS bodies to make sure that there is the right amount of community support services so no-one is forced into residential care to have their needs met.

The purpose of the duty is to prevent isolation and segregation from the community. This is why we will need to define ‘residential’ care very carefully in the second draft of the Bill, because a disabled person may be more isolated and segregated in a ‘supported living’ setting than in a small community based residential home. What we think matters is not the label given to the place a person lives but what their life is actually like there. Do you agree?

Let us know what you think, on the feedback pages of the blog, on facebook, twitter, or by email. Thank you.

One thought on “Day 4: Twelve Days of Christmas #LBBill

  1. I completely agree that it is very possible that someone would be more isolated in a supported living set up than in residential care. However, councils are actually preferring supported living set ups now because, in many cases, the ‘hotel costs’ of supported living are met by the disabled individual’s benefits rather than the council’s own budget. The disabled person can apply for housing benefit, DLA/PIP and ESA. The council then only has to meet care costs. Depending on a person’s individual circumstances, they may not have enough money to live on and may be forced into a residential home where they at least have food, warmth and company.
    The solution might be for councils to be forced to take into account ALL costs to the public purse, whether they are from their own budget or a national one, when making these decisions. There should also be the provision that care in someone’s own home is appropriate, adequate and safe and provides opportunities for community access if desired.


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