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HemiHelp monthly news roundup - 14 July 2011


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Employment review for young disabled people launched June 2011

The Department for Work and Pensions has published an independent report focused on helping young disabled people into work. ‘Getting in, staying in and getting on, disability employment support fit for the future’ includes a range of recommendations for changes in government policy and stresses the need for specialist disability employment expertise.


Government reverses decision to scrap legal aid for SEN appeals 28 June 2011

Earlier this month saw an assurance from Kenneth Clarke, the secretary of state for justice, that the government would not remove legal aid for Special Educational Needs (SEN) cases. This followed an intensive campaign from the Special Educational Consortium, which argued that education is one of the most important issues affecting disabled children and their families.

The government had previously intended to remove all legal aid for SEN appeals, arguing that there were sufficient alternative sources of support for such cases.

Youth services suffering “disproportionate” cuts, say MPs 23 June 2011

The government has failed to outline a strategy for youth services, says a new report by the Education Select Committee.

The report warns that youth services are suffering “disproportionate” cuts and calls on the government to guide local authorities on where best to spend limited resources.


Disability hate crime targeted by new campaign 20 June 2011

Learning disability charity Mencap has launched a three-year campaign tackling disability hate crime. ‘Stand by me’ will challenge the police, the criminal justice system and the courts to end hate crime against disabled people.

Launching the campaign, the charity called for police forces around the UK to clarify how they will deal with disability hate crime.

EDCM campaign highlights that families with disabled children may find difficulties in affording to work 4 July 2011

A report presents findings of a survey of families with disabled children who receive funding from family fund to help with entering into and staying in employment.

The report: ‘Breaking down barriers: making work pay for families with disabled children’ asks the government to commit to improving the quality and availability of childcare for disabled children and to providing at least current levels of financial support through disability additions within the Universal Credit.

Government faces potential legal action over disability cuts 4 July 2011

Disability Alliance, a national registered charity which works to improve the living standards of disabled people, has submitted a letter to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over proposals to cut Disability Living Allowance (DLA) support for disabled people. The letter is asking the department of work and pensions to demonstrate that the proposals have been properly analysed for the impact they could cause. The letter begins a formal process which may subject DWP to legal proceedings.


Changes to NHS structure risk confusion, warns health charity 14 June 2011

The government risks creating confusion and additional bureaucracy with planned changes to the NHS, health think tank the King’s Fund has warned.

The charity’s chief executive Chris Ham welcomed the Department of Health’s emphasis on delivering integrated care but asked for clarification on how different health professionals would work together.

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