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Welfare Reform on the Web - January 2001: Services for the disabled - UK

FAMILY FORTUNES

A. Thompson

Community Care, no. 1341, 2000, p. 25

Explores the implications article 12 (right to marry) and article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) of the European Convention on Human Rights for services to the disabled and adoption services.

HIGHLY CHARGED: HOW CHARGING FOR HOME CARE AFFECTS BLIND AND PARTIALLY SIGHTED PEOPLE.

Royal National Institute for the Blind

2000 (Campaign report; 14)

Report looks at the way in which charging for home care services affects visually impaired people. Charges vary according to where people live, the levels of service they receive, the social security benefits they receive and the savings they have managed to accrue. The situation amounts to a "postcode lottery" where the lack of strong national guidance and a lack of co-ordination has led to inequalities nationwide.

LAST FROM VIEW

G. Mountain

Community Care no. 1342, 2000, p. 26

The government's aims of reducing hospital stays and increasing independent living for disabled people are set to lengthen waiting lists for occupational therapy services yet further.

TEST AIMS TO HELP DISABLED CLAIMANTS TO FIND WORK

N. Timmins

Financial Times, Oct. 11th 2000, p.4

Announces the piloting of a new test to assess the jobs that disabled people are able to do in 12 areas covering 250,000 Incapacity Benefit claimants. More pilots are planned for 2001 on job rehabilitation and retention programmes aimed at preventing workers who become ill from having to move onto benefits.

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