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Welcome to the latest Independent Living news roundup.
12.06.19 Contents:
National Independent Living Support Service
It’s Carers’ Week
Stelios Awards
Council Tax exemptions
Baywatch survey
Latest – MASIS documentary project
1. National Independent Living Support Service

DPAC – Disabled People Against Cuts – has been working on a new National Independent Living Support Service, with other deaf- and disabled-led organisations as part of the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance.

Their vision is a support service which enables people to live as they choose, irrespective of whereabouts in the country they may be, with an end to all charging for social care.

Find out more here

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2. It’s Carers’ Week

An estimated 6.5 million people in Britain are providing care for a partner, friend or older family member who can no longer manage alone.

Often, they are juggling this with looking after children and paid employment.

The demands of caring can take up so much time and energy, they leave you feeling isolated, so the theme of this year’s awareness campaign is “getting connected“.

Read more here

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3. Stelios Awards

This year’s Stelios Awards for disabled entrepreneurs are now open for entries.

Run jointly by the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation and the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, the awards recognise the achievements of disabled entrepreneurs and businesses run by disabled people.

This year’s prize fund is bigger than ever, and there is a new Judges’ Prize.

More details here

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4. Council Tax exemptions

It was not so very long ago that I discovered there is an exemption from council tax for people with dementia. I figured that if I don’t know, probably a lot of you don’t know, either!

In fact, there are a number of exemptions, apart from the familiar single occupant rule, so I have rounded them up.

Read more here

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5. Baywatch survey

Disabled Motoring UK has launched their annual survey of supermarket parking facilities.

Unlike Blue Badge bays on the road, those which are provided off-road are not enforced by law.

The survey looks at the level of Blue Badge parking abuse and what the various supermarkets are doing to enforce the rules.

More details here

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6. Latest – MASIS documentary project

Our friends at MASIS, the charity which promotes inclusivity for people with a disability or long-term illness, are involved in a new project with a US-based TV production company, to film a documentary in the UK which will focus on inclusion and equality of disabled people in society.

They would like to hear from any companies involved in the healthcare or disability sectors who would be interested in appearing in the documentary, and helping to cover the costs of production. To find out more, you should contact Peter Lyne of MASIS by email or phone 07774 405734.

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Until next time, best wishes,


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