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Welcome to the latest Independent Living news roundup.
11.09.19 Contents:
Dealing with diabetes
A disability-friendly workplace
What can the ombudsman do?
Pragmatic Practitioners
Fixing social care – really?
Latest – Digital access law
1. Dealing with diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is cutting a swathe through our increasingly obese population and costing the NHS some £6 billion a year to treat.

Our resident nutrition expert Mary Farmer reviews not one but two interesting books which show in very different ways just what we can do as individuals to prevent or reverse the condition.

Read more here

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2. A disability-friendly workplace

I have been focusing on accessibility quite a bit recently – largely from the perspective of customers and citizens with a disability who find themselves unable to access services and functions other people take for granted.

It’s important for businesses to make sure they are accessible for the benefit of disabled employees, as well – either current or prospective.

We have top tips on creating a disability friendly workplace from The Ramp People.

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3. What can the ombudsman do?

Every month, I get a list of complaints that have been made to the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman. It’s a long list, and many of them are not upheld.

But a good number are, and in these cases, the ombudsman tells the council or care provider what they should do to remedy the situation.

You may imagine that councils are obliged to follow such directives, but in fact this is not the case. Recently, the ombudsman criticised Staffordshire County Council for failing to comply.

Read more here

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4. Pragmatic Practitioners

Pragmatic Practitioners is a voluntary grouping of individuals who are all professionally qualified to offer assistance to people at difficult times in their lives.

They believe that those affected by disability, mental health difficulties or age should be able to exercise their rights in the same way as anyone else, and are holding a workshop in Bristol next month, organised by Heledd Wyn who is pictured here, to explore ways of protecting the interests of vulnerable people.

Read more here

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5. Fixing social care – really?

Last week’s spending review came up with some promises on social care funding which have been welcomed by most.

At the same time, there is a consensus that they go nowhere near far enough. The Prime Minister pledged to “fix the crisis in social care once and for all” – but what is this promise worth?

Read more here

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6. Latest – Digital access law

Increasingly, communication with public sector bodies takes place online, but their websites are not always as accessible as they should be.

Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 is the snappy title for legislation which most public sector sites need to comply with by 23rd September.

Read more here

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Until next time, best wishes,


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