Independent Living- Welcome to this week’s Independent Living newsletter


Welcome to this week’s Independent Living newsletter.

01.09.21 Contents:

• Compulsory vaccination

• Health & Disability – briefing paper

 The Big Event reviewed

 Damaging TV workplace culture

• Right to challenge care decisions

• Subscriber shorts

Dimensions'  Steve Scown on the perils of compulsory vaccination

1. Compulsory vaccination

We have a thoughtful and considered guest article from Steve Scown, Chief Executive of Dimensions UK, about the precarious state of the social care sector and likely unintended consequences of pursuing the policy of compulsory vaccination of care staff by November 11th.

Described as “a policy sledgehammer” the legislation threatens to compound the challenges the sector already faces.

Read the article here

Mo Stewart briefing on Health and disability green paper

2. Health & Disability – briefing paper

Highly-regarded disability and social care researcher, Mo Stewart, has produced a briefing paper on the government’s Health And Disability Green Paper, Shaping Future Support.

She looks at the disconnect between rhetoric and actions, and the repeated failure to take any steps to improve the precarious situation experienced by chronically ill and disabled welfare claimants who are exposed to a fatally flawed benefits system.

The briefing is published in full here

the big event reviewed

3. The Big Event Reviewed

The first ever online version of The Big Event saw 3,200 disabled people, carers and their friends and families tune in to learn about worry-free motoring with the Motability Scheme.

The online event took place on 6 – 7 August, but for anyone who missed the live days, the content is still available online until 30 September 2021.

Expert Speaker Sessions proved particularly popular, and you can catch up with these on demand, as well.

Find out more here

challenges of working in TV with a disability

4. Damaging TV workplace culture

A deeply damaging and inflexible workplace culture is preventing disabled workers in the British television industry from progressing in their careers, according to new research.

The Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity (LHC) at Birmingham City University has produced a report showing that employer ignorance of their legal obligations together with colleagues’ attitudes prevent people achieving the senior roles they otherwise could.

You can read more here

EHRC investigating right to challenge test decisions

5. Right to challenge care decisions

As we know, social care packages are being cut to the bone, and people are expected to contribute more and more to the cost of meeting essential care needs.

So this is a reminder that the EHRC is currently looking into the right to challenge social care decisions. They want to know whether decisions can be meaningfully challenged if they fall short, and if the existing ways to do so are accessible and effective.

You can contribute your experience by completing their survey before 15 September.

Read more here

latest news from Independent Living subscribers

6. Latest – subscriber shorts

The latest snippets of news from some of the reputable suppliers whose financial support enables Independent Living to continue operating.

Complete Care Shop has become the first UK online mobility and disability aids provider to reach 100,000 Trustpilot reviews, with an overall “Excellent” rating.

Gainsborough Specialist Bathrooms will have live displays of the power-assisted Gentona and Sentes assistive baths at the Care Show, coming up next month at the NEC.

Abacus Specialist Bathroom Solutions is continuing to provide demonstrations in their vehicles, which offer a safe, naturally ventilated environment. In charge of one of them is Duncan Latimer, Regional Assessment Manager, who has just obtained the NEBOSH national general certificate in occupational health and safety.

Don’t forget that you can apply to join the Independent Living Facebook group, if you would like to spend more time discussing these themes with other interested people.

There are various ways you can get in touch with us: email me; visit our Facebook page and leave a message there; or if it’s short and sweet, Tweet!

Previous newsletters are archived here.

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That’s it until next week!

Thank you for reading and best wishes,


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