Do young carers need support?
It emerged last week in a report by The Children’s Society that there are almost 250,000 young carers in the UK. But do we need to shift the focus to the parents?
Work capability assessments place those with mental health conditions at substantial disadvantage, judge concludes
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 22 May 2013 14.13 BST
The judge ruled that the Department for Work and Pensions had breached its duties to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ under the Equality Act to ensure that people with mental health problems were treated fairly. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters
The fitness-for-work test used to determine whether hundreds of thousands of people are eligible to claim sickness benefits substantially disadvantages people with mental health conditions, a court has ruled, in a landmark ruling hailed as a significant victory by mental health charities.
A three-judge tribunal panel ruled that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had breached its duties to make reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act to ensure that people with mental health problems are treated fairly by the system. (more…)
The event was an opportunity for local people with disabilities to experience competitive sport.
The first Disability Sport Regional Games has taken place in south Liverpool, bringing together 250 competitors in seven sports.
The games were held between May 10 and 12 at Greenbank Sports Academy.
Games organiser Steve Hoskins said: “Greenbank’s first north west regional games was a big success – everyone who took part really enjoyed it and next year we’ll be back but bigger and better.”
The aim of the event was to give as many disabled people as possible the chance to experience competition at a regional level. It was also a chance to showcase the new disability sport for electric wheelchair users: Power Hockey. (more…)
By Jenny Hope
Almost two million carers may be missing out on vital support because they are ‘under the radar’ of official figures, it is feared.
As many as 1.75million of the 6.5million Britons who have responsibilities for looking after loved ones do not consider themselves as carers, says a report.
They are therefore failing to apply for a range of help available to them from local authorities and the health service, as well as charities.
The demands of the role can affect their health and well-being as well as their finances, with nearly half worse off by £5,000 a year.
The report from the Scottish Widows think-tank the Centre for the Modern Family reveals almost one in three adults – 15million Britons – supports friends or family without financial reward in some way.
Most willingly do so and see the role as part of their family duty. (more…)