Thursday 6th Sept 2018 - The Lives we want to lead - LGA consultation & Disability Rights Posters
What took place in the group:
1pm to 1.45pm - Welcome, refreshments and have a chat about issues with Social Care in Merton?
15 minute break
2pm to 2.45pm - “The Lives we want to lead” LGA consultation - Supported by Lyla (CEO of Merton CIL)
15 minute break
3pm to 4pm - Creating posters on disability rights, cuts to benefits, discrimination, social care issues and more
The Local Government Association (LGA) recently launched a nationwide consultation on how to pay for adult social care. The consultation, which has just closed, was seeking the views of people and organisations from across society on how best to pay for care and support for adults of all ages and their unpaid carers, and aimed to make the public a central part of the debate. The LGA intends to inform and influence the Government’s upcoming green paper and spending plans. It also intends to start a much-needed debate about how to shift the overall emphasis of our care and health system so that it focuses far more on preventative, community-based personalised care, which helps maximise people’s health, wellbeing and independence.
Our members at the Craftivism and Chat group responded to the LGA consultation and we sent a consultation response on behalf of Merton CIL. Our members told us that Local Government has a big role to play in improving health and wellbeing in local areas. However, our members were clear that this is a role which has to be shared with local Deaf and Disabled People and local communities. We also said that if the Government wants to fund social care sustainably for the long term, then they need to reframe the debate to one about investment in Disabled people’s potential and life chances, and provide proper mechanisms to challenge discrimination and disadvantage.
You can find out more about the LGA consultation here: https://www.local.gov.uk/about/news/lga-launches-own-green-paper-adult-social-care-reaches-breaking-point
You can read our full submission here (pdf document): Merton CIL Response to LGA