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A Tax on Disability - Our Response to Redbridge Councils Charging Policy

Many disability campaigners call charging for care and support in Adult Care Services a tax on disability. Disabled people and carers in Redbridge have already been significantly disadvantaged by welfare reforms and cuts to social care. Redbridge’s proposed charging policy will leave more Disabled people with an income and savings which is insufficient to cover the additional costs of impairment and ill-health. 

One Place East is also concerned that higher charges will deter people from accessing social care services and this will result in greater costs to the public purse in the long term including more admissions to residential homes, nursing homes and hospitals. 

We also believe that Redbridge Council still has flexibility in the choices it makes when targeting cuts. For example, according to Redbridge Council’s Unaudited Draft Statement of Accounts 2016/17, there is £166m of Usable Reserves. We are recommending that 5% is released to ameliorate cuts in core services impacting on Disabled, frail, older people and carers. 

You can read our response and recommendations

Reshaping Day Opportunity Services Consultation 

“I would want to make the case for day services. Good quality day services are an essential part of preventative services....they are absolutely core of any effective prevention programme. So, we need to be investing in these services and not talking about how best to take one million or more pounds out of them.” 

You can read our consultation response here and Healthwatch Redbridge's here

Performance Arts

Do you have lived experience of mental health? 

  • Would you like to help shape mental health services?
  • Would you like to have fun with like-minded people?

Performance Art Life Skills are running a project to highlight opinions of Redbridge Residents about local Mental Health Services.

Every Tuesday 1 pm to 4 pm between the 30th January and 6th March 2018 you can come along to Aldborough Room, Fullwell Cross Library and take part in sharing your views.

If you would like to take part please contact Tina: 

Thrive Together Thrive LDN
Thursday, 15 February 2018 from 18:00 to 20:30 

With 75% of Londoners identifying as belonging to a religion (irrespective of practice or belief), Thrive LDN is hosting an evening event to discuss faith and mental health.

Thrive LDN is a citywide movement that aims to improve the mental health and well-being of all Londoners. Thrive Together is an interfaith event that will offer open and engaging conversations about the relationship between mental health and faith, with a particular focus on young people.  

What you will get from this event:

  • Panel discussion from faith group leaders and mental health experts

  • Guest speakers from national mental health charities such as Time to Change

  • Group discussions that will allow you to express your views on key topics including:

    • addressing stigma
    • family relationships
    • role of the community.

You can find out more and book a place here 

Stress, Anxiety? Money worries? Difficulty sleeping? Feeling low? We're here to help.....

We're here to help… It can be difficult having to cope alone, and it is often impossible to see a clear way through. Whether your issues are caused by problems you face every day, or by events that have happened in your past - Talking Therapies can help.

We’re a free and confidential NHS service that will work with you to help you feel better. We offer expert support from people who know what you’re experiencing, and our highly professional team will introduce you to effective, practical techniques that are proven to work. 

Find out more here

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