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Suspension of the Care Act – act immediately - Carers UK Forum

Suspension of the Care Act – act immediately

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DR UK has serious concerns about the implications of the Coronavirus Bill on human rights, especially the rights of vulnerable groups, including disabled people.

The second reading of the Bill is on Monday 23 March – tomorrow. We are calling on disabled people to act now, today, on this.

Our key concern is that the Bill suspends the Care Act. The Bill will effectively free local authorities of their duties to provide social care support under the Care Act 2014 and will only oblige local authorities to provide support in cases where the human rights of disabled people will be breached.

https://www.39essex.com/the-coronavirus ... hedule-11/
We must act now, as this is being bought into law tomorrow afternoon!

This is very worrying, and if it's true, a new bill being rushed through will allow local authorities to seemingly wash their hands of providing care for those who need it. I think we all need to act and contact our MP's at once.

"The Bill will effectively free local authorities of their duties to provide social care support under the Care Act 2014 and will only oblige local authorities to provide support in cases where the human rights of Disabled people will be breached.

We know from experience that in order for human rights to be breached in social care context the situation has to be very critical or severe. "


For more information and details on how to act here's the link. https://www.inclusionlondon.org.uk/camp ... 0wl2e-WnsQ

Most of us here already know how so many local authorities are looking for any excuse to cut funding or deny it all together, this will allow them to get away with it to an ever greater extent than they already have! It's worrying that this isn't being more widely shared/documented and I feel like it's imperative to take a few minutes and contact your local MP to protest this change being put through.

Quick and easy way to contact your MP and dispute this bill. https://actionnetwork.org/letters/coron ... n-danger/
Written to mp
Believe others are into it as well
We all must to try and keep what we have. Once gone never to return.
Cloudygal wrote:
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:03 pm
Written to mp
Me too.

Corona Virus may be a desperate situation requiring desperate measures , but this is a step too far.
Have contact MP and councillors and forwarded link to as many folk as I can.

Melly1
From another thread ... Professor Luke Clements's initial reaction :

These changes to the Care Act 2014 would only be triggered if the spread of coronavirus was such that the Secretary of State considered LAs to be at imminent risk of failing to fulfil their duties under the Care Act 2014 and would be deactivated at the conclusion of the emergency period. Even during the operation of these changes, LAs would still be expected to continue meeting all of their duties under the Act if they are able to do so.

However, during the peak, adult social care services will face surging demand and reduced capacity arising from higher rates of staff absence. This may make it impossible for LAs to continue to deliver at current service levels, or undertake the detailed assessments they would usually provide.

In such circumstances it is crucial that LAs should be able to prioritise care in order to protect life and reach rapid decisions over the provision of care without undertaking full Care Act compliant assessments.

These provisions, which would only be brought into operation for the shortest possible time at the peak of the coronavirus outbreak. Without these provisions, LAs would be constrained by existing assessments, which could result in them maintaining these at the expense of new, more urgent needs, or prevent them from allocating scarce support purely on the basis of severity of need. Such decisions could be inhibited by the fear of legal challenge under the Care Act.
From Michael, Carers UK
Carers UK's response the Emergency Coronavirus Bill can be found through the link below. This web page will be updated with our response to the range of carer releated issues addressed by this bill.

https://www.carersuk.org/news-and-campa ... y-measures

In working behind the scenes we are also doing all that we can to represent the rights of carers in relation to this bill. The range of issues being highlighted on the Forum is really helpful in enabling us to build a picture of how the coronavirus is affecting carers across the UK.

We'll keep you updated with further developments as they happen

Michael
Posted in the Corona Virus sub forum today
I couldnt view your link, Suzie.

Triage of the worst kind.