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Vulnerable people in rural areas at risk from big changes in care

New legislation has been described as the biggest shake-up in the care system in more than 60 years.

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 21, 2014

 Ann McClements and Ken Crawford, of Devon Senior Voice, take a look at what it will mean.

Vulnerable people and their carers will be put in control of the support they receive when the first part of The Care Act 2014 comes into effect next April. It will also cap the amount anyone will have to pay.

Devon Senior Voice (DSV) – the voluntary forum for older people – has keenly followed its various stages and is focusing on the Act for the next six months, explaining the changes to all our members. We have recommended to all branches that they explore and discuss the implications.

The two core principles that run through the Act are personalisation and wellbeing.

Family Carers random help survey

Carers will be asked about a range of issues such as quality of life in a survey over the next few weeks.

Carers across Northamptonshire are being asked for their views on the support services they receive in a random survey by Northamptonshire County Council.

Around 1,000 surveys will be sent to people who care for a loved one and the results will help shape how services including respite breaks and training will be developed and improved in the future.

Disabled Stevenage man needs foodbanks to survive after benefits cut

A disabled man has been forced to rely on foodbanks to survive after going months without receiving benefits.

Friday, October 10, 2014
3:02 PM

Alan Ogden lives in Brent Court, Stevenage and suffers from Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis, which affects a person’s breathing, and a fused right wrist which he cannot bend.

The 53-year-old applied for Personal Independence Payment, which replaced Disability Living Allowance, in October last year, and Job Seekers Allowance in August – but is yet to receive a penny in either payment.