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Carers to receive advice in spotting house fire risks

Carers are to be given new advice on spotting those at risk of house fires, including smokers and those with mental health issues.

One person receiving care is dying from a fire every month in London on average, according to a London Fire Brigade (LFB) report.

It said in the last three years, 36 out of 119 accidental fire deaths involved people accessing some form of care.

The advice will form part of care workers’ inductions.

This includes those who care for people in their own homes, in sheltered accommodation and in care homes.

Taxi driver fined for refusing guide dog

A taxi driver who refused to carry a blind woman because of her guide dog has been hit with a court bill for more than £1,500.

Matloob Hussain had travelled to pick up Kelly Ann Roberts from her home in Walsall Wood as she was due to attend the Manor Hospital with her mother.

But the driver refused to accept black Labrador cross Roxy in the cab and allegedly claimed Mrs Roberts was not blind as she was blinking. Hussain, of Essex Street, Walsall, denied making the statement.

He also insisted he did not know it was a guide dog.

New group for visually impaired in Plymouth

Low vision group to deal specifically with issues relating to people with sight loss.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

PLYMOUTH City Council has set up a separate low vision group to deal specifically with issues relating to people with sight loss.

The group has deliberately been kept separate to ensure that visual impairment issues do not get lost in wider disability-related issues.

Plymouth’s highlights:

As soon as a person is diagnosed staff at the Royal Eye Infirmary send over the paperwork to the council.