May 05, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.269

Care News

Birmingham Council's plan to raise eligibility thresholds to critical has been overturned after a judge ruled it unlawful.

Four disabled residents had their concerns over the legality of the city�s service cutbacks upheld by a High Court judge.

The ruling declared that Birmingham�s proposal to raise criteria from substantial was unlawful because the council had failed to pay due regard to the impact on disabled people during the decision-making process, contravening the Disability Discrimination Act.

Birmingham launched its consultation exercise as part of city-wide plans aimed at reducing the amount of money it spends on adult social care.

It was thought that up to 5,000 disabled people in Birmingham would have been denied all or parts of their social care packages currently provided by the council under the plans.
(Source: Community Care)


Advant~Age is the new name of Age Concern groups who did not wish to become Age UK. Advant~Age was launched at the Houses of Parliament on 5th April.

From 1st April, Advant~Age will sell a range of FSA regulated and non regulated insurance products, including Home and Contents, Travel, Motor and Funeral Plans. Other products sold will include Stannah stair lifts and Care Line. Each Advant~Age will develop and provide high quality services to meet local needs.

To date, 15 local Age Concerns from across England and Wales have signed up as members and others may join. To date there are 320 local groups of Advant~Age.

Each Age Concern group was an independent charity and those that have become Advant~Age have advised that they feared losing their independence and becoming franchisees of a centralised charity.


Typhoo Tea and Warburtons have combined to create a Tea and Toast Morning to raise money for the English Federation of Disability Sports.

If you go to the website http://www.teaandtoastmorning.co.uk you can find details of how to organise this fund raising opportunity, can enter a competition, find recipe ideas, get money off vouchers, etc.

In-House News

Care Manager Katie Plane has left on go on maternity leave and her clients will be overseen by David Gifford until her return.

Charlene Catchpole has been appointed as our Risk Assessor/MH Trainer to replace Jim Green.

David attended a meeting with Gt Yarmouth and Waveney PCT re Contracting for Continuing Care.

A short week but client visits have taken place in Norfolk and Somerset.

Interesting Information / Statistics

The last decade has seen the number of cases of HIV acquired in the UK almost double. New diagnoses for people infected with the condition have risen from 1,950 in 2001 to 3,780 in 2010.
(Source: Health Protection Agency)

Question of the Week
"I have been told that it is possible to buy Harry Potter books in Braille. Where can I buy them please?"

Answer : You can purchase Harry Potter books in Braille from the Royal Blind organisation via their website at: http://www.royalblind.org Tel: 0131 229 1456

The titles that are available are:

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone
  2. Happy Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
We hope you have enjoyed reading this and "see you next week".

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.