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News and Current Affairs / Re: Scotland Social Security
« Last post by JLR2 on Today at 04:59:37 PM »
I've just found the story on the Guardian's web pages here's hoping it'll be beyond Westminster's powers to interfere.

And I've just discovered Prabs, that you have already provided the link to the same page >doh< >biggrin<
Talk / Re: When the money's pointless
« Last post by Fiz on Today at 04:46:03 PM »
I would so love someone with an understanding of mental health issues come and help me organise my bedroom. I have no idea where to find such a person so I totally get where you are coming from.

I get nothing for mobility in my PIP award despite the pain that walking causes me, what I really need for both my physical and mental health is to have the use of a car so that I could get to a shop, the post office or church and could also visit friends and family. Instead I'm housebound, intensely lonely and increasingly wondering if I have a life worth living.
I agree sunny totally.

I'm glad the article stated that some areas already recognise hidden disabilities, a previous friend had a blue badge because her daughter had severe behavioural issues and she really needed it at the time because the daughter's behaviour was dangerous. I hadn't realised my area was unusual.

My dd is a carer for children with complex needs. Today she is caring for a disabled child in a wheelchair and an able bodied child. She attempted to book cinema tickets with Cineworld but you can't purchase carer and tickets for disabled people either online or by phone so her only option was to travel with the children and just hope there were tickets available on arrival. On getting to the entertainment complex all 9 of the spaces in the care park marked for the disabled were occupied so she had to park some distance away in order to get the wheelchair out and assembled and all 3 of them were drenched on entering the cinema. Thankfully tickets were available but Cineworld could do far more to help the disabled access tickets and parking. It was a pretty miserable experience for them.
Cafe / Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
« Last post by Prabhakari on Today at 03:57:17 PM »
STrong winds still blowing. Am heading up to Madagascar. sails reefed.
Now what they need to do is something that's years overdue - change the disability symbol.  One problem with any disability facility, be it a loo or a parking badge, is that people can easily assume that someone without a wheelchair is cheating.

That's understandable since theft of blue badges is a problem and also some people do cheat, but even so, it's time for another symbol.  What symbol, I don't know.  Maybe the current symbol with a plus next to it. 

People with hidden disabilities such as dementia and autism could be given blue badge parking permits in England under new government proposals.

The Department for Transport said that only certain councils were currently recognising hidden disabilities.

It said the proposed new policy was designed to provide "clear and consistent" guidelines.

Mental health campaigners welcomed the proposals for providing a "lifeline" to many people with hidden disabilities.

It is hoped the proposals, being put to an eight-week consultation, would create parity in the treatment of physical and mental health.

If they go ahead, it will be the biggest change to the blue badge scheme since it was introduced in 1970.

Around 2.4 million people have blue badges in England, which allows them to park for free in pay and display bays, use disabled parking bays, and stay for up to three hours on yellow lines.

In London blue badge holders are exempt from paying the congestion charge.

'Blue badges a lifeline'

Transport minister Jesse Norman said blue badges gave people with disabilities the freedom to get jobs, see friends or go to the shops "with as much ease as possible".

He said: "We want to try to extend this to people with invisible disabilities."

The Department for Transport said about 75% of badge users said they would go out less often if they didn't have the flexibility to park with a blue badge.

The National Autistic Society has been campaigning for this change and its head of policy, Sarah Lambert, said it could provide a lifeline to many autistic people.

She told the BBC: "There are some families that sometimes don't go out because they're worried about the stress that is going to be caused if it's very busy and very crowded.

"For lots of autistic people, they don't have as good an understanding of danger as others, so we know that some families are worried about their children running out in front of cars."

Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of mental health charity Sane, welcomed the changes, saying: "By looking at non-visible illness, we can actually change the perceptions of mental illness.

"It's the first time that the government has shown that it's going to fulfil a parity of esteem between physical and mental illness," she said.

The National Police Autism Association, which supports officers affected by autism, Asperger's Syndrome and other conditions, said it was "great news" for drivers on the autism spectrum.

"Access to disabled parking eases the stress of trips out and makes independent living easier," it said.
News and Current Affairs / Re: Scotland Social Security
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on Today at 11:26:45 AM »
In all seriousness, if it goes well, I wonder whether they'll get a move of disabled people from England up into Scotland, and if so, how many would have to do that before it became a problem for the system?

I do admit that for me, it's attractive.

As some will know, I'm considering drawing down on a private pension and also expecting to inherit some money, so whilst short term I'm relying on benefits, in the medium term I expect to have a secure private source of income (subject to the state of the economy).   Nevertheless, a safety net matters, and, more to the point, society's attitude matters.  This says to me that politically Scotland cares more about sick and disabled people than England does.
Cafe / Re: The 12 days of Christmas, but not as we know it.
« Last post by Prabhakari on January 20, 2018, 09:24:03 PM »
I just saw this. Nice to see a different version from the others.
Cafe / Re: Thought for the day
« Last post by Prabhakari on January 20, 2018, 08:01:05 PM »
Respond to anger with peace.
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