Author Archive for CASCAIDr


…this is incredibly good value. We’ve seen the depth you go into for what I thought would be a ‘light touch’ overview course, so I’d expect this new project would be the campaign equivalent of a scudmissile….

The detail is phenomenal

Thank you so much for responding. The detail is phenomenal. I know exactly where we stand.  I appreciate your knowledge and guidance and feel far more informed and confident.

Suggested letter for your MP if your council has been forced to ‘ration’ care …

….. to less than is thought professionally to be appropriate or needed

– and explaining why Covid Easements need to be re-introduced to authorise “rationing” under the Care Act, unless the DHSC is resigned to people suing councils for restitution (money spent by others or for work done in lieu) or complaining about harm.

We suggest you copy this letter to your own MP, maybe missing out the sentence about Jeremy Hunt’s own responsibility for austerity, and the destruction of adult social services and care – which has been more to do with the Treasury, than any other department…

To Jeremy Hunt, my MP:

I expect you will have been made aware of this –

It is the source of the story that BBC1 covered last week that 49 councils have imposed special measures on themselves to ration care services to an extent that is less than professional staff think is actually needed, because of the workforce crisis and lack of care to put in under the Care Act.

I am hoping that as my MP you will ask a question in the House as to what the DHSC and the Secretary of State intend to do about that?

Under the Care Act, the duty owed is to meet eligible unmet need.

The law is that councils can PROVIDE even if they can’t manage to purchase care. The councils are thus in breach of duty.

The government could (MUST, I would say) re-introduce Coronavirus Act Easements (they expired last year) or offer an unqualified indemnity for the council sector for harm, injury or premature death of people not provided with their right to care (as the government did for the NHS at the start of the pandemic).

Or they could be asked if they accept that it’s related to 15 years of national policy regarding austerity, Brexit, not appreciating unpaid carers, etc. (forgive me for referring to a time when you were in charge of that policy; I appreciate that you have already changed your own position).

Or they could be given a convenient platform to say that people’s families need to step up, never mind that for that, one may as well read women… because they’re good at multi-tasking and somehow pretend to do their jobs, be parents AND volunteers in the community. 

The argument is that there is no care to be bought, regardless of the money, of course. But that’s not a conclusion that faith in the market, the bedrock of Conservatism, would normally lead to, is it?

The market might not pivot overnight, if restaurants and shops have given people golden hellos for 3 months work – but it would do so, pretty soon, if care work was properly paid and regarded.

Leaving councils in breach of statutory duty without Easements, means that they are all judicially reviewable and liable for restitution for money spent by others in lieu of the council, so not funding social care needs doesn’t even SAVE MONEY!! 

If that doesn’t matter to government, what is the point of the Health and Care Bill providing for CQC to ‘regulate’ social services authorities, and for powers of intervention and direction from a Secretary of State, I wonder?

Saying nothing effectively conveys the message that it’s nothing to DO with government, underlining that legal rights to care aren’t actually enforceable, despite judicial review, the legal aid rules, human rights and equalities legislation, all passed by Parliament, but underfunded by the Treasury.

If this shocking state of affairs isn’t an election issue, (or a leadership issue internally) for a party that goes on about sovereignty and the rule of law, I don’t know what is, frankly.

Yours faithfully

[Your name, with the address to show that you are the MP’s constituent]

Without your help this simply would NOT have happened

I wanted to thank you again and let you know that we managed to rescue mum from the care home after a struggle with Adult Social Care.

Without your help this simply would NOT have happened. I owe you a debt of gratitude I cannot pay.

I have been really enjoying the course

I have been really enjoying the course, it’s required a lot of commitment due to all the reading but it’s really been helpful and the way you have split it up into sections has made it more understandable.

I’ve found it incredibly interesting and pitched at the right level for me

I believe the design works well, to have a visual aid -powerpoint, while you are explaining new topics and information helps. Then to go into smaller groups to discuss is also interesting to hear other people’s point of view -including some healthy debate, coming together again is great for people to share their views, experiences and ask questions.

I am finding the course very informative and most useful for my circumstances. Clearly, it has been a huge amount of time and effort on your part. The best way I can put it though is that I feel I am in the middle of a degree without even having yet mastered an O level.

I am gaining loads from the course – it’s so informative – and the knowledge I am gaining is incredibly useful on the ground.

I really like the duration of the course – both the overall length of the course and the length of individual sessions are very manageable.  And the content is incredibly informative in relation to the law.

I am enjoying the course, I find the content, frequency, structure and timing of it works very well for me.

I really appreciate the amount of time and work that has obviously gone in to putting this much needed course together and presenting it every month , amazingly well !

It’s a very good course Belinda, no doubt about it. I’m comfortable learning by reading, but the sessions usually bring a surprise or two that I wouldn’t have spotted.

I would like to take this chance to say how much I am enjoying the course, my knowledge and confidence are growing exponentially

I have been promoting the course to anyone who will listen and have already passed your organisations info around

I can’t say enough how much I am enjoying the course or how much information I have gained from it

It’s hard to express my gratitude for your and your colleague’s help

It’s hard to express my gratitude for yours and your colleague’s help with this, we feel so alone and exhausted by it all and worried about our sister’s future and you have given us a much needed injection of confidence and clear thinking for which we shall be forever grateful.

I would not have got this far without your help and kind support

CHC/CCG are now working together with G’s clinicians to get him back home promptly with the right care package. I am so elated. I cannot thank you enough for your counsel. I would not have got this far without your help and kind support. Thank you!

I am not sure what I can do for you to repay your kindness. Know this, if I can help you in any way, I will.

You have provided us with a great deal of information

You have provided us with a great deal of information and advice which I’m sure will be of immense use. Not only did you respond immediately with the best advice we’ve been given to date, but you have helped to renew our determination to ensure our mother receives the best care.

Thank you for your untiring work

All the best and thank you for your untiring work unravelling the beastly complicated and twisted regulations for better understanding by us lay people

Thank you so much for the help and the recommendations

Thank you so much for the help and the recommendations. I will definitely recommend your charity to other parents……People like you and your charity make a lot of difference to children, adults and their families.  Your answers made me feel there is hope and that in itself has helped me to fight on!