Campaigners have warned more than 40 NHS primary c

first_imgCampaigners have warned more than 40 NHS primary care organisations across England that policies which could see service-users with complex healthcare needs forced into institutions are a breach of disabled people’s human rights.Despite the warning, the Department of Health last night (Wednesday) refused to say if it had any concerns about the policies on NHS continuing healthcare (NHS CHC), or whether they complied with its own guidelines.Research on the policies, published last week by disabled campaigner Fleur Perry, showed at least 44 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) – and probably many more – would be willing to move disabled people with high-cost support packages into residential or nursing homes against their wishes.Perry, who edits the website Disability United, is herself a recipient of NHS CHC.Her research, using freedom of information requests, showed that the 44 CCGs had drawn up policies containing “concerning” phrases that suggested they would move disabled people eligible for NHS CHC out of their homes and into institutions against their wishes, even if the cost of a homecare package was only slightly more expensive than residential care.Most of the other CCGs that responded to her requests said they relied on the Department of Health’s National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care, and the NHS England Operating Model for NHS Continuing Health Care*.Perry’s research has alarmed disabled activists and other campaigners for independent living.Jenny Morris, a member of the Independent Living Strategy Group, which is chaired by the disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell, said the group was “extremely concerned” by the research.Morris (pictured), who helped write the Labour government’s Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People white paper, said: “This is taking us back to a time when disabled people were not considered to be equal citizens.  “It is also a denial of human rights to a private and family life, and a direct contravention of article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which states that disabled people have the ‘right to live in the community with choices equal to others’.  “The UK government has signed up to and ratified this convention and CCGs as public bodies should not be taking decisions such as this.” Rob Greig, chief executive of the National Development Team for inclusion (NDTi) – which works with charities and government departments, including the Department of Health, to promote inclusion and independent living – said the research was “seriously concerning”.He said it was not a surprise that such policies existed but he was surprised at “the blatancy with which it was acknowledged [by CCGs] and the extent to which it was found”.Greig, a former national director for learning difficulties and currently a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) disability committee, said he would bring Perry’s research to the EHRC’s attention this week.But he said that, because of the continuing reductions in EHRC’s budget and its expertise on disability, he was not sure if it had the “capacity to continue to raise and take up issues such as this”.He said that NHS England needed to be “asking questions of those authorities that have responded in this way”, and added: “If they are breaching human rights then the human rights legislation needs to be brought into play.”He said the culture within the health sector meant health professionals “don’t automatically think of the human and civic rights arguments when it comes to designing people’s services”.He added: “Therefore it’s not right but perhaps not surprising that the healthcare system will not consider the impact on people’s rights and personal autonomy when deciding what sort of service they want to put someone in.”In response to one NHS consultant who suggested on Twitter that the solution to the CCG policies was for people receiving NHS CHC to ask for a personal health budget (PHB) – giving them control over how their CCG funding was spent – Greig said this might be a solution for only a limited number of people.He said: “I think it’s on record that the number of people receiving personal health budgets is pretty low at the moment.“In the right circumstances it might be a solution for some people. It would not be accurate to say that it could be a widespread solution to this.”Greig suggested that using a PHB might only work if someone receiving NHS CHC, with a support system in place, was able to use the flexibility provided by a PHB to spend their allocated budget “in a more cost-effective way”, but only if the CCG was not allocating resources to those receiving PHBs from a perspective of “we are doing this to save money”.Sue Bott, deputy chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said: “PHBs are certainly the way to gain control over how your health needs are met, but we do need to challenge those CCGs who have a policy of limiting PHBs to the cost of residential care. “CCGs need to understand the principles of independent living and how meeting support needs contributes to disabled people’s right to be full citizens in their communities.”A Department of Health (DH) spokeswoman refused to say if DH was concerned about the 44 policies or if it believed they complied with its framework*.But she said in a statement: “Every person with complex needs should be offered the right level of care for them, in the right environment. “We expect all CCGs to follow the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare*, and continued independence should be considered as part of the overall approach to care planning.”She added: “As CCGs are statutory bodies in their own right, it does not fall to the Department of Health to approve an individual CCG’s approach.“All CCGs are provided with national guidance which helps inform their policies.“From 2015 to 2016, NHS Continuing Healthcare has been included in the quality assurance processes for CCGs.“This will help make sure that all CHC assessments are consistent across the NHS, and that they comply with the CHC National Framework.”NHS England had failed to comment by noon today (Thursday).*The NHS England operating model stresses that “personalisation should be at the heart of all NHS Continuing Healthcare assessments and the provision of care and support”, and calls for “innovative, personalised packages of care”.The Department of Health national framework says CCGs “should commission services using models that maximise personalisation and individual control and that reflect the individual’s preferences, as far as possible”, and that although cost can be taken into account, it “has to be balanced against other factors in the individual case, such as an individual’s desire to continue to live in a family environment”.The framework points to a 2005 human rights legal case in which the high court found that forcing a woman who needed constant nursing care into an institution would infringe her right to a family life under article eight of the European Convention on Human Rights, and that article eight should be given “considerable” weight in such cases, although the cost of a package “is a factor which can properly be taken into account”.last_img read more

A government adviser has criticised the Equality a

first_imgA government adviser has criticised the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and parts of the disability movement for failing to do enough to highlight “disabled achievers”.The criticism comes in a new report which was co-authored by the government’s disability employment adviser, Professor Francis Davis, who was appointed to the Office for Disability Issues in April to work on promoting social enterprise and improving employment opportunities for disabled people.In the report, A Sector Deal For Disability, published by the independent thinktank Localis and the University of Birmingham, Davis and his co-author Liam Booth-Smith say that parts of the disability movement have treated “leadership”, “role models” and advocating social mobility with “caution”.As a result, they say, “disabled people are being marginalised and excluded” from positive initiatives supported by the government.They say EHRC has shown “enduring interest” in the number of women appointed to FTSE boards, and in championing those rising to the most senior roles from black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities.But they say there is either no mention of “disabled achievers” in EHRC’s published strategies or there is an “almost uniform assumption” that disabled people are “dependent on” entrepreneurialism, business or civil success rather than being responsible for it themselves.And they point out that the state-owned British Business Bank has to report on BAME take-up of its start-up loan schemes but “has no such responsibility with regard to disabled people”.They warn that the commission’s “historic omission in this regard”, combined with its decision to make the role of disability commissioner redundant in order to “develop a more generic approach [to equality] risks compounding this gap”.And they say that disabled achievers such as the Tory peer Lord Shinkwin, his predecessor as disability commissioner Lord [Chris] Holmes, the late singer-songwriter Ian Dury and former home secretary David Blunkett (pictured) “provide a challenge to a culture of disability advocacy that runs the risk of not celebrating the achievements, example and challenge that individual journeys of success can contribute”.They conclude that “this caution regarding ‘success’ in parts of the disability community is adding to the obstacles that disabled people face” and that it is “time to champion disabled leaders beyond sport and most especially in the economy”.Lord Shinkwin and the EHRC chair, David Isaac, are currently engaged in a stand-off over the Tory peer’s role on the commission’s board.Isaac told Lord Shinkwin that the role of disability commissioner had been made “redundant” just 36 hours before he was due to attend his first board meeting, and that he would instead be just a commissioner.Lord Shinkwin refused to attend board meetings until his position was clarified and has said he does not accept the abolition of the post.An EHRC spokeswoman said: “We are championing the interest and contribution that disabled people make across all of society and will continue to do so.”The Localis report also calls on the government to make a “bold” commitment to creating a new “sector deal”* for disability as part of the government’s industrial strategy.It says such a deal should offer better support and incentives to employers, training providers and disabled people.And it highlights the government’s failure to mention disability in its industrial strategy green paper, a criticism also made in last week’s meeting of the all party parliamentary group for disability (see separate story).The report says a disability sector deal should be “about shifting the perception of disability as a barrier to full participation in our economy”; should encourage “investment and confidence in our emerging assistive technology companies so that they might become world leaders in their field”; and should “send a message” to disabled people that the government “stands ready and willing to support them in meeting their potential”.Among the report’s other recommendations is for the government to abolish employers’ national insurance contributions for disabled employees, and to support start-up businesses owned or led by disabled people.*A sector deal is an agreement between a particular sector of the economy and the government, aimed at making that sector more competitive and stimulating growthlast_img read more

Photo Essay Lifes Variety in the Mission

first_imgPhoto by Michael KirschnerPhoto by Michael KirschnerPhoto by Michael Kirschner Photo by Michael KirshnerPhoto by Michael KirschnerSuzanne Cortez with Adelente at Corazon Del Barrio Feb. 2015 Photo by Michael KirschnerPhoto by Michael Kirschner 0%center_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img

Merchants balk at restaurant addition to retail updated

first_img 0% Tags: Business • valencia street • vcma Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Phil Lesser, the president of the Mission Merchants Association, several commissioners, and Quinby’s landlord all spoke highly of the project, praising Quinby’s management of the space and one of his other businesses, the Riptide.“I think this is a magical location, the wood in the room, you smell it you feel it, it’s magical,” said Commissioner Rodney Fong. “It’s a pretty good shot at saving the magic that is there.”The dissent to the proposal revolved around a promise of 600 square feet of retail being preserved on the ground floor. Merchants from the VCMA and a few other speakers said community outreach had indicated that the restaurant would be in the basement only, or much less dominant. They also described the promise of 600 square feet as disingenuous, saying it included areas that shouldn’t be counted. Part of the allocated space was also on an upstairs mezzanine level.“This token amount of retail was put in there just to appease us,” said Ritual Coffee owner and VCMA member Eileen Rinaldi. “I love entertainment venues and came to multiple hearings to support Viracocha. Losing a cornerstone of retail on Valencia is a high price to pay to keep the entertainment venue.”Commissioners at first discussed minor adjustments that would make the retail more prominent but ultimately just stipulated that the retail area be increased to 700 square feet and that all of it be at the front of the building.Original Story:Retailers in the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association have rescinded their support of Amado’s pursuit of a full service restaurant – a request that will be heard by the Planning Commission sometime this afternoon.The association supported the idea of a restaurant as long as the owner retained 600 square feet of retail, out of almost 2,000 square feet total, on the ground floor. The group has now rescinded its support, saying less retail space is actually in the plans than was expected. David Quinby and Al Ribiya took over the former Viracocha space 998 Valencia St. in 2016 and operated a store for hand-tailored clothing on the ground floor and an entertainment space in the basement. But by February of this year, the clothing shop had closed and a pop up selling records moved in.  Sean Quigley, president of the Valencia Corridor Merchant’s Association and owner of Paxton Gate at 766 Valencia St. said when the change to a restaurant was originally proposed that he expected no opposition from the merchants as long as 600 square feet of front retail was retained. In a letter to planners, Quigley wrote that he supported the permit so long as the alcohol license applied only to the basement and the street level would remain retail.For his part, Quinby said he asked the merchants in January to take back their letter of support with its stipulations, saying it was misleading and causing confusion. “I’m glad he is finally rescinding the letter because nothing but confusion has come from it,” he wrote.The application plans for 400 square feet of retail on the ground floor with an additional 180 square feet of ancillary office space, which Quinby describes as being used for retail purposes, on an elevated mezzanine area. Though drinks would be served in the basement, the restaurant would operate on the street level. The association, which is usually averse to the addition of new restaurants on the corridor and even once championed a restaurant moratorium for the area, originally supported Quinby’s idea because the plans retained retail in the front of the space. “We understand they need a kitchen to support the downstairs venue and to get a liquor license,” said Ritual Coffee owner and merchant association member Eileen Rinaldi. “We wrote the letter of support with the understanding that the ground floor was going to be substantially retail. Now that we’re seeing that there’s really no substantial retail we feel like we have to revoke our support of the project.”Aversion to converting retail to restaurant comes from a concern that restaurants take foot traffic away from existing retail store and make the spaces they occupy more expensive. To make such a change, a venue needs a  conditional use permit from the Planning Commission. “It’s extremely rare for a space that’s been converted into a restaurant to be converted back into retail.It’s expensive to convert a space to restaurant,” Rinaldi explained. “The concern is that this is becoming more and more of a destination for nights and weekend nights, and we’re seeing a drop in foot traffic during the day. That has a lot of the merchants who rely on shopping traffic very concerned.”As part of the changes, the basement entertainment space will add a bar, according to planning documents. The retail areas will also be flexible and can be rearranged or removed for events.City planner Linda Ajello Hoagland said earlier that the plans envision a flow between the retail and cash register in the front of the corner store, a restaurant and a then a kitchen in the back. The proposed restaurant would be open from Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and the basement entertainment venue would be open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.“Lance Walden, the brilliant record store owner who is currently doing the pop up at Amado’s, uses the space to store very rare items to show privately to interested buyers. Once again, retail,” Quinby wrote. “We have struck the perfect balance for all 3 levels and we got the retail square footage precisely where mr Quigly wanted it.”Rinaldi, however, said she sees it differently.“We wrote the letter [of support] thinking that the liquor license applied to bar downstairs and that the ground floor would remain retail, and the kitchen to support liquor license in the back of the ground floor, but front would remain retail,” she said. “But now the reality of the ground floor is a restaurant which is a pretty big change for us. The fact is too, a lot of restaurants say they’re going to be open for lunch but then they realize that dinner is the profitable time to be open and …change their hours.”Rinaldi said the merchants had been led her to believe that the retail portion of the store would be more dominant, but discovered in the documents submitted to the Planning Department that the retail portion was smaller and less prominent than expected. Some ten letters from neighborhood groups, former supervisor Scott Wiener, and other groups urged the Planning Commission to approve the permit, along with hundreds of signatures and letters from neighbors. It appears that the main opposition comes from the merchant’s association. In May 2013, the Board of Supervisors rejected the merchants’ idea for a restaurant conversion moratorium, instead adding another step in the approval process for those conversions. center_img Update:Planning Commissioners approved the addition of a restaurant into the existing events venue and retail space called Amado’s, formerly Viracocha, on 20th and Valencia streets. The commissioners voted unanimously, 5-0, to allow Amado’s to add a restaurant at the back of its street-level commercial space, but also required that it increase the amount of space reserved for retail in the front of the space.The increase was devised as a compromise that would allow the owner of Amado’s, David Quinby, to keep the events venue alive by selling alcohol and food, while also accommodating the requests of the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association to preserve retail. Merchants have long opposed conversions from retail to restaurant, arguing that these conversions are rarely reversed and draw foot traffic away from daytime hours and thereby the shop owners who need it most. Special approvals are required for such conversions, and some of the commissioners seemed sympathetic to the concern over retail space.“I used to go to North Beach when I first moved here, it was vibrant, there were a lot of things to go by and see. Recently…the place is a ghost town. There’s nothing to buy, it’s just restaurants,” said Commissioner Dennis Richards. “I get where the folks from the VCMA are coming from…The amount of square footage devoted to retail just doesn’t reach the bar for me.”last_img read more

Mission Streets distinctive Red Building up for sale

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter The bright red building at 2567 Mission St., known as the Red Building, has hit the market for $7.2 million. The building is owned by a shell company, 2567 Mission Street LLC. It’s controlled by Tom Van Loben Sels, who has managed properties for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and former Facebook executive Owen Van Natta. The latter has owned several properties on Mission Street. The true owner of the building — whose identity Marcus & Millicap, the real estate company handling the sale, declined to confirm — stands to gain more than triple their investment: The LLC purchased the building in 2012 for $1.665 million.  The three-story, mixed use building has, in the recent past, housed a variety of businesses: a bridal shop, an online privacy nonprofit and even a purported porn studio. Email Addresscenter_img In 2017, Klatch Coffee, an upscale cafe franchise, attempted to set up shop in the building, but the process was slowed when the Mission Economic Development Agency appealed its proposed zoning change. In its request, MEDA wrote that the cafe would “exacerbate the gentrification and cultural displacement problem” in the area. (Klatch, famously, offers a $75 cup of coffee.)   MEDA subsequently withdrew the appeal after Bo Thiara, the owner of Klatch’s other San Francisco outlet on Franklin Street, signed an agreement with a neighborhood coalition dictating the future Mission cafe’s decor, hiring practices, and price points. Thiara declined to answer questions, but the cafe’s plans appear to be on course, despite the pending sale of the Red Building. Klatch Coffee signs are plastered on the building’s window, letting passersby know they are “coming soon.”  last_img read more

SAINTS alongside their partners Typhoo will be d

first_imgSAINTS, alongside their partners Typhoo, will be donning the Joining Jack charity logo when they travel to Wigan on September 7.The Club’s main sponsor has agreed to replace its livery across the front of the kit that will take to the field in the last Stobart Super League game of the season.It’s in recognition of Joining Jack – a cause which aims to raise the awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and money for research into finding possible treatments.Four-year-old Jack Johnson, the son of former Wigan player Andy Johnson, has been diagnosed with the condition and failing a medical breakthrough, his life will follow a predetermined path, mapped out by this progressive muscle wasting conditionTyphoo CEO Keith Packer commented: “We were honoured to be approached about supporting Joining Jack and allowing our logo to be replaced on the front of Saints shirts is the very least we can do support such a worthy cause.“We have been particularly impressed at how the Rugby League community has put aside competitive rivalry and is pulling together as a community to make a difference.“At Typhoo, we’re glad to play our small part in that big sense of community spirit. It also goes without saying that we wish AJ, Alex, Jack and James the best of luck on the day in raising as much money & awareness for the cause.”The Warriors will be wearing a special charity shirt with the logo and as part of the design Wigan’s main sponsor Applicado FS have agreed to surrender their Main Shirt Sponsorship for the game.Applicado CTO Andrew Pickering added: “We were delighted to be able to support Joining Jack and offer them the opportunity to be the Main Sponsor for the day.“As part of the package they will also be able to use our LED advertising boards and entertain key guests in our Executive Box. Jack’s story is an incredibly sad one and this was the least we could do to support him, his family and the charity.”last_img read more

MOSE Masoe reflects on Samoas win over PNG last n

first_imgMOSE Masoe reflects on Samoa’s win over PNG last night and his signing for Saints in this video.The big man was part of his side’s 38-4 win over the Kumuls at Hull KR.last_img

In the only change from last week Tommy Lee comes

first_imgIn the only change from last week, Tommy Lee comes into the side with Jake Spedding missing out.Justin Holbrook will choose his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Tommy Lee, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 20. Morgan Knowles, 24. Danny Richardson, 28. Regan Grace, 32. Matty Lees, 36. Zeb Taia.Brian McDermott will select his Leeds side from:2. Tom Briscoe, 3. Kallum Watkins, 4. Joel Moon, 5. Ryan Hall, 6. Danny McGuire, 7. Rob Burrow, 9. Matt Parcell, 10. Adam Cuthbertson, 11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan, 12. Carl Ablett, 13. Stevie Ward, 14. Liam Sutcliffe, 15. Brett Delaney, 16. Brad Singleton, 17. Mitch Garbutt, 18. Jimmy Keinhorst, 20. Anthony Mullally, 25. Jordan Lilley, 31. Jack Walker.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Ben Thaler.Tickets for the clash remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

First Gold Star Memorial monument unveiled in North Carolina

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Several people gathered Monday to honor fallen troops. Gold Star memorial families unveiled the first monument of its kind in North Carolina in Wilmington. The $60,000 display is at Hugh McCrae park.Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and many other loved ones joined in remembrance of fallen soldiers. This monument stands for those who died in Vietnam, 9/11, Afghanistan, Iraq and every other fight for our nation.- Advertisement – Founder Hershel Woody Williams started the presentation. He is the last living WWII veteran with the congressional medal of honor distinction. The Gold Star mothers were dressed in white to honor their fallen sons. The Wilmington chapter started with five mothers but, the group has grown tremendously.“When I read about this monument that was for all families that had lost someone serving in the military, I was like oh that’s wonderful,” said Honorary Board Member Norma Luther. “I’ll have a place to go and I can sit and reflect.”“They gave their life up so we could live the way we are now and have our freedom,” said Gold Star mother June Augusta. “We don’t want their memory to die and the only way it doesn’t die is to talk about them. It might make us cry, might make us laugh… all in the same conversation.”Related Article: Wilmington preps for chances of more debris with MichaelThe monuments four panels represent homeland, family, patriotism and sacrifice.The USS North Carolina battleship is unique to Wilmington’s monument to represent our home.There are 44 gold star family monuments across the nation. Founder Hershel “Woody” Williams says we cannot exist without those who are willing to serve.last_img read more

Certified volunteers offer free help filing taxes

first_img AARP Foundation Tax Aide volunteers are certified preparers that guide low to moderate income taxpayers through complicated tax codes to ensure proper credits and deductions, when filing federal and state tax returns. The 2017 tax overhaul will continue to usher in changes over the next few years that will directly impact the refund taxpayers will receive.“It is unlikely that most people will itemize deductions this year because the standard deduction on the federal tax return has increased quite a bit,” said Tax Aide Volunteer Kevin O’Grady.O’Grady says taxpayers can still consider itemizing deductions on the state level.Related Article: Pine Valley Library to open shortly after Myrtle Grove location closureAnother favorable effect of the tax overhaul is the credit for household dependents.Many Americans view their tax refund as a major financial relief to costly expenses and free filing services are helpful to taxpayers trying to keep money in their pocket.“When I went to a couple of places that did taxes, they were expensive,” said Ada Pierce, who has filed with AARP Foundation’s Tax Aide Volunteers for two years. “They were charging me for every piece.”“We have a lot of repeat customers,” said O’Grady. “More than half have been with us before.”Tax preparers like O’Grady have been guiding Wilmington residents through filing taxes for 14 years at New Hanover County Main Library, but Pierce says last year was busier.“Last year, I had to wait two days to get up help but, today I came and it wasn’t that many people here,” said Pierce. “I sat down, they helped me go through the paperwork, and showed me what other papers I needed so, I brought everything I needed. I got through it and I got a nice little refund.”But not every taxpayer will receive a hearty return this year. If taxpayers used the new IRS income tax withholding tables, their take home pay was greater which will in turn reduce the final refund.But Pierce is grateful that she will soon have money to help family still struggling since Hurricane Florence.“Other people in my family can use my help so when I get my refund, I can help some of them that are still displaced,” said Pierce. “A lot of them lost everything.”The AARP Foundation Tax Aide volunteers will be offering free tax prep help from 9 AM to 1 PM daily until April 15 on the 3rd floor of New Hanover County Main Library located at 205 Chestnut St in Wilmington.Make sure to bring your social security cards, photo I.D., W2’s, 1099’s and mortgage statements. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Last year, AARP Foundation Tax Aide reports taxpayers received over $1 billion in refunds with their service, but tax season is starting off slow across the nation with average refunds down by 8%.In Wilmington, the AARP tax prep site is usually packed with taxpayers in the early part of the season but Tuesday morning it was fairly empty.- Advertisement – last_img read more