Tag: independent living

Product review: Button-Fix almost but not quite on the button

Product review: Button-Fix almost but not quite on the button

Ian Macrae tries out an ingeniously simple solution to a problem which has caused him small amounts of grief and regret whenever it has arisen. I’m going to let you in on a little secret. It is a matter tinged more with shame and regret than pride that I never learned to sew on a … Continue reading Product review: Button-Fix almost but not quite on the button

“Dismay, horror and heartbreak” over where “Leave” leaves disabled people

As a founder member of the UK disabled people’s independent living movement, John Evans finds nothing to celebrate in the result of the EU referendum. 23 June 2016 will not go down for disabled people in the UK as "Independence Day", as coined by Nigel Farage. In fact, it will go down as the blackest … Continue reading “Dismay, horror and heartbreak” over where “Leave” leaves disabled people

Care and the cost of the National Living Wage

Dr Lin Berwick has high support needs, which up till now have been met by the use of 24/7 home care. But following the introduction of the National Living Wage in April this year she’s been alarmed to discover that her care package is unravelling. Let me make it absolutely clear, I have always tried … Continue reading Care and the cost of the National Living Wage

Product review: Nimble, the thimble that’s simple

Product review: Nimble, the thimble that’s simple

If you find packaging tiresome, troublesome or just difficult, Ian Macrae thinks he may have found an answer. People old enough or retro enough to remember or still be buying CDs and DVDs will also be aware of the irritation packaging can bring. Shrink-wrap that’s been shrunk tighter and more clinging than a soaked pair … Continue reading Product review: Nimble, the thimble that’s simple

Health care and social care: the great divide

In confronting a problem which has existed since the creation of the NHS in the 1940s, Professor Mike Oliver comes up with a radical solution for dealing with resultant inequity. Recently I switched my support package from the local social services department to the local health authority and succeeded in crossing the great divide from … Continue reading Health care and social care: the great divide

DLA to PIP migration and the great Osborne sell-out

DLA to PIP migration and the great Osborne sell-out

2016 is likely to be the year when large numbers of disabled people are moved off Disability Living Allowance and on to Personal Independence Payments. But, says Ian Macrae, hidden cuts are being made to serve a darker agenda. Former Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer Denis Healey is serially misquoted as having said that his … Continue reading DLA to PIP migration and the great Osborne sell-out

Past lessons for future voices

Past lessons for future voices

As a nascent umbrella organisation of disabled people takes its first steps to being our voice, Mike Oliver reflects on what the future needs to learn from the past. A recent conference organised by the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA) highlighted the need for a new national umbrella organisation suggesting that the United Kingdom Disabled … Continue reading Past lessons for future voices