20 December: Survey of local authority commissioners of advocacy for people with learning disabilities
16 December: Winterbourne View workers appear in court charged with neglect and ill treatment
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14 December: Adult social care and health to be integrated in Scotland
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8 December: Survey reveals plight of families with disabled children
Nearly three-quarters of families with disabled children have experienced anxiety, depression or family breakdown, according to the latest research by Contact a Family.
1 December 2011: Government reverses its decision to stop the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance for people in residential care
Maria Miller, Minister for Disabled People, has today announced that the Government will no longer be cutting the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance for people in residential care.
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30 November: More funding for CQC inspections Community Care reports that the Department of Health has granted the Care Quality Commission's request for greater funding to finance annual inspections of adult care services and others it regulates. DH funding for the regulator will increase by £10m in 2012-13 to help the organisation recruit sufficient inspectors to fulfil the annual inspections target.
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29 November: Winterbourne View - 10 charged Ten people have been charged in connection with the ill treatment and neglect of patients at the Winterbourne View hospital near Bristol. The charges come after secret filming by the BBC's Panorama at Winterbourne View, which has since been closed. The 10 people face a total of 40 charges against four patients under the Mental Capacity Act. Seven men and three women, all from the local area, are due to appear before Bristol magistrates on 15 December.
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23November: Learning disabled man's human rights 'ignored' by council and NHS A council and NHS trust have been slammed for "ignoring the basic human rights" of a man with Down's syndrome who was detained unnecessarily in hospital for months and then moved into inappropriate locked accommodation until his death.
Mr J, who was then living independently with his wife, was admitted to hospital for a short assessment after a deterioration in his health, where he was diagnosed with dementia and epilepsy. But though declared fit for discharge, he was kept in hospital for five months, and then moved with his wife into a self-contained flat in an older people's care home, which was kept locked for safety reasons.
Though this was supposed to be a temporary arrangement, they stayed there for 10 months until Mr J became ill with a chest infection and was admitted to hospital, where he died, aged 53.
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20 November: The Queen's Hidden Cousins The true story of Nerissa and Katherine Bowes-Lyon, the Queen's cousins who were born with learning disabilities and spent most of their lives all but forgotten in an institution. Also about life in specialist long stay hospitals and how those who moved out could blossom in better surroundings - you can still see it online at Channel 4 on Demand.
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18 November: Court ruling leaves disabled patients at risk Mencap took the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman to judicial review, on 16 November, to challenge the legality of her approach to complaints of disability discrimination in the NHS. However, the judge ruled that the Ombudsman’s approach is lawful. Mencap has warned that this ruling will continue to allow discrimination against people with a learning disability to go unchecked and lead to further unnecessary deaths.
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16 November: Conduct code and training standards for social care workers Health secretary announces plans to develop code of conduct and minimum training standards for adult social care workers in England. Department of Health has charged Skills for Care and Skills for Health with leading the development of the code and the standards. They are due to submit recommendations to ministers by September 2012 ahead of the creation of a voluntary register for England's adult social care workers during 2013.
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14 November: Personal independence payment - Disability Alliance Factsheet F60 The Disability Alliance has produced a fact sheet on PIP (Personal Independence Payment) planned to replace working age DLA (Disability Living Allowance) from April 2013. It is based on their knowledge to date and will continue to be updated.
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11 November: Council's cuts in care unlawful The families of two autistic men have won a High Court case over cuts to social care by Isle of Wight Council. A judge ruled the council's new eligibility criteria were unlawful and should be quashed by the court. Under the plans only vulnerable adults assessed as critical or at risk of becoming critical would qualify.
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