Please also see related information in the sections:
- Personal Assistants (PAs), Carers and Home Care
- Practical Support, Finances, Benefits, and Employment
Government information for current and prospective students covers how accommodation, travel and financial support, further and higher education and vocational training are affected by coronavirus
Disability Rights UK have published Disabled Student FAQs.
Guidance for Local Authorities on how to apply the Emergency Coronavirus Bill (24th March 2020) in practice, is detailed in the Care Act Easement Guidance for Local Authorities. It effectively suspends many of the duties in the Care Act, meaning that there will be no assessments, care plans or reviews at this time. However, the sections of the Care Act which are excluded from this suspension mean that your Personal Budget should continue and you should still be involved in decisions about your care package.
A list of FAQs about the changes to social care, with answers from the Minister of State for Social Care, the Social Care Institute for Excellence and NHS England are published here.
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman provide a free service. They look at individual complaints about councils and adult social care providers in a fair and independent way.
Many people and disability charities have expressed concerns about the long term implications of emergency changes to social care, as this BBC news clip illustrates.
Disability charities are working to get more clarity and reassurance on these issues - find out more. The Care and Support Alliance is leading the charge on concerns and inviting you to contact them if you are aware of anyone who has SMA or cares for someone who has SMA who appears to be being placed at risk, and / or of processes which do not take into account the views of users and families, that lack transparency, or that seem otherwise unfair. Please let us know or contact the alliance directly: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Muscular Dystrophy UK have responded here.
CASCAIDr (Centre for Adults’ Social Care – Advice, Information and Dispute Resolution) explain that ‘Notification’ of cuts, by post or telephone, is not ‘involvement’ and won’t be enough to comply with the ongoing duty of Local Authorities to involve people in decisions about their care packages.
NHS Continuing Health Care
Provisions in the Coronavirus Act 2020 allow NHS bodies to postpone NHS CHC assessments until the end of the emergency period. The organisation Beacon explains what the changes mean for families who are in, or may be entering, the CHC system - find out more.