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Farewell National Assistance Act

The Small Places

The National Assistance Act 1948 is dead, long live the Care Act 2014.  Today, the adult social care provisions of the Care Act come into force, 66 years after the National Assistance Act 1948 laid the foundations of modern adult social care.  The last of the great post-war Beveridge Statutes will pass out of law.

By the twenty first century the 1948 Act was showing its age.  The language it used to described social care users was outdated and stigmatising.  It contained highly paternalistic elements thought to violate human rights standards.  And over the ensuing 66 years since it was passed it had been amended and supplemented by, in the words of the Law Commission, ‘a confusing patchwork of conflicting statutes’, resulting in an area of law notorious for its ‘tortuous complexity’.  It had had its day.

But as we enter a new Care Act age, let’s not forget what the National Assistance Act represented.  It…

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his is a fabulous piece by Lucy Small – @thesmallplaces – exploring looping and how people “become” or are expected to become the labels attributed to them. Many people living with dementia are labelled. I hear of “wanderers” , “screamers”, “double handers” , “softs”(people who manage with a soft diet). By using labels as the primary reference point for a person we diminish them to difference and ultimately indifference . That otherness, created through difference, can foster an environment where the person is seen as less than equal. In such settings, poor care, and sometimes ultimately abuse ,can happen (Tan)

The Small Places

I live in Bristol, and work in Cardiff, so I spend a lot of time on buses and trains, and whilst I’m pretty efficient at working on buses and trains I’ve always hated that ‘waiting around’ time at stations and stops… until I discovered podcasts.  Like millions of others, I got hooked on Serial and the Moth, and now I think I may have a new favourite: Invisibilia.  Produced by NPR (like Serial), Invisibilia ‘is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions’.  Sounds a bit… weird?  If you do nothing else this weekend, listen to Batman, it’s first episode (sent to me by Alison R – thanks Alison!).  Listen to it whilst you’re washing up, driving somewhere, running on a treadmill.  And if listening isn’t the medium for you, there’s a transcript.

Batman opens with a discussion of an incredible experiment by

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Loneliness is shutting the door with nowhere to go…..

Philipa at Changepeople

Depressed_womanLoneliness is shutting the door with nowhere to go. I like meeting other people with learning disabilities. It’s dead hard, when you go home, you go into your personal world. I live on an estate. Shouting outside wakes me up from my sleep. I live in a very rough area. Not meeting other people means we get lonely. Sometimes I get lonely. At weekends, there’s not a lot to do, not a lot of friends where I live. We can be isolated. We don’t go out much at night time because we’re scared in case we get attacked. It’s harder if you have a learning disability because people make fun of us, like calling us names like ‘spastic’. It’s horrible when this happens. I feel like I’m knotted up inside. I feel like if I shout back it’ll get worse so I have to carry on walking and be very…

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