A Yorkshire-based disability charity which last year celebrated its 75th anniversary is being consulted as part of the Government’s care funding reforms.
The Department of Health is currently reviewing the way care and support is funded in the UK, and as part of this review is visiting a number of areas of the country to talk to key stakeholders.
As part of this, charity and care provider, Disability Action Yorkshire, hosted a focus group attended by Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb MP, at its care home on Harrogate’s Claro Road.
The charity aims to empower disabled people to live the lifestyle of their choosing by providing a range of high quality services which support disabled people.
Jackie Snape, Disability Action Yorkshire chief executive, said:
The fact that Mr Lamb and the Department of Health is consulting on the issue of care and support funding shows that they have the recognised problems with the current system.
It is encouraging to see them talk to real people that are affected by these issues as part of their review, and we were more than happy to help them to do that.
They particularly wanted to get the views of working age adults, so we pulled together a group of people that use our services, including service users of our Claro Road home and learners from training services as well as other disabled people who are more independent.
The focus group went well, people told the Minister what they need from services and he listened.
I think he went away understanding a bit more about the issues faced by disabled people and we hope that he takes this into account when finalising the upcoming bill.
Photography: Care And Support Minister, Norman Lamb MP (second from right) speaking with service users at Disability Action Yorkshire’s Harrogate care home.