At June’s meeting we should have had 2 guest speakers but due to unforeseen circumstances they were both unable to attend our meeting, this has happened the last 2 meetings, hopefully it will not happen again, but unfortunately these cancellations are out of my control.
There is to be a meeting on Friday 5th July at 1pm at Vine Street, Widnes for all HALDS members and guests, Derek Twigg is coming along to speak to us about people with learning disabilities being called for re-assessment when on incapacity benefit or income support. This will be happening to all your cared fors sometime in the future, so please try and come along to this meeting to voice your concern. We are also going to be asking Derek to act on our behalf at the job centres as if people with learning disabilities lose their benefits and have to attend back to work courses, we need to know what support there is in place.
Irene Bramwell from Healthwatch is coming along to our next meeting to give us an update on the changes taking place within the NHS and CCG.