Thursday, 27 February 2014
Previously you could not claim a reduction as a carer for your child age 18 or over unless they were in receipt of higher rate care component DLA. This has now been changed to middle or higher rate DLA so please contact your council if this applies to you. It can be backdated.
If they query this, please tell them to look at the Statutory Instrument 2013/725 -The Council Tax (Additional Provisions for Discount Disregards) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2013.
This also applies to those caring for someone in receipt of the lower rate Attendance Allowance or the daily living component of PIP.
Friday, 14 February 2014
Dr Hywel Francis, Chair Down's syndrome All Parliamentary Group has tabled an Early Day Motion.
We now need you to invite your MP to sign EDM1073 to help promote this year's campaign for Better Health Care for People with Down's syndrome.
As a member of your constituency I would like to draw your attention to the new EDM 1073 tabled by Dr Hywel Francis in support of Down's Syndrome Awareness Week and World Down Syndrome Day, focusing on better health care for people with Down's syndrome. I thank you in advance for your support.
(Add your name)
This is what the Early Day Motion is asking -
That this House supports the campaign Better Health Care for People with Down's syndrome mounted by the UK charity Down's Syndrome Association (DSA) to ensure that people with Down's syndrome receive regular and effective health surveillance; acknowledges that Down's syndrome is the most frequently recognised cause of
learning disability; notes that people with Down's syndrome have specific health needs; welcomes the launch of the DSA Health Book during Down's Syndrome Awareness Week (17 to 23 March); celebrates World Down Syndrome Day which takes place on 21 March and focuses on Health and Wellbeing—Access and Equality for
All; and welcomes the Parliamentary Reception to be held on 18 March in the Churchill Dining Room when there will be an opportunity to hear about the DSA Health Book, and to meet parent members including Patron Damon Hill OBE.
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Dr Francis said,
Down's Syndrome is the most frequently recognised cause of disability. Regular and effective health checks are important in improving the quality of life of so many people with Down's Syndrome.'
Photo Caption: Dr Hywel Francis MP and Sheila Heslam of the Down's Syndrome Association with proofs of the Health Book to be launched in Parliament on 18 March 2014.
Find out more about Awareness Week and how you can get involved
Monday, 10 February 2014
Professor Jeremy Turk will be talking about the use of medication in managing behaviour.
Professor Turk is Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust's Behavioural Phenotype Learning Disabilities Service, and a Professor of Development Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry.
To find out about meetings later in the year, visit our Dual Diagnosis page.