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News on Pensions

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From October this year, new rules around workplace pensions come into force. This means that all employers – however small – will have to provide pensions for their workers.  Small employers will start to be affected in 2015. Brian Button from Active Independence wrote to Steve Webb MP (the Government Minister for Pensions) to clarify […]

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Personal Health Budgets Paper

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The Department of Health has produced a discussion paper on Personal Health Budgets for people receiving NHS continuing Healthcare. This paper is the first of a number of documents on the subject. Personal health budget are currently being piloted in a number of areas in England, Doncaster being one of them, and some members of […]

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Supporting Age UK’s “Care in Crisis” Campaign

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Age UK has produced a report about the crisis in funding for the care and support of Disabled and older people. They show that spending for this year is over half £1 billion short of what is needed to maintain current services but as the numbers of older people increase this funding gap will only […]

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£20 Million Grant Announced

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The government has recently announced £20 million additional funding for the Disabled Facilities Grant in England. The Department for Communities and Local Government will soon be telling each individual local authority how much they will be allocated. The Disabled Facilities Grant was protected from the cuts in public spending and additional funding is now being […]