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Philip Hammond’s comments take the conversation on disability back 50 years

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In the news this week The Huffington Post reported that Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond implied disabled people are the reason for the ‘sluggish economy’. There has been a backlash from disability organisations and others for this scapegoating. His comments come during Disability History month, a time which celebrates progress in equality for disabled people.

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General E-Newsletter November 2017


Image of Gareth Shephard, Communications AssistantThis will be my last edition of the general e-news. From next month, my colleague David Streeter, Membership & Engagement Officer, will be bringing you the latest updates on health and social care across West Sussex and Hampshire.

Thanks to everyone who’s contacted me with feedback and comments on the e-news over the last few years.

Next year is shaping up to be a busy one for Independent Lives, so make sure you take a look at our Facebook and Twitter pages at the bottom of the e-news, there’s never been a better time to give us a like or a follow.

As always, thanks for reading.
Gareth.

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Lend a Hand Newsletter October 2017

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What’s been happening in Lend a Hand?

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Bus Posters: Back in September we launched 4 bus posters around Worthing; our aim was to recruit some new Support Workers. The bus posters were displayed around Worthing for 2 weeks, and it generated some great contacts, conversations and possible recruits! Huge thanks to Nikki, Luke, Zoe, and Hannah for being our faces of Lend a Hand!

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West Sussex Care accolades: Team member Luke Dummer was nominated for a West Sussex Partners in Care (WSPiC) Accolade, in the Unsung Hero category. He attended the awards on the 10th October and was awarded, runner-up. We are really proud of this recognition and of course Luke!

Save the date: Keep the 7th December free. We will be arranging something for a Christmas get together! More information to follow.

Care Package: Would you like to make any changes to your Care Package? Call Fiona today on 01903 227813.

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General E-Newsletter October 2017


Image of Gareth Shephard, Communications Assistant Figures released earlier this month from the Home Office have shown that hate crime across England and Wales has increased by 29% over the last year.

Perhaps the most sobering part of these statistics was a 53% rise in the amount of disability related hate crimes, although the Government says this is due to more people coming forward and the police doing a better job of recording hate crime, rather than a genuine increase in incidents.

Remember, there’s never an excuse for hate crime. So whether an incident affects you personally, or it’s an event you witness. Make sure you report it, no matter what.

To find out more about hate crime and how to report it, please click here.

Thanks for reading, 
Gareth.  

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