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Growing funding crisis in local government threatens public services

18 Jan 2015: A growing funding crisis in local government is threatening the future of local public services in England.
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New film with the Daily Mirror: Save the Independent Living Fund #SaveILF

22 Oct 2014: Today at 12.30pm, there is a vigil to support disabled people who are fighting the government in court for the Independent Living Fund. Watch our film and join the vigil at the Royal Courts of Justice.
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DWP Unspun - a new website from False Economy

14 Jul 2014: Everything the government doesn't want you to know about work and benefits.
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UK Government breaches international human rights law in treatment of disabled people

8 Jul 2014: A report published this week finds the UK government in breach of its legal obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the human rights of disabled people.
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New legal challenge to government’s decision to close the Independent Living Fund

9 Jun 2014: Last year, the government tried to close the Independent Living Fund. The court of appeal overturned that decision. The government is trying again - so disabled people are going back to court.
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Barnet careworkers in their own words: how a 9.5% pay cut will destroy services

13 Apr 2014: Your Choice Barnet, the company which run care services for disabled adults for Barnet Council, cuts careworkers' wages by 9.5%.
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“A future without the ILF is terrifying:” government’s new attack on the Independent Living Fund

7 Mar 2014: "To callously strip disabled people of their most basic freedoms cannot by any reasonable person be considered a promotion of equality."
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Hospital closure clause: the toxic addition to the Care Bill

3 Mar 2014: Email your MP now and help spread the word about this threat to our local NHS hospitals.
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An important survey on the social care system

14 Feb 2014: Carerwatch is running an important survey on people's experiences of the care system, which is under real attack as austerity cuts continue.
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Who benefits from benefits? A very good post from Sue Marsh

9 Jan 2014: Benefits and social security are extremely important and must be defended. This post, which is from Sue Marsh's site, gives very good insight into this.
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Campaign launched against employer which refuses to pay careworkers minimum wage

20 Dec 2013: Low paid staff have very bad working conditions - zero hours contracts, no travel time paid - while boss has luxury boats and cars.
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#CareBill: this film shows the daily reality of a severely disabled person’s care

16 Dec 2013: Over 24 hours, Mary shows what round-the-clock care looks like. Mary needs carers to cook for her, feed her, shower her and to take her to the toilet.
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Mirror, False Economy and Moore Lavan film on saving the Independent Living Fund

27 Nov 2013: "This is how I became disabled and this is what the care I need actually looks like each day."
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Great victory last week - but the fight for independent living for disabled people must continue

14 Nov 2013: Statement from Independent Living Fund recipients: disabled people of all ages must have the right to live in the community with the personal assistance and professional services they need.
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Vigil to save the Independent Living Fund

13 Oct 2013: On Monday October 14, join Disabled People Against Cuts in support of disabled claimants challenging the government’s consultation on the closure of the Independent Living Fund.
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Not getting adequate care: case studies

7 Oct 2013: We've spoken to many people who have struggled to find adequate care for themselves, or their family members. We're publishing some of the case studies that we made with those people here.
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Councils using zero hours, casual staff and the work programme

15 Sep 2013: Numbers from councils and working arrangements that make employment and wages insecure.
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Independent Living Fund recipient interviews in the Mirror today

1 May 2013: The videos on this page are interviews we made with people who are affected by the government’s atrocious recent decision to close the Independent Living Fund.
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Public meeting to bring Your Choice Barnet back inhouse

10 Apr 2013: Barnet Alliance for Public Services calls on Barnet Council to bring services for adults with disabilities back inhouse after its Your Choice "support services" company runs into financial trouble.
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After their court action this week, Barnet residents march for public services

23 Mar 2013: Barnet residents, campaigners and their many supporters march today in defence of public services and against cuts and the One Barnet outsourcing programme.
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Vigil to support legal challenge against Barnet council privatisation

18 Mar 2013: Starting with a vigil tomorrow, there's a week of action against privatisation in Barnet.
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Independent Living Fund users deserve respect, not contempt

17 Mar 2013: Stuart Bracking on the reasons why people with severe disabilities must continue to be supported in independent living.
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One Barnet - worst fears about outsourcing are being realised

10 Mar 2013: Barnet Unison branch secretary John Burgess on the effects of outsourcing in Barnet as jobs are cut and low-paid careworkers bear the brunt of privatisation ideology.
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ILF closure and the levels of care support disabled people with high support needs can expect

5 Mar 2013: How the closure of the Independent Living Fund puts the problems of council care funding into sharp focus
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More from disabled people on the closure of the Independent Living Fund

4 Mar 2013: More testimonies from people who will lose much-needed carer hours if the ILF closes.
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Your Choice? Bad choice: care services to take another hit at Barnet

3 Mar 2013: Barnet slashes careworker jobs and salaries: the real stories behind the provision of care to people who desperately need it.
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What the closure of the Independent Living Fund means to disabled people

1 Mar 2013: ILF receipients explain why people with severe disabilities require extra care funding and what the loss of that funding will mean.
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Discussions with people affected by the closure of the Independent Living fund

6 Feb 2013: The social care crisis will not be improved by the government's decision to close a fund for people with complex care needs.
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How the homecare “system” fails people who use it and work in it

29 Jan 2013: In a new Unison report, homecare workers talk about the many failings of the current system.
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Will Labour protect disabled people? Pat’s Petition goes to Westminster to find out

21 Jan 2013: Help lobby for a cumulative impact assessment of the effects of cuts on disabled people and carers.
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Have you signed the WOW petition? Nearly 8000 signatures already!

28 Dec 2012: Calling for a cumulative impact assessment of welfare "reform" and a new deal for sick and disabled people based on needs.
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We’re making a list: council budget and service cuts 2013-2014 and beyond

21 Nov 2012: We're collating information about council budget, service and jobs cuts around the country. Add yours too.
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The Billion Pound Gamble - new film about cuts and privatisation in Barnet

5 Oct 2012: Come to the premier of a brand new film about life in Barnet as the council moves towards a mass-outsourcing project.
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There’s still time to sign Pat’s petition against cuts to benefits and services

27 Sep 2012: Now with nearly 50,000 signatures, Pat's petition calls for a review of the impact of welfare changes.
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Have you signed Pat’s petition?

29 Aug 2012: As protests against Atos continue - sign Pat Onions' petition against cuts to benefits and services for people with disabilities
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Our new section: Everything you wanted to know about care and benefit cuts but were afraid to ask

24 Aug 2012: An at-a-glance guide to cuts and changes to care services and benefits
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Factsheet: cuts and changes to social care and disability benefits

14 Aug 2012: At-a-glance information about obtaining care services, Disability Living Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance
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Drastic cuts to mental health services

12 Aug 2012: Repost of some of our FOI data: cuts to mental health groups and services around the country.
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Help us create a factsheet on social care and welfare “reforms”

24 Jul 2012: We want to create short factsheets for at-a-glance information on care and social security changes.
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The disproportionate effects of service cuts on older women

19 Jul 2012: A new report challenges the myth that pensioners are ‘getting off lightly’ with spending cuts.
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Councils’ lack of cash hits 7,000 elderly and disabled people

8 Jul 2012: Our FOI research into social care cuts is in the Independent today.
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Women in unions map cuts across the country

18 Jun 2012: More evidence of the disproportionate impact on women of cuts to jobs, public services, and welfare
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New campaign and NHS structure guides on False Economy

10 May 2012: Fight privatisation. Influence the NHS. We have new campaign guides to help you.
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NHS and social care cuts - False Economy updates

24 Apr 2012: An update on some of the cuts information we've entered into the site recently.
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Video: why we need the NHS and why we need DLA

12 Apr 2012: More service users talk about the NHS, care, failing Atos assessments and welfare reform changes
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The ongoing fight for care

21 Mar 2012: As the cuts bite, people with disabilities face challenges to stay in their own homes.
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The chaos for families caught in care cuts

13 Mar 2012: The first in our series of interviews with those dealing first-hand with swingeing cuts to benefits and local services.
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Three ways out of the NHS bill for the government

12 Mar 2012: How the government can step back.
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Birmingham council to decide cuts

28 Feb 2012: Birmingham City Council to vote through £100m in cuts. Here's what we won and what we're losing.
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Sign Pat’s petition against cuts to disability services

6 Dec 2011: Pat Onion, who is both disabled and her husband's carer, explains why she launched her petition
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Don’t be old, don’t be ill: one year of council cuts

25 Nov 2011: Kate Belgrave surveys a year of council cuts that have often hit society's most vulnerable
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Photo essay: Barnet’s disastrous privatisation of elderly care

18 Oct 2011: How low-paid careworkers fought for decent conditions and a better service.
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Health reforms place even greater burden on an inspection regime that can’t cope

12 Jul 2011: The government claims its inspectors will make sure "qualified providers" of healthcare really are qualified. But even now the system is struggling to cope.
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Instead of fixing social care, Lansley broke the NHS

7 Jul 2011: Social care in England is broken – and the Health Secretary has delayed every opportunity to fix it
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Lansley’s plans increase the risk of a Southern Cross-style crisis in the NHS

2 Jun 2011: One leading healthcare provider has worrying parallels with the struggling care homes company
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