Ministers have quietly decided to include the supp

first_imgMinisters have quietly decided to include the support needs of working-age disabled people in their new social care green paper, scrapping the idea of having a separate “parallel programme of work” as they try to address the social care funding crisis.The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) previously said it would focus only on older people’s social care in its much-delayed green paper.The decision to include working-age people’s support needs is likely to be welcomed by most disabled people’s organisations, but DHSC is still facing questions over why it reversed its decision at such a late stage and why it has apparently failed to make any effort to co-produce its policy with disabled people and their user-led organisations.There are also still concerns over whether the green paper will side-line the support needs of working-age disabled people when it is eventually published.As recently as last month, a House of Commons Library briefing paper referred to the government’s “parallel process” of work on social care for working-age adults.But a DHSC spokeswoman has now told DNS that the green paper will “cover care and support for adults of all ages (rather than there being a separate workstream)”.When questioned further about this, she said: “We have always planned to consider issues relating to all adults receiving social care.“This will now be taken forward through a single green paper.”She declined to comment when asked why the government had made this decision, but said disabled people and their organisations – and other “interested parties” – would be able to feed in their views in a consultation on the green paper, when it is published.The disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell (pictured), who chairs the Independent Living Strategy Group, told Disability News Service (DNS): “It would have been nice to be informed of this decision to scrap the parallel process by my fellow parliamentarians in the House of Lords, especially as I had asked formally on two occasions for any progress on the ‘parallel process’.“So much for close collaboration with disabled people on matters that concern them directly!”But she welcomed the decision to integrate working-age people into the green paper, which she hoped would be on an equal basis with older people.She said: “This way, disabled people will not be a tag on, or afterthought, but have full green paper status.“This is how it should be and something I said most firmly at the first meeting of ‘stakeholders’ with the ministers for disabled people [Sarah Newton], social care [Caroline Dinenage] and local government [Rishi Sunak].”Baroness Campbell said that this meeting, in February, was the “first and only time” she has been consulted on the government’s social care plans.She was also highly critical of the plans to simply consult disabled people after the green paper has been published, partly because she has been “highly sceptical of any consultation this government has conducted on pretty much any issue recently”.She added: “Whatever happened to the progress we made with governments over the last 20 years on co-production, mutuality and equal involvement from the prototype stage?“Disabled people don’t want to be consulted about policies which will determine the way they live, we want partnerships. Remember: ‘nothing about us, without us!’”The disabled Liberal Democrat peer Baroness [Celia] Thomas, who speaks for her party on disability in the Lords and is also a member of the Independent Living Strategy Group, said there was continuing “despair” over when the green paper would eventually be published.She said the news that working-age disabled people would now be included in the green paper “could be good news [but] it could be bad news” as it could either mean a “breath of fresh air” or signify that working-age disabled people will be “an after-thought”.She added: “Everyone is in the dark.”The news of the government U-turn emerged following a freedom of information request submitted by DNS, which had asked which committees and working groups had been set up as part of the parallel process, and which organisations were represented on them.The department said in its response that “no such committees or formal working groups including stakeholders have been set up” as part of its work on working-age social care.But she said the government had “engaged informally with a number of stake-holders and the insights from this work will inform the social care green paper”.A DHSC spokeswoman declined to say which organisations it had engaged with, but she said: “We are grateful for the input of stakeholders to the work we have done to date and there will be an opportunity for all interested parties to feed in views through the green paper consultation process.”DNS reported in March how the government had failed to set up a single committee involving experts from outside the two departments examining the future of working-age social care – DHSC and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government – nearly four months after the parallel programme of work had been announced.The previous month, ministers had faced criticism after organising a “round table” event on working-age social care without inviting any disabled people’s organisations to attend.The green paper has always been described by ministers as a document that would lay out the government’s proposals for the future funding of older people’s social care, with a separate programme of work looking at the care needs of working-age disabled people.But there have been repeated concerns that the government was failing to make any progress on this parallel process and failing to engage with disabled people and their user-led organisations.The much-delayed green paper is set to be published this autumn. A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Jackie Walkers disciplinary hearing begins today

first_imgJackie Walker’s disciplinary hearing begins today. Over two days, a panel of three members from Labour’s national constitutional committee (NCC) will review the evidence and decide whether the Labour activist and former Momentum vice-chair should be expelled from the party. The outcome of this high-profile case is likely to be seen as a serious test of Labour’s processes, which have been reformed under new general secretary Jennie Formby.After Labour conference, the NCC was more than doubled in size – from 11 to 25 members – with six candidates from the (eventually joint) left slate and seven from the trade union division elected to the top body. NCC panels always consist of three people taken from its membership pool, so the purpose of the expansion was to allow hearings to take place more regularly. This is the only NCC-specific difference so far: other changes being considered – such as scrapping the outdated way that NCC members (who are lay people) are responsible for administrative functions, instead giving such responsibilities to staffers – have not yet been implemented.Nonetheless, those urging Walker’s expulsion will undoubtedly see the result of this hearing as a test and a deal-breaker. Insufficient disciplinary action against her would be “the final straw” for many concerned about Labour’s handling of antisemitism, as one person in that camp put it. LabourList understands that the three members on the Walker panel are NCC chair and Unite activist Anna Dyer; Russell Cartwright, who was accused of bias during Ken Livingstone’s NCC hearing; and the CWU’s Alan Tate. Their judgment will come under heavy scrutiny.It’s worth remembering that Labour is under significant pressure not only from MPs, the media and affiliated groups such as the Jewish Labour Movement, but also individuals and organisations supportive of Walker. She has now been suspended from the party for two years, and has spent this time leading the Labour Against the Witchhunt campaign. A documentary was made about her (which Chris Williamson wanted to screen in parliament) and she isn’t alone in claiming that accusations against her are a “lynching” led by the “Zionist Jewish Labour Movement and their supporters”. There are also staffers who privately agree that the rules are generally unfair – on the accused, who have no right of appeal after the NCC and no help with legal costs.Still, Labour has brought this case against Walker. LabourList understands that the process by which cases are heard basically means that the NCC is the court, the party is the prosecution and the accused is the defendant. Both the prosecution and the defendant can call witnesses (and are doing so this week). If Walker is not expelled, it’s a bit like Labour has lost the case.To those who call on Jeremy Corbyn to personally take it upon himself to expel members, a Labour source says: “Calling on the party to expel any individual is a red herring. The only body with the power to expel is the national constitutional committee, a quasi-judicial body which is entirely independent of the party and the party leadership. The party prosecutes cases against individuals and pushes for cases to be heard as quickly as possible. But the decision is always in the NCC’s hands.”The result of the hearing is expected on Wednesday, possibly Thursday if the NCC panel needs more time. Following the acrimony between Formby and MPs at a recent PLP meeting and many reports concerning the interventions made by compliance unit chief Thomas Gardiner, there is widespread feeling that the process has become personalised and possibly irredeemable. Whatever the final call, there is going to be a lot of anger, with both sides ready to accuse Labour of bias and decide that the system is unjust.Tags:Labour /Jackie Walker /NCC /Labour NCC /last_img read more

SAINTS will get their Super 8s campaign underway

first_imgSAINTS will get their ‘Super 8s’ campaign underway with a trip to Catalans Dragons.They will travel to Perpignan on Saturday August 8 (6pm) before they host Hull FC on Friday August 14.Huddersfield Giants follow at Langtree Park on Thursday August 20.Season Tickets cover all Saints’ home Super 8s fixtures – with Junior Season Ticket Holders both home and away.Fixtures in full:Round 1: Saturday August 8 – Catalan Dragons (A) – 6pmRound 2: Friday August 14 – Hull FC (H) – 8pmRound 3: Thursday August 20 – Huddersfield Giants (H) – 8pmRound 4: Friday September 4 – Leeds Rhinos (A) – 8pmRound 5: Thursday September 10 – Castleford Tigers (A) – 8pmRound 6: Friday September 18 – Wigan Warriors (H) – 8pmRound 7: Friday September 25 – Warrington Wolves (H) – 8pmTickets for the home fixtures are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

Embassy Suites open rooftop bar open in spring

first_img The Embassy Suites says their restaurant, Steam, is now open, along with their full manager’s reception, which is a cocktail event. The indoor pool will open by the 15 and the rooftop bar will be open in the spring. The new hotel in downtown has been accepting guests since December 30th. (Photo: Basil John/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Embassy Suites in Downtown Wilmington is fully operational and has been taking in guests for a few days. Majority of it’s special features are ready for use.The hotel started accepting regular reservations on December 30.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Hoggard High students want message of solidarity action shared during walkout

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –  This week students from several Cape Fear area schools plan to hold a walkout to remember the students killed in Parkland, Florida.We talked to students who are organizing the walkout at Hoggard High School.- Advertisement – Hoggard students, like those in other New Hanover County Schools, will let leave class at 10 A.M. Wednesday to take part in the national event.The walkout will come exactly one month since the Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.“We really want to inspire discussion,” said Hoggard High student and event organizer Johanna Berg.Related Article: School board chair, lawmaker team up for multi-million dollar school expansionWhen Berg heard about schools across the country organizing a seventeen minute walkout to remember the 17 gunned down, she wanted Hoggard to show their support. She’s not alone her sister Kenna also wanted to be a part of it.“You look at the safety issues with having a school with just this layout and stuff and this large, you think, we’re not so different,” said Kenna Berg.Julian Fisher also joined them with one goal in mind for the event.“We want to show solidarity for the victims,” said Fisher. “However, I think we’re trying to start a discussion on campus specifically just about gun rights in this country.”They’re doing most of their promoting online, but news of the walkout is spreading through the hall ways.“This is something that affects our safety, it affects how we feel when we go to school everyday,” said Johanna.Berg says she’s more anxious coming to school now. She wants to open a dialogue so students who have those same fears can go to the school or to the state and be heard.“It’s not just a partisan issue that comes up every once in a while in Congress,” said Fisher. “It really is something that everyone needs to be involved in to some extent.”They’re promoting the walkout on sites like Instagram where they have mentioned the school requesting students return to class within five minutes at the end of the protest.You can find out what other school district’s are doing or not doing in relation to the walkouts here.last_img read more

Kindness came in the form of gift cards for storm victims in

first_img When Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis found out about the donation, he created a list of about 20 people who needed the most help.They got to pick the gift cards out of a box to keep it fair.Pastor Alonza Davis received a gift card. He says he hopes this will help with the recovery effort.Related Article: Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert remains in Brunswick Co. despite improvements“I’ve got two bedrooms messed up, the church, it also got messed up, the top, and also the pastoral office,” Davis said. “It was just totally destroyed.”Irwin Siegelwax with the lions club says they also provided gift cards to Leland residents and plan to start a lions club chapter in Leland in early 2019. Some Navassa residents impacted by Hurricane Florence were given gift cards to help get them back on their feet. (Photo: WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Some Navassa residents impacted by Hurricane Florence were given gift cards to help get them back on their feet.The Brunswick County Lions Club provided $750 dollars worth of Lowe’s Improvement gift cards to Navassa in portions of $25 and $50.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Veteran invites Florence victims to annual Thanksgiving feast

first_img Since then, it has grown each year to become a huge operation, welcoming hundreds of active service members and veterans.“People telling people that they want to pitch in, and then it just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger every year,” said volunteer Matt Wall.O’Brien, who runs a non profit called Veteran Owned Veteran Grown, says he knows the feeling of being away from family during the holidays, and wants everyone to feel at home.Related Article: Here’s where you can recycle your Christmas tree in New Hanover County“They treat us like family, which is awesome. For the Marines that aren’t able to go home to their families, this is home,” said Marine Jose Santiago.The event is usually only open to veterans and active military, but with so many people left with nothing after Hurricane Florence, O’Brien decided to open his doors to the entire community.“You see all their belongings on the side of the road as you come up here on Highway 53, but they’re here today to forget about that for the day,” said O’Brien. “No matter how bad it gets, you’ve always got something to be thankful for. And that’s what we’re trying to show them here.”O’Brien says last year the weather wasn’t great, and they only had about 200 people attend. This year, they tripled that.“Three bus loads of military personnel. And if we have enough food, we’ll do like we did last year and send them all home with to-go boxes to feed the people that couldn’t actually make the trip,” said Wall.“That family feeling, I knew I would have that feeling coming out here with all my fellow Marines,” said Antwan Wordlaw.O’Brien says he couldn’t put on this event without food donations from corporate sponsors like Sysco Foods.He hopes to make it even bigger next year. BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — A Burgaw man whose home was left unlivable by Hurricane Florence didn’t let that stop him from hosting an annual Thanksgiving event for military families.Five years ago, Bill O’Brien and his wife held a thanksgiving dinner for Marines stationed at Camp Lejeune.- Advertisement – last_img read more

PE teacher recognized for connecting with students in and out of class

first_imgROCKY POINT, NC (WWAY) — In the game of floor hockey, there’s no ice or puck, just hockey sticks, a ball and the hardwood.Its just one of many indoor activities physical education teacher Corrina Reece uses to encourage her students to exercise.- Advertisement – A UNCW graduate, Reece has been a PE teacher at Cape Fear Middle School since 2009 but she’s been teaching for much longer.In addition to coaching softball and baseball, Reece constantly reminds her students about the importance of maintaining an active lifestyle.“Just to help kids get from point A to point B in physical education, you can see huge growth from where they come in the beginning of the semester to the end of the semester just by moving their body,” Reece said.Related Article: Pender Co. school administrators take part in ALICE trainingIn addition to teaching physical education, she’s also the school’s health teacher, athletic director and softball coach. So, how does she juggle it all?“It’s easy,” she said. “It’s a lot of work but its all hand-in-hand relevant.”Using heart monitors and pedometers, Reece shows students how to track their heart rate and daily steps. She tries to remind students that any type of exercise, whether its in a group setting or done alone, is vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.“You don’t have to have a group to move your body,” she said. “If they’re an only child or in a neighborhood where there’s not a group, they don’t have to have a basketball goal or nine people to play baseball. There are things they can do themselves to move their body and it can be fun.”Reece gets a lot of personal satisfaction from teaching middle school kids.“The younger ones [and] the ones that are less capable [athletically], they appreciate what you do for them and its fun to watch them grow, watch them get excited about moving and then get excited about PE,” she said.Perhaps, she’s making an even more significant impact on students at the school outside of class.“I reach a lot them in the hallway when I’m on duty, I talk about things outside of school and then it draws them back to you,” she said. “I reach them more outside of my curriculum whether it be coaching or just talking to them. A lot of times when you see them away from school, they really then buy into you like — she really does care about me.”Tyler Pugh is an Appalachian State University student majoring in physical education and health. This fall, he’s been interning at the school and observing how Reece relates with students.“Some kids do not like physical education but she does an excellent job of making it fun and incorporating all kids and meeting the needs of each individual student,” he said. “She’s been a great help to me and a great mentor and I think I can definitely walk away better in the education field because of her.”Because of her commitment to students, WWAY TV and Mattress & Furniture Liquidators is recognizing Reece as this week’s Teacher of the Week. That means she’s also receiving a $100 gift card for inspiring her students to achieve success.“That makes me feel good, I’m excited,” Reece said. “Thank you.”last_img read more

Governor reshapes board amid congressional probe

first_img A three-judge state court panel ruled Thursday to allow the state Board of Elections to dissolve at noon Friday, ahead of a scheduled Jan. 11 evidentiary hearing into the 9th district congressional race. It’s not clear when a new election board could be put in place if the ruling stands.The judicial panel previously found the board’s makeup unconstitutional in a protracted legal battle launched when the Republican-controlled legislature altered the board in 2016 in a power struggle with the Democratic governor. The court had ruled earlier this year to allow the board to remain in place until Friday while it investigates the congressional race. The latest ruling came as lawmakers Thursday enacted a new law to largely restore the board to how it operated before 2016.It’s not clear how quickly North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper could appoint a replacement panel under the new law, which takes effect Jan. 31. A higher court also could intervene to allow the current panel to stay in place until the congressional race is resolved.Related Article: 300 new jobs coming to long-shuttered Navassa plantCooper on Friday started the process of rebuilding the elections board by asking the state Democratic and Republican parties to nominate by the end of the day members he will appoint. Cooper said he plans to appoint five members of the current elections board to serve until the end of next month — beyond the investigation into the congressional race.“All of these members have election law experience and an awareness of the circumstances around the allegations involved in the Ninth Congressional District election. They have all cleared ethics and conflicts checks and new members would require extra time to have that process completed,” Cooper said in his letter to state party heads.But state Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes said the dissolving elections board’s four GOP members “will not accept appointments to an unconstitutional, illegal sham Roy Cooper creation.” Republicans instead will withhold GOP nominees and wait for the version taking effect Jan. 31 that will be composed of three Democrats and two Republicans.The state Elections Board has refused to certify the race between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready while it investigates absentee ballot irregularities in the congressional district stretching from the Charlotte area through several counties to the east.Harris holds a slim lead in unofficial results, but election officials are looking into criminal allegations against an operative hired by the Harris campaign.Harris on Friday asked the elections board to certify him as the winner before it goes out of business so he could be seated in Congress when it convenes next week.The reorganization threatened to delay the Jan. 11 hearing. Lawyers for Harris and McCready had a Monday deadline to submit requests to the elections board for people they wanted to have compelled to appear and testify at next month’s hearing. But if the current elections board is disbanded without a new one to replace it, the board chairman or vice-chair who could issue the requested subpoenas wouldn’t exist.Last week, elections board chairman Josh Malcolm said in an affidavit to the three-judge panel that investigative staffers — who can continue working through any reorganization — had collected more than 182,000 pages of materials in response to 12 subpoenas.The judicial panel’s ruling came the same day the Republican-led General Assembly ended a two-year power struggle with Cooper over elections board control. In 2016, the Legislature voted to upend a law that for a century had given the governor and his or her political party the majority on local and state boards that oversee elections. Cooper sued and eventually won.The legislation passed into law Thursday by overriding Cooper’s veto — issued for other provisions in the bill — largely returns elections, ethics enforcement and lobbyist reporting to how they were before Republican lawmakers changed them on Jan. 31.___Associated Press writer Jonathan Drew contributed to this report. By EMERY P. DALESIO, Associated PressRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina board investigating allegations of ballot fraud in a still-unresolved congressional race prepared to be disbanded Friday under a state court ruling in a protracted legal battle about how the panel operates.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Exceptional childrens teacher helps students with academic goals

first_img Adding and subtracting decimals can be tedious work, but Shallotte Middle School sixth graders are pretty good at it.“I love kids,” teacher Jessica Milligan said. “I always loved kids, even when I was a kid.”A Virginia native, Jessica Milligan earned her teaching degree from UNCW. She’s been teaching seven years.Related Article: Students prep for March STEM competition“The biggest thing is having that relationship with my students, knowing who my kids are, and I know how to incorporate their learning style best,” Milligan said.As an exceptional children’s resource teacher she closely works with 30, sixth-graders with ADHD, autism, or other learning challenges.“I go into the classrooms, and I co-teach with the regular ed teacher,” Milligan said. “I teach all the students in the class, not just the ones that are labeled.”Shallotte Middle School Principal Marie LaBoy says providing customized learning for these students isn’t easy.“She has to know exactly what those kids’ goals are and make sure she’s delivering the service, the extra resources that they need so that they can learn and grow in math, reading and all their subjects, so she really has to study her kids, understand their learning needs, and then figure out how to best target them so they can be successful in school,” LaBoy said.In just two years at the school, Milligan has quickly risen as a leader becoming chair of her department.“It’s not just only her direct services, but the background work of the paperwork and the testing and requirements of the Exceptional Children’s program,” LaBoy said. “She has two children of her own. She’s a young teacher in the profession. That’s the kind of person that we need to stay in education. We need to lift those ladies and gentlemen up so that they can help rise our children up for the future. So she really is an all around, amazing, outstanding young person.”“I’m honored, it feels great. I had no idea,” Milligan said when asked how she felt about being Mattress and Furniture Liquidators’ “Teacher of the Week”. “I really didn’t think in my position, that I’d be nominated. I’m kinda in the background, so I didn’t really think somebody would nominate me, and I think its pretty awesome.”“Even for those teachers that may not have a designated classroom, they feel sometimes as a ghost in the school, a background, so in our school we try to make sure all of our teachers are part of teams they work and plan together and we try to recognize them as much as possible so that they know they’re all superstars for our kids,” LaBoy said.“I just know this is the place where I need to be is with students and families and in the community and this is the best place to serve,” Milligan said.Here’s how to nominate a teacher you know who is making an impact in the classroom. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Each week we receive nominations from viewers about great teachers across the Cape Fear. Recently, we learned about an exceptional children’s teacher who works hard to make sure her students stay on track with their academic goals.WWAY’s Jeff Rivenbark went to Shallotte for this week’s Teacher of the Week.- Advertisement – last_img read more