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Written by Mark Lawrence

Heidi Allen MP has welcomed legislation to improve accessibility for elderly and disabled people in new housing developments.

Heidi Allen has welcomed the decision to keep her amendment in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill, which was passed unanimously.

In December 2016, Heidi Allen, MP for South Cambridgeshire, tabled an amendment to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill.

The amendment required local planning authorities to “consider” the needs of elderly and disabled people when identifying strategic priorities for the development and use of their land.

During debate in the House of Commons, housing minister Gavin Barwell agreed to work with Mrs Allen to secure this amendment at its next stage in the House of Lords.

Since December, Mrs Allen has met with the minister, peers and charities repeatedly to ensure that the new amendment reflected her original intention.

After careful consideration, Lord Bourne tabled an amendment calling on the secretary of state to produce guidance in the National Planning Policy Framework which would require local authorities’ planning documents to consider the needs of elderly and disabled people in their communities.

The Bill will now go on to receive Royal Assent later this week.

Speaking in support of this amendment, Barwell, thanked Mrs Allen for helping the government achieve their wider policy aims by easing pressure on the social care sector.

He added it also supporting disability employment through ensuring people have the opportunity to live independently.

As this amendment progressed through the House of Lords, not only did it continue to receive support from charities such as Age UK, Habinteg and Papworth Trust, it also received wide cross party support, both in the House of Lords and the Commons.

Commenting, Heidi said: “I am absolutely delighted my amendment has now passed into law and would like to extend my personal thanks to the housing minister for his tireless work in achieving this.

“I have been a passionate advocate of ensuring equality for disabled people, so this amendment represents a huge step forward. Improving the accessibility of housing is of critical importance not just for the disabled community but also our ageing population.

“I am proud of what we have achieved together and I look forward to working further with the minister to ensure the guidance produced in the National Planning Policy Framework continues to reflect the spirit of our ambitions.”

Click here to read the story on the 24housing website

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This page provides information on the Housing LIN Extra Care Housing Annual Conference 2017 – London.

It contains all presentation slides and documents.

Click here to view the web page

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This booklet provides information for families of people with learning disabilitiesabout the scope and process of NHS continuing healthcare, together with possible implications and questions they may want to ask.

Click here to download the booklet

A Guide to UK-based Free Mental Health Helplines by Cassiobury Court.

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Free resource - Saga Care Funding Advice Service - Essential Facts (click to download pdf)

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Friday, 29 January 2016 09:23

Care Funding - Request a Guide

An active and secure retirement is something we like to think we're all entitled to and we find it hard to imagine a time beyond that, when we may need care from other people. What's more, many people do not realise they may need to fund the care themselves.

This guide will introduce you to the major issues surrounding long term care and some of the options available.

Link to a form to fill in to enable you to download the guide (opens in new window)

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From the NICE website:

This guideline covers planning and delivering social care and support for older people who have multiple long-term conditions. It promotes an integrated and person-centred approach to delivering effective health and social care services.

The Care Quality Commission uses NICE guidelines as evidence to inform the inspection process.


The guideline includes recommendations on:

Who is it for?

  • Health and social care practitioners
  • Providers of care and support in health and social care services
  • Older people with social care needs and multiple long-term conditions (including both physical and mental health conditions), and their carers.

Commissioners should ensure any service specifications take into account the recommendations in this guideline.


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Free resource - Living well through activity in care homes: the toolkit (opens in a new window) . Visit the link to get free downloadable guides and information.

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Thursday, 06 August 2015 08:23

Kay Caldwell

I have worked in social housing for thirty years and am currently housing director for an Essex housing association. In the past  I have also been a voluntary board member on two housing association boards. My aim is to provide the right homes for the right people in the right places.  This sounds simple but it gets complicated  when people who don't understand how social housing works get involved (this includes some people who work in social care and health settings).   I have found solutions for some challenging housing circumstances experienced by people with both physical and learning disabilities.  I have lots of experience in housing for older people too.  So if you need some advice on housing options for people who need a bit of help to live independently in general needs housing I may be able to help.  At the very least I will be able to give you an insight into what housing bods like me need to know about your needs and circumstances in order to help you meet your housing needs.


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Tuesday, 14 July 2015 17:02

Jane Byford

Jane Byford has worked all her working life in the care sector. She started in residential and nursing care and eventually qualified as a manager with a registered 5 qualification with Ling Trust. Since those days she has been one of the major hands on managers with many people coming out of assessment and treatment units, providing hands on help and support and getting people back into the community. Jane is highly respected by many of the people who receive services, professional practitioners and families/carers as a very knowledgeable and practical " doer" with a passion to see people receiving the most effective and genuinely person centred services.

Jane lives in Colchester in Essex. Her own family situation has taught her the values of good care and support. Jane is passionate about her work and will assist you on line in anyway that she can. She may also be able to offer some telephone advice. 


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