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Family Carers News Digest

Twice a year, the Home Farm Trust publishes a Family Carers News Digest, which is packed full of information about national and regional developments and debates, and contains a wealth of information about resources available to carers etc. The Summer edition is out and is available free to family carers by emailing a request to: [email protected] , but can be viewed on their website under `Family Carers`.

Work capability assessment consultation

The Department of Work and Pensions have issued a consultation paper on the work capability assessment and how well it is working, visit

Carers issues taken to the last Learning Disability Partnership Board

The issues taken by carers to the last LDPB  on 18th March 2013 are attached. 

Seminar about making a will / Trust fund

Making a will / setting up a Trust Fund for the benefit of a loved one with a learning disability – free seminars for carers on 21st March 2013 in Leeds and York.

The Safe Places Project

The Safe Places project across Kirklees aims to provide a safe environment for people with learning disabilities who may require some additional support when out and about in the community. They are ‘havens’ for people to turn to in busy public places if they need help or reassurance. Safe Places are all buildings that are open to the public such as shops, leisure centres or public buildings.

PIP - Meeting at Waverley Hall with Jackie Codman

A special meeting for carers who want to know more about the change from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payments has been arranged for 11th February 2013. All welcome.

Please see the attached document for full details.

Direct payments – a guide written by carers for carers

Following the success of the Carers Guide to assessment, and in response to regular concerns about the ground-rules for direct payments, a small group of carers have prepared a 'Guide to Direct Payments' which is now complete and which is available on this website and in written form from Maureen Connor.

Carers issues taken to the last LD Partnership Board on 19th November 2012

The carers issues presented to the last LD Partnership Board (which was a review of the year) are attached.

E-petition about carers allowance and state pension

Two local carers, David Mills Daniel and Jennifer Daniel, have set up a national e-petition about carers allowance and the state pension. The wording of the petition is as follows :

‘We regard as unfair and unacceptable the current position whereby carers become ineligible for carer’s allowance once they are in receipt of state pension. It is not as if caring responsibilities cease as a result of payment of state pension.

Expiry of National Concessionary Travel Scheme passes on 31 March 2013

As part of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme there are a number of bus passes for disabled people which will expire in March 2013. Metro is keen to raise awareness as early as possible to those concessionary bus pass holders in West Yorkshire who might be affected by this.

The quickest and easiest way to renew passes is online at The process takes a few minutes to complete and passes are currently being posted out to home address within 7-10 days.


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