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Eligibility Changes And Impact On Micro-Entperise Providers


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Simon Taylor

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One local authority area has identified that up to 200 people could face a loss of support as a result of plans from one council to raise its care eligability threshold from 'moderate' to 'substantial'. The proposal would save £160,000 in its first full year of implementationfile:///C:%5CUsers%5CSIMON%7E1.TAY%5CAppData%5CLocal%5CTemp%5Cmsohtmlclip1%5C01%5Cclip_image001.gif and follows consultation, in which 62% of respondents backed the planned raise in threshold on the basis that it would protect services for people with higher-level needs.
www.communitycare.co.uk/Articles/25/07/2012/118400/moderate-clients-to-lose-support-as-council-plans-eligibility-hike.htm

Such news could be repeated in other local authority areas and may impact on funding for people who buy services from micro-enterprise providers. I would be interested in anyone who is experiencing such issues.

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Yes, the case here in Wales is that the eligibility criterion is changing also, however quite a number of people with the LD label! and who have been assessed as moderate needs are accessing the many european occupational/work programmes doing the rounds. We fear that when the programmes finish in the next 12-18 months, these same people will be left with no service as they will be below the new eligibility line.
It is so important that we in the Micro-Enterprise sector, up the anti and create real jobs for this grouping, we have started a Micro Bakery in Pembrokeshire and are aiming to provide 2 employment opportunities for disabled people, we will give it a go.

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The micro-bakery idea sounds a really interesting solution and I agree it may be that local enterprise is a real option for people who struggle to access good support elsewhere or at all. A group in Nottinghamshire run a cafe which offers work experience, training and a range of social and community opportunities. They are now receiving some payment for places and hope to expand this more with formalised training. They are jst about self-sustaining though cafe income mainly due to the volunteers who support them.

It only works because it is run by the people who benefit. It is great that such ideas can develop and the flexibility of micro-enterprises means they can keep afloat with limited resource and much hard work. You must let us know how the bakery develops.




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