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Modernising the Supplementary Benefit system

Social Security have announced the first phase of their plans to modernise the Supplementary Benefit system. There are over 700 injured, ill or disabled islanders relying on the Supp Ben safety net so this is an issue very much of relevance. You can find out more by

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Potential funding for charities from Social Security

Organisations within the voluntary and charitable sector could be given grants for projects Social Security thinks would aid the departments work under proposals to go before the States early next year. The suggestion will be included within Social Security’s review of the supplementary benefit system. Deputy Chief

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Amendment is lost, but delays are in doubt

HSSD’s bid to have £1.35m of its lost budget reinstated was lost by 18 votes to 29 in the Assembly yesterday. At the time, we assumed that meant that delays to the adult learning disability respite care project would now be implemented. But it seems that is

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Improvements to respite care under threat

It seems that getting something through the States just isn’t enough anymore. As reported in Saturday’s Press, HSSD is threatening to postpone the introduction of the Adult Learning Disability Respite Care project until 2013, if not beyond. This project was intended to create a new two-bedded adult

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Two-thirds avoid disabled people

Nearly two-thirds (65%) of people have admitted they avoid disabled people because they don’t know how to act around them, according to new research sponsored by BT. To hear Aindre Reece-Sheerin’s reaction to the BT research into attitudes towards disabled people on BBC Guernsey this morning, click

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Welcome Emilie, new Disability Officer

Emilie Yerby has just been appointed as the second Disability and Equalities Officer. She is taking over from Emma Jones, who has moved on to another post within the Civil Service, and will be responsible for writing the Disability Strategy. Emilie is fairly new to the States.

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Guernsey businesses support GDA

A big thank you to members of the Chamber of Commerce who raised £3,177 for the Guernsey Disability Alliance at their Annual Dinner last week. The event at the St Pierre Park Hotel was a sell out, with more than 330 people attending.    

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Press coverage of Dave’s Memorial

From the Guernsey Press, Saturday 12th November: Dave’s work for disabled people is recognised. A memorial stone plaque celebrating the work of disability campaigner Dave Purdy was unveiled yesterday. Crowds gathered at the access ramp to Market Square where the memorial stone was placed.  Mr Purdy was

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Bailiff unveils memorial stone to Dave Purdy

Although there were a few spots of rain, that didn’t stop a large crowd of Dave Purdy’s friends and family gathering at the Market Square Ramp to watch the Bailiff unveil a memorial stone in Dave’s honour on Friday 11th November. For photos of the event, go

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Dave Purdy honoured with Community Award

Wonderful news! Dave Purdy was posthumously awarded the Special Award at the Community Awards at St James this evening. This award “recognises something or someone extraordinary. It is not always awarded and is at the judges’ discretion”. Congratulations too to two GDA members – the Guernsey Cheshire

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