November in Rightful Lives

November Headlines from Rightful Lives:

* Baroness Hollins led report into the practice of using solitary confinement for people with autism and/or learning disabilities published and debated in Commons & House of Lords. A less than lukewarm government response.

* The Priory Group are facing 2 charges of criminal charges after CQC reported failures to reduce harm that led to the death of Matthew Caseby.

* Jury Inquest begins into the death of Jessie Eastland Seares at Mill Hill hospital in Hove. George Julian reporting daily.

* Psychiatrists record their reservations of proposed changes to the Mental Health Act. Concerns published in National Journal.

*MP tweets of her pleasure that planning application for residential home for people with learning disabilities has been refused due to noise concerns and that the character of the area would change.

* Written and directed by Stephen Unwin, the play “Laughing Boy” about Connor Sparrowhawk opens in London in May 2024.

* Bristol Council propose a “fair & affordable care policy” where people could be moved from their home into institutional care if it is cheaper. Lucy Series’ research shows no evidence was produced to support this policy.

*The Fabian Society propose that the right to independent living becomes a secured Right in the HRA. In related news, the government make their usual pre election promise that if elected, they will review the Human Rights Act.

*Autism Alliance launch their ‘Breaking Point’ campaign.

October 2023 in Rightful Lives

* “It takes every ounce of will and energy to visit my beloved daughter now. ‘Please take me home’ is her plea at every visit.”

* Lancashire Council ordered by court to pay learning disabled man £355,000 after judge ruled man had been unlawfully deprived of his liberty in a care home for 7 years.

*Human Rights Watch is visiting UK to collect evidence of institutional abuse of disabled people.


* “My son is currently in a seclusion room and has been for 3 months.”



*Access Social Care launches crowdfunder for litigation on transparency and accountability around funding for adult social care.

*My Life My Choice launches a self-advocacy network aimed at getting people with a learning disability out of secure hospitals and into appropriate housing in their communities.