We have had to make some tough decisions to help tackle the enormous debt that we inherited from the previous government. I know that people are concerned about the impact this will have on them, this is why the spending review had a number of measures within it designed to support disabled people, such as an extra £2 billion on social care and continued support through the £6 billion Supporting People programme. Local authority contracts with care homes are designed to cover services to meet all of residents assessed needs including any mobility needs. So an individual's care, support and mobility needs should be met by residential care providers from social care funding. Our commitment to increasing the take up of personal budgets in adult social care will give disabled people more choice and control over their services, including accessing transport that suits them. As soon as a person leaves full time care they will get their award if they are still eligible. This government's commitment to protect the people who really need our services and support is clear and has not changed.
Well if you or your organisation have any comments about that we'll be returning to this subject very soon I'm sure.
Now Eric Westbrook is a self-confessed crossword and he wants everyone else to be able to get the fun out of them that he does. To that end a couple of years ago he came on In Touch with news of a crossword he'd designed for people with low vision. But what, I asked him at the time, about totally blind people? There are Braille crosswords of course but as we know many people don't use Braille - what about them? Well Eric took this on the chin and since then he's been searching for the answer.