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29 November 2013
29.11.13. Carers Rights Day

Carers Rights Day will be held on Friday, 29.11.2013 
at the Harpur Suite, Bedford 10:00 a.m. to 12:30p.m. 
Registration and refreshments from 9:30am

To book your place, please contact: Anona Hoyle
Phone: (01234) 718345 Email: anona.hoyle@bedford.gov.uk

* Benefit changes and YOU

* Equipment and adaptations that may support you in your caring role

The Equipment Demonstration Centre (located in Centre for Independent Living, Gadsby Street) will be open from 11:00am to 3:00pm providing demonstrations of equipment available.

Programme for day 

Registration and refreshments
Start - Welcome and updates from previous forum (April 2013)
‘Benefits Changes and You’
An opportunity to find out about:
Welfare benefits and some of the changes taking place (will include Carers Allowance, Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Universal Credit)
Social Sector Size Criteria (SSC) – aka ‘the bedroom tax’ and Discretionary Housing Payments
Jenny Harris
Welfare Rights Adviser - Carers in Bedfordshire
James Hurd
Compliance and Quality Officer, Revenues and Benefits – Bedford Borough Council
Question and Answers
Information on equipment that may support you in your caring role
An opportunity to find out about:
Telecare and assistive technology
Community equipment and the Equipment Demonstration area
Representatives from Occupational Therapy and Telecare Team at Bedford Borough Council
Question and Answers
Carers Emergency Plan Scheme
An opportunity to find out about this new scheme
Carers Issues (Hot Topics)
An opportunity to raise any issues
An opportunity to tell us what you thought of today’s Forum

Questions for the guest speakers should be submitted in advance.
Please send questions by email anona.hoyle@bedford.gov.uk or post to Anona Hoyle, Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall – Room 607, Cauldwell Street, Bedford MK42 9AP by 22 November 2013.

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