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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 

09:30
Registration and refreshments
10:00
Start - Welcome and updates from previous forum (April 2013)
10:15
‘Benefits Changes and You’
An opportunity to find out about:
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Welfare benefits and some of the changes taking place (will include Carers Allowance, Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Universal Credit)
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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
10:45
Question and Answers
11:05
Information on equipment that may support you in your caring role
An opportunity to find out about:
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Telecare and assistive technology
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Community equipment and the Equipment Demonstration area
Representatives from Occupational Therapy and Telecare Team at Bedford Borough Council
11:20
Question and Answers
11:40
Carers Emergency Plan Scheme
An opportunity to find out about this new scheme
11:50
Carers Issues (Hot Topics)
An opportunity to raise any issues
12:15
Feedback
An opportunity to tell us what you thought of today’s Forum
12.30
Finish

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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