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New report from NATís independent review of the AIDS Support Grant

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Joe Murray
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New report from NATís independent review of the AIDS Support Grant
Posted on: August 14 2009, 12:40 pm

NAT (National AIDS Trust) announced this week the findings from its independent review of the AIDS Support Grant. The review found that the AIDS Support Grant remains an important source of social care funding for HIV. The findings showed that services, including counseling, peer support, staff training, support for carers and respite care, may not continue if the Grant was no longer ring-fenced. The review also identified a number of areas for improvement. Download the report AIDS Support Grant: Making a Difference? at http://www.nat.org.uk/Our-thinking/Every-day-issues/Treatment-care-and-support.aspx.
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john@tcell.org.uk
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Re: New report from NATís independent review of the AIDS Support Grant
Reply #1 on: August 14 2009, 02:31 pm

The link quoted is "broken" if you want to download the report it can be found here

http://www.nat.org.uk/Media%20library/Files/Policy/Poverty%20and%20Social%20Disadvantage/AIDS%20Support%20Grant%20NAT%20review%2011%20August%202009-1.pdf
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kevinkelleher
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Re: New report from NATís independent review of the AIDS Support Grant
Reply #2 on: August 14 2009, 03:30 pm

Following the publishation of NAT report, I have taken the action to highlight this with the Care Quality Commission and have been advised this will be sent to there review team and local area managers which carry out the inspections and access the local authority.

Details of those who receive home care and residental support and more information can be found at http://benefits.tcell.org.uk/forums/aidshiv-support-grant-local-authority
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kevinkelleher
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Reply #3 on: August 18 2009, 06:23 pm

I should also add to this comment that on a personnel note that this matter is being looked into and reviewed by The Equality Human Rights Commission in relation to the London Borough of Islington, I have also spoken too and emailed the Care Quality Commission and have been informed that they would forward the National AIDS Trust report onto the local CQC area managers and the internal review team.

As there is no national or local framework and directive, this report just confirms and raises serious issues both on local spending levels and upon the different local authorities approach.

From the freedom of information requests made to the London Boroughís of Camden, Islington, Hackney and Haringey, we know that not all boroughs match the department of health AIDS support grant and this raises a post code lottery of funding depending on where you live!

I have therefore taken the action to email The Local Government Ombudsman, The Local Government Association, The Mayor of London, The London Councils and the Pan London HIV Consortium providing them with the link to the National AIDS Trust report for them to action! http://benefits.tcell.org.uk/forums/aidshiv-support-grant-local-authority

I ask this forum to discuss and report who should now implement, discuss and look at consolidating a framework that support people with the same levels of funding per borough/per person and formulate future approach to care, support and services to those affected with HIV/AIDS? 

I am informed that The National AIDS Trust will be distributing their report to all of the local authorities that participated with the survey. From my previous comment there are a total of 416 local authorities within the UK and ask what can be done to review and advise them?
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kevinkelleher
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Re: New report from NATís independent review of the AIDS Support Grant
Reply #4 on: August 23 2009, 01:47 pm

To add to this note about 60% of the people listed upon http://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/committees/members/health.htm have been emailed and have asked a contact at London Councils to email the remaining others not mentioned. I have also asked that as Children & Young forum be included as they are a group of people affected with HIV/AIDS and asked if they could forward internally the NAT report, Sigma Research and the JRF Foundation.

I have also taken the action to advise the London Councils members of the reports issues by Sigma Research and The Joseph Rowntree Foundation. These can be found at http://www.sigmaresearch.org.uk/go.php/reports/report2009e/ and http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/disabled-peoples-costs-living and http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications
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