Category Archives: Smart stuff

Spend to Mend

WHAT DISABILITY?: Spend to mend

After one month on the road, co founder Martyn Sibley has completed his Britain’s Personal Best challenge – rightfully named “What Disability?”. This challenge has brought up to the surface many questions about disability issues; here Martyn shares his views on what could, and should, be changed.

Well guys, we did it! Kasia, Martin and I traversed the UK from John O’Groats to Lands End. I hope you’ve been following the articles on Disability Horizons, the videos on my blog, the flickr photos and social media updates. The planning and executing of this trip was exhausting. However the media and the public really grasped the message that we carried.

I do not want to repeat the magnitude of what a personal challenge this was. This has been documented sufficiently for the Britain’s Personal Best project ( Instead I want to share my reflections on a wider social scale.

I am so passionate about disability issues, I was very sad to see and realise how much more work we have to do in 2013. Disabled people should not need or want for anything relating to their medical condition. Especially things that are so basic. Continue reading Spend to Mend

Massive economic benefits of social care

An indepth, independent study by Deloitte highlights for every £1 spent on services like support in the community, housing & communication, benefits worth an average of £1.30 are accrued to carers & local/central government.

Experts analysed 4 distinct services used by disabled people who need a lower level of care, which is often just a few hours a week.  Totalling up the costs in comparison to the benefits & savings, the returns ranged from 18% to 53%. 

Benefits to the Exchequer, local health & care commissioners at least 30%.

For the report see


Smart stuff – Better Nights improves lives & saves £250,000

Choice Support shows how funding can be used for good services, smart stuff to redesign to make really good use of social care funding.

Better Nights provides evidence of the impact of replacing waking night staff with sleep-in staff & assistive technology in services to people with learning disabilities.

Report authors Professor Roger Ellis, OBE, & Professor David Sines, CBE, identity savings of £256,902 per year, 10 examples of qualitative improvements in people’s lives, all with full consultation. This has the potential to help providers & commissioners design more effective social care.  For full details see the report