The birds

Day 5 and we’ve put together draft papers for the first ‘new NCC’ Board meeting, end of the month. I hope they are all announced and appointed before the day we have set!

I fulfilled a commitment to speak at a Demos event on disability, personal budgets and public services. Charlie Leadbeater, who is writing a forthcoming (April) consumer participation book, We-think, launched his pamphlet on passing budgets over to consumers in public services.

It was genuinely moving to hear people’s stories. One older woman had a care plan that involved a carer getting her up and dressing her each day. But when she set her own care plan, she said “I don’t want to get dressed. I have arthritis and it hurts like hell.” What she really wanted was to be able to see the birds in her garden. The carers had no time to feed them before. Now she stayed in tracksuits or pyjamas, they did. She could see the birds!

Phil Bentley from British Gas rang to say hello, and prices are rising. The energywatch team has been fantastic to watch at work campaigning.

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