News on travel and important social care debate

This is from Scope’s news searched. very interesting articles yesterday –

Accessibility improvements for travel booking websites The Independent.

US travelers with specific accessibility requirements can now state them whilst launching a new search of the 15,000 hotels with published accessibility options. Examples of featured services include accessibility equipment for the deaf, accessible bathrooms, accessible paths of travel, Braille or raised signage, in-room accessibility or a roll-in shower.

Jet deaf ordeal The Daily Mirror.

A deaf woman has blasted easyJet for refusing to let her on a flight until she proved she had a hearing disability. Lesley Stewart, 49, had to show her hearing aids to staff at Gatwick and get confirmation that she needed her dog Molly on board. And after having to wait for a manager and missing her flight, she was then charged pounds 43 for faxing Hearing Dogs for Deaf People to confirm Molly was a hearing assist dog. Mrs Stewart, of Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders, said she had flown with easyJet before without problems and is demanding an apology and compensation. “Molly keeps me safe,” she said. “It was absolutely ridiculous.” The airline said it would investigate.

Care system timebomb The Daily Mail.

By 2017, more elderly Britons will need help than there are family members to look after them. Britain faces a care timebomb within seven years, with the number of elderly needing full-time help outstripping the number of carers, a report has found. The charity Carers UK yesterday said that without reform the care system is in danger of collapse. It wants the Government to revolutionise support in the same way that parents have been given access to flexible working and tax credits. The charity’s warning came as politicians squabbled over whether to attend a care conference starting today, hosted by Health Secretary Andy Burnham.

Labour’s death tax will penalise carers and modest savers The Daily Telegraph.
Through voluntary insurance, people would be able to protect everything they’ve worked and saved for, writes Andrew Lansley. Providing care for an ageing population is one of our most pressing challenges. Pensioners now outnumber children. The number of people aged over 85 is projected to double in the next 25 years. Already, services are patchy in many areas of the country, and local authorities are cutting back.