Current Affairs


Creative Support staff can donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee Philippines Typhoon Appeal via Payroll Giving. For more information take a look at this poster, call David Seale on 0161 236 0829, or email david.seale@creativesupport.co.uk. To make a donation please complete a Payroll Giving Authoriastion Form and return it to our payroll team at head […]


Supermarket giants Asda and Tesco sparked nationwide outrage after selling a ‘mental patient’ costume for Halloween. There has been widespread criticism of the costumes as many felt it stigmatised those with mental illness. Asda’s costume consisted of a blood-stained white coat and fake meat cleaver, and Tesco’s offered a ‘psycho ward’ boiler suit with plastic […]


The death toll at the disaster in Savor, Bangladesh now stands at over 1,000 people, of which the vast majority are women. Cracks in the building’s foundations were noted days before the disaster, with safety concerns raised. Despite these concerns, and without a full safety inspection garment workers were forced back to work, with bosses […]


Yesterday, Time to Change – a programme which aims to end discrimination faced by people with mental health problems – held a Meet the Media event for print journalists. The event – which took place on the same day as a deal to regulate the press was struck – aimed to challenge the myths and […]


The chances are, unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard about ‘The 2013 meat adulteration scandal’, as it has been dubbed. The story first hit the headlines on 15th January when it was reported that horse DNA had been discovered in frozen beef burgers sold in several British and Irish supermarkets. […]


One of our Administration Interns has been busy this month making her way into the news! Beth joined Creative Support in the West Midlands as part of her Business Administration Apprenticeship and has been a valued member of the team since. Beth recently made the news for her hard work and development at Enta. After […]


Earlier this week I was delighted to hear that the Home Secretary, Theresa May, had blocked the extradition of Gary McKinnon to the United States. The American authorities had been engaged in a seven-year battle to get McKinnon, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, sent to the U.S. to face charges with an attached prison sentence of […]


As Creative Support’s Campaigns representative it was really important to me that we attended the Conservative Party conference. In a year when there have been so many announcements regarding health and social care, a chance to hear these plans in more detail from people in government was a crucial part of preparing Creative Support for […]


At today’s Tory Conference George Osborne has confirmed the Conservative Party’s intentions to cut benefits budgets by a further £10 billion. £10 billion will be cut from the Welfare Bill by 2016 – 17, on top of the £18 billion worth of cuts already announced in 2010. Suggestions to cut the cost of benefits include: […]


Last week the government announced new plans which mean that people receiving treatment for cancer will no longer be required to seek employment in return for receiving their sickness benefits. Cancer patients will also be asked to through a simplified process for their Employment Support Allowance where they will only have to supply a GP’s […]


At Creative Support we are committed to delivering person centred, flexible services that meet the specific needs of those we support. As part of this commitment we are aiming to deliver personalised services in line with the government expectation that “every person who receives support, whether provided by statutory services or funded by themselves, will […]


Panorama has spent much of the spring and summer months filming in Shadsworth, a deprived estate in Blackburn. The finished documentary was aired on BBC1 last night at 9.00pm with the alleged intention of giving a balanced view of life on the estate. Having watched the documentary I can’t help but feel extremely disappointed with […]


Last Tuesday, Prime Minister David Cameron announced a reshuffle of his cabinet. During a reshuffle, the people with the top jobs in government take on new roles and responsibilities. If you think that this news doesn’t matter to you, think again. There have been some big changes in the Department of Health which could affect all […]


We have had an amazing summer of sport and I have been particularly inspired by the Paralympic athletes who are currently adorning our television screens. The London Paralympics have been the biggest yet and team GB are making the country proud – they currently have 54 medals and are number two on the medals table! […]