Lisa newI was speaking with a colleague earlier in the week and we chatted about how quick the year is going and that already the kids are back at school (sigh of relief?), with autumn just around the corner. For us it seems that from September there is a flurry of activity in so many areas – it’s like the 1st September is the new 1st January.

The Politicians are back and Parliament will be sitting. So, back to the Brexit plans proper. Also back to focusing on the sleep in issue, as the Government considers its plans in respect of the potential back pay issues facing providers over the next 4 weeks. The special measures introduced in July to halt HMRC action will soon be at an end, with 2nd October 2017 soon being here. As ARC members will know, over recent weeks there has been a push from the Department of Health to gather data from providers via a survey developed (and now being analysed) by Deloitte. The turnaround time to gather providers’ calculations of their individual potential liabilities if current HMRC approaches stay the same was a very tall order actually, some would say unrealistic – and we have made our feelings known about that.

So, the next step is to wait until Deloitte have presented their findings to Central Government officials and for the decision makers to take action – although the Department of Health have made it clear there are no guarantees what will happen next, so place your bets. But, we know there has to be some movement, a new stance, a new beginning and clarification of the guidance to providers. I will, of course, be keeping members up to date with developments as they happen.

Maria and Sian captioned photoOn a more personal note, I am pleased to announce some new beginnings in ARC England too, as we welcome two new appointments to the team. Anne Rawson, our lead Disclosure Administrator for many years, retired in July and we are thrilled to have Maria O’Grady now leading that role. Maria commented:

“Hi! I am Maria, the administrator for the ARC Disclosure Service. I started this role about a month ago and am enjoying learning all the different aspects within the role and ARC as an organisation. After taking a few years away from administration to bring up my child I am happy that I have chosen to return to it and start with such a warm and welcoming team. With guidance from Margaret I hopefully will be a great replacement for Anne!”

If you have any questions regarding our disclosure service or would like to contact Maria, please drop her a line –

Secondly, this week hailed the start of our new Membership and Services Officer, Siân Anderson. Siân will be in contact with all members personally soon. Siân said:

“Hi, I’m Siân and I’m the incoming Membership and Services Officer for ARC England. I’ve just finished my Masters in Social Research at Aston University, and I’m excited to have moved up to Chesterfield to begin this role. Whilst studying and volunteering I discovered my passion for the charity sector, and my belief that everyone should be able to have the same rights and opportunities in our society, so I’m really pleased to be channelling this into my work with ARC. I look forward to meeting ARC members old and new over the next few months, and working with you as we make a real difference to the lives of people with a learning disability. Hope to see you at our Conferences in November!”

You can reach Siân at:

We welcome both Maria and Siân in to our small but perfectly formed team. As always if we can be of any assistance in any way or you would like to know more about our work please do get in touch:

Best wishes


Lisa Lenton

ARC England Director