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It was a sad week following the death of 86-year-old writer and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou. The president of Wake Forest, the university where Angelou had been professor of American Studies since 1982, said the writer had devoted her life at Wake Forest to “creating a love of language and a keen awareness of the power of literature and learning,” and that “generations of Wake Forest students have lived richer lives for her teaching and guidance”.

In a 1985 commencement speech, Angelou reportedly told graduates at the university that “your destiny is to develop the courage to flesh out your dreams, to dare to love, to dare to care, to dare to want to be significant and to admit it, not by the things you own or the positions you hold, but by the lives you live.”

Angelou’s death was marked by an outpouring of praise. Fellow writer, Alice Walker, described her as “an indomitable spirit of great generosity, kindness and love”.

Angelou’s family will be holding a closed memorial service in a chapel at the Winston-Salem university in North Carolina tomorrow. Limited seating means it will only be open to family and close friends, but the good news is, that the service is due to be live-streamed for the general public, meaning that all those who were inspired or touched by Maya Angelou will have a chance to celebrate the life and work of the esteemed author. 

Back home, and on a completely different note, the Department of Health has today, as part of the Care Act 2014, published a care and support consultation  – one of the most important consultations for many years.

We do however worry that not enough is being done to publicise it. The Care Act 2014 is a really important piece of legislation, but it’s what is being consulted on between now and the summer that really matters. The public now has an unrivalled opportunity to have their say: about how generous the publicly-funded social care system is and who is should support.

From our perspective, we welcome in particular the commitments to better advice and information so that people can make choices about their care and support, particularly around the area of top-ups. There was a need for a change in law, but the Care Act must be backed up by realistic levels of funding. Read our full response here. 

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