Almost one fifth of non-profit workers earn below the real living wage 


The National Living Wage is a disgrace as it is insufficient to live on.

Yes, the Government says there are various credits to claim, but the claiming process is very arduous and very time consuming and the barriers you have to overcome are very off-putting.

With some benefits it is as though you are deemed as claiming a benefit to which you are not entitled and in many instances the assessment process, especially face to face is very demeaning and in some instances insulting.

The Queen used to pay some of her staff below the Real Living Wage and was, I believe reported as saying ‘they can claim benefits’

How some are now paid.

Many Charities have restricted income which is not guaranteed and as they rely on donations and grants which have to be bid for, these grants are time limited may be for one year or could be up to 3 years, so Charities are continually having to submit bids for grants which may or may not be granted. The grants always come with attached conditions and to even bid you have to fit the expressed criteria, which can be very detailed.

With grants the organisations providing grants also only have a limited amount of money available to provide so all eligible bids will not be granted if the total amount of bids exceeds the amount available for when this as been reach there is no more available.

Source: Almost one fifth of non-profit workers earn below the real living wage 

Social Care will it survive, now that is the question?


Social care has been in decline for far too many years, due to successive governments lack of actions to do something to ensure that it will survive. Now we have a Prime Minister who has done something, but it is way too little and way, way too late. It would have been too late, if the necessary money was made available yesterday, but to say it will now not be available for 3 more years, is adding insult to injury. People ease in need of Social Care so deserve so much better, for their pain and suffering will continue and not just continue, but will get much worse and they could not well survive, especially 3 more years, but is that the outcome this Government is working to.

Many years of very serious underfunding has and is taking its toil, as it was in serious decline in 2010 when the Conservative Government decided to introduce austerity cuts and these went on for at least 10 years and then came COVID. The austerity cuts came to ensure Local Authorities (LAs) made savings in their budgets, when any fool could see there were no savings to be made, except Government fools. So to work to the reduced budgets services had to be cut, even essential services. and this eventually included Social Care, as many LAs tried to shield Social Services from cuts, but eventually they had to come and it was the persons in need of Social Care who were made to suffer and they still do, well those still alive do.

I applaud those who have decided to become employed in Social Care, however not all who came in were there for the benefit for whom they are caring for and some of the Care Provider when also in there to make profits from the services.

Those providers should not have been there but many still are and they are destroying the reputations of the Care Providers who do care, just as the care workers who don’t care are destroying the reputations of the care workers who do care and it is the persons in need of care who were left to suffer.

It is said that during the COVID Pandemic people were Clapping for carers, but were they for were they only clapping for certain carers, namely Nurses. Now, while those nurses did deserve the clapping they were not alone for there were many others in health who were as deserved as where the care workers in the care profession. Certainly those in Care and Nursing homes did, but they were not alone, for it is not just the elderly in care/nursing homes who are in receipt of care, as we are left to believe from those who should know better . such as , the Prime Minister and his fellow Ministers, all the MPs and those in the media. Can we blame many of the population for believing that Social care is just for the elderly, well I believe we can for children and any adults can, through no fault of their own find themselves in need of accessing Social acre, either on a temporary basis or on a more permanent basis. For the elderly will only be for some for a short period, when you look at the length of the ‘Cycle of Life’ as some are in need as soon as they are born and then until their dying day, but why are these persons not seen for they are there in full sight, well it is because the people are not seeing them, many because they do not want to, others because they can’t understand the whys and wherefores and some who couldn’t careless, for all they care about is themselves.

Then we have the unpaid carers who currently save the UK well over £132 Billion every year by them caring for their relatives, until they can care no more, by reason of their own death or they become ill and need support themselves.

There are many reasons why people do not enter the care profession, which include

  1. the derisory salary for the work undertaken, which is more likely to be around the National Living Wage of £8.91 per hour, rather than the Real Living Wage of £9.50 per hour. When this is compared that persons could earn well over £13 per hour working at Amazon, surely someone looking after your relatives lives should at least be earning £14 per hour
  2. insufficient persons in the UK who are willing to work in the Care Profession for any reason, when there are many outside the UK will but are unable to do so because of the UK’s Immigration policy. in the 1950s when there was a lack of works due to WWII the government of the day went to various countries to encourage workers to come to the UK, many from the Caribbean, while today there are many still in Europe and certainly in many of the African countries and others, if only they were given the opportunities.
  3. but there are also lack of travel expenses, suitable sick pay, unsocial hours payments and other terms and conditions

But firstly we need a Government who understands care and will do what is required, not the Paltry offer from Boris Johnson, who after COVID is insulting all care workers.

I am not saying the NHS is not deserving the money it has been offered, but both need to be the money required, for not to do so will see the complete demise of Social Care and this will then truly bring the eventual demise of the NHS, just because Boris and his Ministers in Crime are not prepared to take the required actions needed urgently.

So the actions need to be taken now for 3 years is much too long to wait.

Tokyo 2020: Anger After Paralympian Is Stripped Of Gold Medal For Being Late


The IPC have no respect for persons with intellectual disabilities and those who made to disqualification decision should have no association ever again with any disability events.

If a disqualification was going to be made it had to be before the event commenced not after the result of the event was announced.

Would the Ukrainian representatives have raised an objection had Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli not won, I think not so it appears it is just because of his success at the event, this is not what the Olympics should be about, but unfortunately in this modern world it appears that it is.

The disqualification is a stain on the Olympics and all those who were party to the disqualification decision.

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The International Paralympics Committee (IPC) has defended a decision to strip a Malaysian athlete of his gold medal.

Shot putter Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli won gold in the F20 class, but was later disqualified for arriving three minutes late for the event.

Mr Zolkefli was allowed to compete because at the time he had a “logical” reason for being late, the IPC said.

However, a referee later found there was no “justifiable reason” for him to be late.

The decision to strip Mr Zolkefli of his medal has been met with much anger on social media, especially from Malaysians.

“Absolutely disgraceful! You should not have allowed the athletes to compete if they were late. Don’t steal this hard-earned, world record-breaking medal from Ziyad,” said Malaysian MP Fahmi Fadzil.

Malaysia’s Youth and Sports Minister Ahmad Faizul Azumu said the country’s National Sports Council had been ordered to investigate. He added that he…

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Lancaster University intranasal vaccine offers promise to block COVID-19 where it starts | Lancaster University


Research by Lancaster University scientists to create a COVID-19 vaccine which can be administered through the nose has taken a significant step forward.

Source: Lancaster University intranasal vaccine offers promise to block COVID-19 where it starts | Lancaster University

Ruth Madeley: Actress Says Taxi Driver Took Her Wheelchair Away


This is how it is for disabled people, not just occasionally, but every day.

Disability is not the barrier, but people and systems are and it is way past the time when they should not be.

This has been the Disability Discrimination Acts 1995 and 2005 and then the Equality Act 2010, but they are far from sufficient, as this article shows.

More, much more needs to be done, because people with disabilities should never have to deal with these situations, but they do so on a daily basis.

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Actress Ruth Madeley has told of how a taxi driver took her wheelchair away following an argument outside London’s Euston station last month.

The Bafta nominee said the driver told her it was “too difficult” to drop her at an accessible entrance and it wasn’t his problem if she couldn’t use stairs.

After a dispute over payment, she said he then took her wheelchair, put it in his boot and refused to give it back.

Transport for London has apologised for the “utterly appalling” incident.

Graham Robinson, TfL’s general manager for taxi and private hire, said: “We have contacted Ruth for more details so we can carry out a full and urgent investigation.”

The actress, from Bolton, was nominated for a Bafta for her breakthrough role in the BBC’s Don’t Take My Baby before starring in 2019’s Years and Years.

She wrote on Instagram that the driver of the private…

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Start reform of social care now – open letter to the Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer & Secretary of State for Health & Social Care from social care leaders


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Start reform of social care now – open letter to the Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer & Secretary of State for Health & Social Care from social care leaders

I support this Open Letter and urge you to do so also.

Social Care has been in crisis for way too long and this Government and all previous Governments have totally ignored the continuing decline in Social Care, mainly due to lack of long term sustainable financing.

It is the poor relation of health, but they are both inter-related, for insufficient social care means that the call on health resourses will be greater.

Before COVID there was a need for much better financing, but COVID has only made it much worse.

This can’t be ignored any longer and immediate action has to be taken now. So please support by sharing

Dear Prime Minister, Boris Johnson MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP and Secretary of State for Health & Social Care, Matt Hancock MP

SOCIAL CARE REFORM

We are writing as leaders of organisations that represent adult social care nationally to urge the Government to act now on reform of England’s social care system and publish its proposals before the Summer Recess. In common with all people who draw on care and support, and colleagues working across social care, we are clear that the time to deliver reform is now. Reform must be underpinned by a positive vision: ‘We all want to live in the place we call home with the people and things that we love, in communities where we look out for one another, doing the things that matter to us’, as Social Care Future put it.

Transforming social care so that it is sustainable and helps…

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After A Year At Home, Children With Disabilities Deserve Priority Vaccination


Again persons with learning disabilities are getting a raw deal, why is this always so?

If not adukts it is children, why all this discrimination, for they are citizens as well and we should all be treated equally

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They disappeared more than a year ago and many are still out of sight. When the pandemic hit, 53,000 under-18s in England with disabilities that made them vulnerable to coronavirus began to shield away at home.

Kept off school long after their classmates went back, and away from friends, they have found their childhoods put on hold. And while the vaccine rollout gave high-risk adults some reprieve in the new year, those aged under 16, who have not been eligible for any vaccine, are still living in limbo.

Yet we have barely heard a thing about disabled children’s plight through the coronavirus crisis – a silence that has not been helped by the faux-reassuring narrative that “no healthy child” has died from the virus. And now that the UK regulator has at last approved the Pfizer vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds, this blind spot is becoming…

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Parents Fear For Pupils’ Mental State At £53,000 Fee School


This is all very worrying in any school let alone a special school for children with autism. I have had my doubts for sometime about CQC inspections, for they did not notice the abuses at Winterborne so can you really believe their inspection reports.

I inspections and reports need to be greatly improved for all concerned.

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A private special needs school, whose directors include businessmen associated with the Winterbourne View care home scandal, has been accused of putting profit ahead of pupils’ needs.

Annual fees paid by councils to send pupils to Leaways School in east London are £53,000 – higher than Eton.

One parent told a BBC investigation she is pulling out her son as she fears for his mental state if he stays there.

However, Leaways denied the claims that it put money ahead of welfare.

In a statement, the school said: “We strongly refute the suggestion profit is ever put ahead of the needs of children.

“The vast majority of families are happy with our school and they see their children doing very well here.”

The school says it was “deeply saddened to hear the opinions of a small minority… of our parent and staff community”.

‘Sold a dream’

One is Donna, who…

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Sobbing mother describes ‘barbaric’ treatment of autistic daughter in hospital | Express & Star


Autism is a condition not an illness, so why are the NHS still looking after people with autism as though there is a health cure.

People with autism have difficulty dealing with changes of routine, so taking them from a safe home environment is not a way to deal with anyone showing autistic tendencies. For it is not a health cure that is required, but a change of direction by the health authorities to understand autism more and thereby understand each person with autism. For each person with autism is an individual and needs an individual approach, unfortunately health does not work like that and just uses an approach which is the same for everyone.

Putting persons with autism in these health institutions is nowhere the correct approach, as they need to be within the community, one that is part of them. Autism is not a mental problem, but the way the health authorities and then the general community is. Care in the community should have been the best approach, but true to form community care was never sufficiently funded and is still not along with many other areas including Social Care, which is also seriously underfunded.

The National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990 was supposed to have been the answer, but it would never be without the required sufficient funding.

Care and Treatments reviews were introduced in 2015, to alleviate some of the problems, but really it needs a complete overall and more importantly to be sufficiently funded.

Source: Sobbing mother describes ‘barbaric’ treatment of autistic daughter in hospital | Express & Star