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Protections for NHS whistleblowers are to be extended under new Government plans.

Source: NHS whistleblowers to get more protection under new plans


Regional care providers are urging their local authorities to ensure extra money announced in the budget actually gets through to frontline care services.

Source: Call to local authorities to ensure extra social care money gets to frontline | Care Industry News


The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions thinks it is “exciting” that his government is getting rid of the securities that have made working life bearable for working people for dec…

Source: Twisted Damian Green thinks it’s ‘exciting’ that future jobs may not have stable hours, holiday pay, sick pay or pensions | Vox Political


I agree that social care and related health should be administered by one just one authority, but should it be health or social services or should a completely new authority be formed.

As to whether independent social care providers are profiteering from the system I am not too sure for to have quality care does cost.

If Andy Burnham is stating that these social care providers should be run by either social services or health rather than independently, this I would seriously contest. The reason being than generally the most expensive providers are run by these authorities as the lowest paid would generally be paid no less than the Living Wage as opposed to the National Living Wage, their pensions would generally be better as these may still be based on final salaries as to contribution as is the newly created work portable pensions which are being rolled out to all employees who are currently not in a pensionable employment.

The management structures will generally be more expensive to run than in a private provider, but this would depend on the extent of the profit being extracted by the owners from their care company. But with the current state of social services and health finances due to Government austerity cuts the scope for excessive profits are being restrictive.

With regards to zero hours contracts and I agree that they should not used in practice, Local Authorities do use these for some of their workforce, but I am not sure about health.

What should be occurring is zero contracts should be outlawed, everyone should be paid at least the Living wage, which would make the National Living wage redundant. In addition retain the independent providers, but insist on a effective quality control system, which should be independently monitored outwith the care provider, be they independent, Local Authority or health.

There are currently local independent HealthWatch organisation in all localities who do, at present, monitor Care home, GP surgeries, Pharmacies, Dentists and Opticians. Their remit should be extended to day services and all other care providers and their powers should be strengthened, for at present they can not insist to look at records kept by the respective organisations, unless the organisations offer them to the Enter and View representatives. Also they can only state recommendations, but these should be extended to be more than voluntary for the care providers to follow them.

Then the HealthWatch visits would be more on a par to the CQC (Care Quality Commission) inspections.


The Appalachian region awarded Trump big, fat wins. After all, Trump digs coal! Now it’s time to get their rewards. How does his budget reward them? Well, there’s the Appalachian Regional Commission. Or rather, there was, because Trump’s proposed budget completely eliminates the ARC. The commission supports local communities and regional programs, it also helps jumpstart local entrepreneurs and regional businesses which have created tens of thousands of jobs. It also contributes to local infrastructure, community management, and hundreds of local programs.

Sorry, it did all those things. Clearly not needed.

There’s also massive cuts to the Labor Department that eliminates job training. On the chopping block are both the Senior Community Service Employment Program that helps workers over 55 find new jobs, and Job Corps that helps young people get work experience and skills.

Both are widely used in Appalachia. Sorry, were. Were. Nobody wants them now.

There is one unemployment program Trump is anxious to fund. He’ll expand the Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment program, REAP, which helps companies spot

 

Source: Trump’s reward to ‘coal country’—kill jobs, training, communities, and education—you’re welcome


Indeed food for thought for there are many similarities, but hopefully with the 1930’s in our thoughts we will eventually rally and come though largely unscathed, but worry at what might been.

The Bee Writes...

This article takes a close look at the similarities and what is different between the 1930’s and today. Food for thought:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/11/1930s-humanity-darkest-bloodiest-hour-paying-attention-second-world-war

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Rexnord of Indiana is moving to Mexico and firing all of its 300 workers

Source: 6 reasons why Trump is too weak to save American jobs – Salon.com


Trump team taking more and more credit for Obama successes

Source: The Daily 202 from PowerPost


This literally means the difference between life and death for some

Source: This government blunder has gone under the radar but it could explain the DWP ‘Kill Yourself’ scandal


This research proves that the ideology of this Tory Government is wrong and all they wish to do is govern to benefit themselves and their millionaire elites and multinational companies at the expense of the poor and vulnerable.

They believe if they can be rid of as many people who require benefits to live on then there will be more for themselves and the elites whom they favour.

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Folk devils and moral panic. The UK establishment created a dominant scapegoating narrative of people needing social security support

Comparative research, conducted at an international level, has undermined the government claim that the UK welfare state encourages “widespread cultures of dependency” and presents unemployed people with “perverse incentives”. 

The study, which links welfare generosity and active labour market policies with increased employment commitment, was published in 2015. It has demonstrated that people are more likely to look for work if they live in a country where welfare provision is generous and relatively unconditional. Empirically, the research includes more recent data and data from a larger number of European countries than previous studies.

The research also compared employment motivation in specific sub-sections: ethnic minorities, people in poor health, the low skilled, the non-employed and women, across countries, and adds to previous studies, which concluded that comprehensive welfare provision is increasingly seen as a…

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