Joint statement on the future funding of adult social care


Yet another saying the Government needs to, urgently, provide the promised review of Social Care including the substantial funding required to ensure Social Care can continue.

I have been saying this for some time and support the Petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

In my promotions of the petition I have been saying the following

‘The issues raised in the petition were mentioned on Boxing Day in a Sky News report, Social Care – The Other Health Crisis., https://news.sky.com/video/social-care-the-other-health-crisis-12172633, regarding an investigation they have done into the crisis in social care.

They highlighted many of these issues and called on the Government to abide by the promise made by Boris Johnson in 2019 in his election winning speech outside 10 Downing Street, one promise that is still outstanding.

Other perspectives were mentioned in the Community Care article, ADASS urges emergency workforce plan as NHS pressures and staff gaps risk ‘overwhelming social care’,

https://www.communitycare.co.uk/2021/01/08/adass-urges-emergency-workforce-plan-nhs-pressures-staff-gaps-risk-overwhelming-social-care/?utm_content=News%20of%20the%20day%20image&utm_campaign=CC%20daily%2011%2F01%2F2021&utm_source=Community%20Care&utm_medium=adestra_email&utm_term=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.communitycare.co.uk%2F2021%2F01%2F08%2Fadass-urges-emergency-workforce-plan-nhs-pressures-staff-gaps-risk-overwhelming-social-care%2F

Please support the petition by signing and sharing and in doing so give your support to Social Care being given the ability to survive.

For without Social Care many in need of care could have serious unmet needs, which could lead to their deaths, perhaps even more than attributed to COVID-19.

Please sign and share the petition to show your support for Social Care

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

#socialcarefuture, a unique movement of people that draw on or work in the field of social care, has today joined forces with organisations representing local councils, charities and professionals to call on Ministersto break their silence on the future funding of social care.

Anna Severwright, convener of #socialcarefuture said “While the government has set out its ‘roadmap to freedom’, many of us who draw on social care to live our lives fear something akin to permanent lockdown unless further resources are committed urgently.”

“People and families in our network that draw on social care are already telling us that they are facing increased costs and reduced services because of this underinvestment in our lives. After the year many of us have had to endure, this just adds insult to injury”

“Today we are joining with others to express our deep disappointment at the invisibility of social care in the Chancellor’s…

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With no certainty over retail’s future, are John Lewis staff now being undersold? | Retail industry | The Guardian


Is this the final ending of the High Street as we have known it.

Store after store with many retailers has been ongoing for many years,  https://www.gov.uk/introduction-to-business-rates but COVID appears to have increased the process.

Many customers, myself included are now only shopping on the internet.

This coupled with the closing of stores is decimating many high street and this is not good, especially those who have no wish to  do not wish to use the internet or have no opportunities to do so.

But it is not just customers who are affected, for Local Authorities, (LAs), rely on businesses for some of their income through Business Rates. This is coupled with the Government Grants, Council Tax, etc. The LAs need income to pay for the various council services we all experience. With less income and this income from Government Grants has been reducing for the past 11 years through the Governments Austerity Cuts. Even though this Government has stated they will not be continuing the austerity cuts, they are not increasing the Grants to offset all the reductions. Then we have the costs related to COVID and Yes, some of this has been reimbursed by the Government. but not all.

Many of the Council services are essential and even though some people think not Social Care is one.

Social Care is a vital service for those who are in need of care and their families, who have and are still going all they can to provide much of the care needed. Currently family carers are providing over £130 billion in Social Care, so without family carers the costs to LAs would be very much more. But family carers are not able to provide more and without Council Social Care input their vulnerable relatives will suffer in many areas of live we all take for granted, the right to live a reasonable life.

The promised White Paper on Social Care, which has been promised for many years, has still not been published, it was urgently required at least 10 years ago, so now the situation in social care is exceedingly worrying. My own worry is, will Social Care be able to last until the Government, not only, publishes the White Paper, but enacts the measures, urgently required.

Without these measures deaths will occur and maybe in excess of those related to COVID-19.

So please support the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

Source: With no certainty over retail’s future, are John Lewis staff now being undersold? | Retail industry | The Guardian

Fury At ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ Notices Given To Covid Patients With Learning Disabilities


For this practice to have recurred in the second wave of the pandemic when it was highlighted in the first is extremely worrying, for it needs the dreaded phrase ‘lessons will be learnt’ to be utter again. For, lessons, it appears are never learnt, for to be learnt there must be a willingness to learn, from which it is evident that the willingness is not there, and I do doubt will ever be.

For this stems from the practice in health and many other areas for ‘we know best’ and that it is of no concern that patients and their families are not worthy of being considered.

This centres on the belief that the system is sacrosanct, and people affected are of no concern.

Whereas the person should be at the centre, self-centred care, should be central as the system should fit the person and not the person the system. If it is not possible to achieve then the system needs to be altered to ensure it is.

For, far too long health and also Social Care and other areas feel they are too important to change and therefore the person at the centre is virtually ignored.

If it was not for persons, then health and social care and other areas would not be required. Each person is different and therefore it should not be assumed the practice of ‘one fits all’ is how it should be.

All systems must be flexible to change as and when required with ease and quickly be adaptable.

Unfortunately, there is much disregard with people and organisations for the opinions of people who feel they need to be considered. But their opinions are important and should be listened to for they are endeavouring to make things better for everyone.

Same Difference

People with learning disabilities have been given do not resuscitate orders during the second wave of the pandemic, in spite of widespread condemnation of the practice last year and an urgent investigation by the care watchdog.

Mencap said it had received reports in January from people with learning disabilities that they had been told they would not be resuscitated if they were taken ill with Covid-19.

The Care Quality Commission said in December that inappropriate Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) notices had caused potentially avoidable deaths last year.Advertisementhttps://eb3ca1ecd275ae49142ae247f5e428af.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

DNACPRs are usually made for people who are too frail to benefit from CPR, but Mencap said some seem to have been issued for people simply because they had a learning disability. The CQC is due to publish a report on the practice within weeks.

The disclosure comes as campaigners put growing pressure on ministers to reconsider a decision not…

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Will your complaint get heard as the Government forces the Parliamentary Ombudsman to curb its service?


This is yet another example of disgraceful behaviour from this Government and by all accounts many previous Governments.

The Ombudsman services should be there to right the wrongs in Central and Local Governments and also health administrations, so that the public can get justice, instead of the current injustices.

However, until the Government will allow them to do the required work and provide the required funding the Ombudsman’s will fall way short of what should be.

Westminster Confidential

Rishi Sunak: Postponing the cash to improve the Ombudsman service

The Parliamentary Ombudsman has already – as I wrote in an earlier blog – faced a critical report from MPs on the way it handles some of its work.

And Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister, has also turned down any prospect of new legislation to modernise the service by combining its work with the local government and social care ombudsman.

Not content with that, Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, has now postponed a three year funding programme which would have allowed it to introduce changes to improve matters.

Instead The Treasury has decided to give it just one year’s worth of funding and instructed it to concentrate on handling complaints arising out of Covid 19 pushing aside other grievances..

Details of this latest bad news has not been put out in any press release by the Ombudsman but has been…

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George Osborne’s legacy is all around us: his cuts left Britain helpless to resist Covid | Conservatives | The Guardian


This is so true, but to date nothing has been done to reverse cuts, even a proportion of them.

It was wrong then and therefore is still wrong now and even today all Local Authorities (LAs) are having to find savings, for costs and demand for services are forever increasing, while the Government Grant is not in any realistic proportion. In reality there were no savings to be made and this has been proven by COVID in so many ways.

Virtually all LA services are suffering and Social Care was and is decimated. As Polly states the poor, sick and disabled, those who could least afford any cuts to services, were the ones to suffer most, leading in some instances to their deaths, especially when the changes to welfare benefits are taken into account. For to claim welfare benefits the eligibility was tightened and claimants were sanctioned for the least failure to abide by the ongoing stringent conditions related to payments and eligibility to benefits. The loss of a miniscule amount of benefit had enormous consequences for persons on benefits, who were most likely living on a day to day basis from one benefit payment to another. For some, even the benefits they received were insufficient to manage.

But LAs are not the only authorities suffering for Health Authorities are suffering too, for while they have been receiving some increased funding the increases are in no way sufficient to maintain services at a level required. In fact the funding for the UK needs to be seriously looked at and it has to be sufficient for the 21st century and buffers need to be maintained to cater for the unexpected, for COVID will not be the last.

Also, with the state of pay scales in the UK, this left many who are in employment unable to manage. Many jobs have been lost over the last few years and even though other jobs have been created these will, more than likely, be at the lowest rate of pay (National Living Wage or even the Minimum Living Wage for persons under 25 years) and maybe part-time rather than full-time. Whereas the starting point for pay should be the Real Living Wage.

LAs do obtain funding in otherways, one being Business Rates, but these are also decreasing due to the effects of lockdowns and COVID restrictions limiting businesses opening.

The UK has never been good at pay rates for those on the lower levels of pay and George Osborne and his cronies did their utmost to ensure these pay levels were kept low, especially when costs were increasing.

One does not need to be a genius to see that this is wrong and not sustainable for a healthy and prosperous UK and which is equal to all.

 

Source: George Osborne’s legacy is all around us: his cuts left Britain helpless to resist Covid | Conservatives | The Guardian

Jacob Rees Mogg says Unicef should be ‘ashamed’ for feeding Britain’s hungry kids – Mirror Online


Jacob Rees Mogg is an utter disgrace, for instead to degrading the actions of Unicef, he and the rest of this Tory Government should be doing more to ensure the children of Southwark, South London and all other children in other areas of the UK are not going hungry.

He will not understand what hunger is, not with all his wealth, for he would not be able to stand going hungry for a day, let alone weeks, months, years.

 

 

Source: Jacob Rees Mogg says Unicef should be ‘ashamed’ for feeding Britain’s hungry kids – Mirror Online

Council proposes to increase social worker caseloads to help address financial crisis| Community Care


The Government is wrong again for it is totally inappropriate for local government secretary Robert Jenrick to say the the authority had been “entirely irresponsible with their spending and investments”.

For it is the Government who are entirely irresponsible with their funding of not just Croydon, but all Local Authorities (LAs).

The funding of Social Care has never been sufficiently funded, even before 1970, when LAs were made responsible for all Social Care and the 10 years of austerity cuts only compounded this and then the additional costs related to COVID-19 made a very bad situation even worse.

Yes, the Government has provided some extra funding for COVID-19 costs incurred, but again the Government funding fell way short of what is required.

We all wonder what this Government is good at, well they are certainly good at getting things wrong, in fact on this they are exceptional, something they have fully mastered.

 

Source: Council proposes to increase social worker caseloads to help address financial crisis | Community Care

The Celebration of the life of Zoe Angella Sterry


Celebration of the Life of Zoe Sterry

Zoe Angella Sterry

Zoe Angella Sterry was the wife of Chris Sterry, the originator of this Post, and he lost his wife in the early hours of the morning of Saturday 26 September 2020 and her funeral took place on Friday 16 October 2020.

Chris started seeing Zoe in August 1983 and they were married on 4 October 1988, so, in total they had 37 years together, in which 32 years they were married.

Chris did not have any children of his own, but looked after Zoe’s children, David, Katie and Rachel as his own, together with their 3 grandchildren Oliver, Frankie and Luke, not forgetting the latest addition Theo as a Great Grandchild. She also had a younger brother Calvin.

Zoe was a formidable lady, with a big heart and an enormous amount of love. She had a very strong personality and enormous strength of character and would express her opinions to anyone, especially to Sheffield City Council (SCC), whom she had to deal with on behalf of Katie, who had multiple physical disabilities, severe Learning Disabilities, through Cerebral Palsy and also Autism.

Together Zoe and Chris fought with SCC for Katie, which Chris will now do alone.

Zoe and Chris created a very strong partnership and Zoe will be sadly missed by, not only him, but all who came into contact with her.

There is a webcam of the funeral service and the details to access can be seen below and the link will be live for 7 days from the 16 October 2020

NameMrs Zoe Angella Sterry
LocationGrenoside Crematorium, Sheffield – South Chapel
Date & TimeFriday 16/10/2020 12:30
Event Number830579
RequesterLiz Cousins – Tomlinson & Windley

https://www.wesleymedia.co.uk/webcast-view
Login / Order ID: 50539
Password: kadcavmg

Please read through the attached step by step document before using the webcasting service to ensure your system is compatible.

Thanks,

Wesley Media Team

Zoe Angella Sterry

Step by Step document

Please see below the Order of Service

Order of Service

The body of Zoe is now no more, but the memories live on

So does the dealings with SCC for Katie.

At least it will keep Chris busy.

Thank you

Parents Want Full Time Return To School For SEN Children


These schools are continuing to feel they are the experts, but experts at what.

Maybe on schools procedure, maybe on educational subject matter, but certainly not on children with disabilities, for that will be the parents and possibly the respective children, but still these schools are showing herd processing.

When will they realise that children are individuals and especially children with disabilities, for what maybe right and good for one, maybe wrong and maybe bad for another.

The schools are also ignoring Department of Education (DoE) guidance, which recommends all children come back fulltime.

But as the Government,early on in the coronavirus pandemic, introduced the Coronavirus Act 2020, which suspended numerous Local Authorities responsibilities, these actions are now coming home to roost.

To enable equality persons with disabilities require more not less, but this Government is unable to understand this. What I am not sure about is, could this be accidental or even more worrying, they already knew the consequences of these actions.

With this Government people with disabilities will never achieve equality, in fact equality will be even more distant.

Same Difference

Parents of children with special educational needs have told the BBC that their children are not being offered the same access to education as their peers because of the restrictions around coronavirus.

The BBC’s Nikki Fox spoke to Dawn Ashton who said she wanted a full-time education for her son Lewis who has been offered two days at Astley Park School.

Headteacher Kieran Welsh said a phased return would allow children to adapt to the new school routine.

“The positive impact of the phased return on children’s learning and well-being has been incredible and a joy to witness.”

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Lockdown has brought families of learning disabled people to their knees | Edel Harris | Society | The Guardian


The support system so many rely on was struggling before the coronavirus crisis. Now it is truly broken

Source: Lockdown has brought families of learning disabled people to their knees | Edel Harris | Society | The Guardian