Family Carers and Social Care

Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE I am a former family carer, former as my daughter died on 4 October 2022 following my wife’s death on 26 September 2020, and both are very sadly missed. My daughter was 54 when she died of a heart attack and she enjoyed her life with myself and her mother and then when our health deteriorated her care 24/7 was undertaken by a team of paid carers who provided excellent care respecting her wishes and choices, dignity, were empathetic and ensured my daughter had a very good life while continuing to live in our family home. The introduction of paid carers was gradual starting with 2 carers in a double shift of 60 hours in total Monday to Friday, which then progressed to similar for Saturday and Sunday, when they took my daughter out for lunch each day. As the health of my wife and then my own became worse we progressed to 24/7 care within our home and had an excellent provider of very excellent carers. The carers in many ways became part of our family and even after the death of my daughter many are still in contact with me and visit when they can. I was fortunate, today, to be on the Paulette Edwards, Radio Sheffield programme this morning talking about being a Family Carer and the experiences, the problems and the rewards and how it affected all of our lives. Now family carers are unpaid, but in doing so, as stated in a Carers UK report in 2015, was saving the UK £132 billion in Social Care costs and this can only have increased, substancially over the years in 2021 assumed to be £193 billion per year. Family Carers are entitled to Carers Allowance currently £69.70 per week provided at least 35 hours care is provided during the week, the carer has to be over 16 years and not earn more than £132 per week (after deductions including tax, national insurance and certain expenses). On retirement depending on the amount of State pension being received the Carers Allowance could be reduced or not paid at all. For the allowance is there to mitigate for any lost earning due to caring and when on pension there are no lost earnings. Family carers are also entitled to their own assessment, a Carers Assessment, independent of a needs assessment for the person needing care, to arrange for one contact your Local Authority who may do them themselves or contracted to another organisation to do them, in Sheffield this is the Sheffield Carers Centre. But, Social Care has, largely been forgotten about or dismissed as not being important, which is so wrong for social care is extremely important and needs to be considered on a par with the NHS, as the NHS can’t exist without Social Care and Social Care can’t exist without the NHS and in that Family carers are also so important, so their significance should never be discounted. For it is Family Carers who have been sustaining social care for all the years there has been social care. Lack of Government both funding and recognition of social care has been happening by this current Government and all preceding governments and none have given the so much needed funding and recognition it deserves and requires. This has led to the crisis in social care to escalate and is now and has been for many years seriously affecting the sustainability not only of Social Care but our very much respected NHS. Both the NHS and Social Care need equal respect and both need to be fully funded, for the staffing crisis in both are extremely serious. In fact the staffing crisis in social care could be far exceeding that of the NHS. But when we are looking at the NHS it is much more than Doctors, nurses , ambulance staff, for it is everyone employed within the NHS, for everyone contributes to the team and none can exist without the others. When I mention teams I am looking at everyone for take social care, it is not just social workers and care workers, but it includes families and the family carers for we are all part of the teams and all need to be respected, as is the person being cared for who needs and should be always the centre focus, in other words ‘Person Centred Care’ is the foundation of all care, be it the NHS, Social Care and in the family. This is so much the same in social care for it is not just the shortage of care workers, who so much need to be paid more, at least £15 per hour, but also their employment Terms and Conditions, re holiday pay, travel expenses paid sick leave and much more. You may say what has the Government to do with this, but the Government provides a grant to each Local Authority, (LAs) so they can have funds to which Council Tax, Business Rates and more are also included so that the LAs can then fund the services they provide. But since 2010 this grant has been severely reduced, by the Tory Government Austerity Cuts and therefore LAs have insufficient funds to fund all the services they should be doing, which means for them to keep within the funding, services have to be reduced, for any LA is not allowed to go into deficit. If this funding is not sorted, urgently, then the care staff will continue to reduce. It is said that anyone could be a carer, but that is not really true, for caring is not, as it is said to be, an unskilled profession, for to care correctly it is a very skilled profession and so needs to be recognised as so. Also when looking at Social Care it is so much more than care for the elderly, for it includes both children and adults, not only in care homes, but home care, supported living, respite and hospices. and more. Many will say that the UK can’t afford to fund social care, but I say it can’t afford not to, for if it is not, then social care will continue to diminish so much more and then the crisis in the NHS will be so much more and really threaten the continued existence of the NHS. So whether you do use social care currently or not and remember none of us will really know when we will need social care it is so important that it is sufficiently funded and then continued to be sufficiently funded and with that the NHS also. Look at military spending and I am not saying we should not help Ukraine for we all need to for if Russia is allowed to defeat Ukraine where will Russia strike next, but when any munitions are used, no one says can it be afforded to be used, but this is what is occurring daily in social care and the NHS.

Trump requests meeting with Meta to discuss ‘prompt reinstatement’ to Facebook – ABC News

Former President Donald Trump is looking to get back on Facebook.


Trump can’t resist any moves to stay in the public eye, as he feels he is the greatest ever been, the greatest what I leave to your individual opinions.



Source: Trump requests meeting with Meta to discuss ‘prompt reinstatement’ to Facebook – ABC News

As a mathematician, I fear Rishi Sunak’s plan for compulsory maths doesn’t add up | Kit Yates | The Guardian

Forcing students to endure a subject that many find unenjoyable could end up putting some off A-levels altogether, says mathematician and author Kit Yates


I totally agree with Kit and I would say more.

If Rishi feels maths is so important, I would suggest he takes some of his own advice, for while he is well over 18 his own maths does not add up as he is unable to see beyond his nose.

Yes, Maths is important, but so are all the other problems and many of these have been caused by Tory Governments over the last few years.

One of the main priorities is the crisis in Social care which has been around much longer than the crisis in the NHS and is one of the reasons for the crisis in the NHS.

By all previous and this current Governments social care has been allowed to continue without any degree of sufficient funding and the workers within social care have been degraded by the government and the media leading to the public being unaware of how important social care is not just for those persons in need of social care but for the continued existence of the NHS

Get social care sorted and this will remove some of the problems in the NHS.

But this needs massive funding and care workers to be seen as the experts and professionals they really are. For care workers are not doing unskilled work but are very skilled workers and they need to have a remuneration that takes this into account, not the paltry £10 per hour but at least £14./15 per hour. This would encourage more to be care workers and then those who are not as skilled as though should be can be dealt with as can the care providers who should be much better than they are.  Don’t judge the care profession on the few who are not as should be as the majority are but there is an insufficiency of them.




Source: As a mathematician, I fear Rishi Sunak’s plan for compulsory maths doesn’t add up | Kit Yates | The Guardian

Calvin Robinson Uses Fears of Left-Wing Indoctrination to Push Private Schools | Beastrabban\’s Weblog

I know it’s still the Christmas season, but we’re in those days between Christmas proper and New Year when there’s a sort of lull in the festivities. I’m therefore going to …


Indoctrination in any form is wrong and even though there are Laws against does mean it doesn’t occur, which it does, perhaps more so than we believe.

For, unless someone makes a complaint and then ensures the complaint is dealt with correctly the law will not be enacted.

In some instances, people are put off complaining by the organisation advising a complaint has to be done on their specific form. This is just a ploy to diffuse or put off people complaining as to complain can be done through any communication media, but, if by telephone just confirm in some written or other similar media to ensure there is a specific record of the complaint, which can be used as proof if further actions are required.

But many don’t or complain correctly, but even if you do complain will it be effectively dealt with in many instances they are not and complainants are just fobbed off with either lies or half-truths.

This again leads some people to believe that complaining is a waste of time, which it never should be, for complaining is one method to action change for the better.

Source: Calvin Robinson Uses Fears of Left-Wing Indoctrination to Push Private Schools | Beastrabban\’s Weblog

Rishi Sunak told care system at risk of collapse if workers not paid as much as nurses

Well, I am astounded, as I have been saying care workers should be paid equally to nurses for quite some years and now we have Damian Green, the former First Secretary of State saying so also. But, most care workers only earn the National Living Wage of 9.50 per hour, and to earn £23000 per year the rate for a 37.50-hour week would need to be around £11.80. Even that would not be enough for has been said they should be earning around £14/15 per hour, equivalent to some supermarket workers for much fewer responsibilities and less technical abilities.But, care workers are said to be unskilled, which is so far from the truth as to be effective and efficient they need much skill for it is not just giving personal care, they need empathy, understanding ability to work on their own without supervision while respecting the choices of the person receiving care. In many instances, the care visit could be just 15-30mins leaving very little time to toilet, wash and dress and prepare meals, and many other activities, including shopping, washing and ironing clothing and bed linen, and much more. To do caring properly it is a very skilled occupation and care workers need to be respected more not only by the government but the media and the population of the UK. While most care workers are employed by the private sector some are directly employed by the person receiving care and funded by Direct Payments which come from Local Authorities, (LAs) who also provide the funding to the care providers employing the care workers. These are the same LAs who have been subjected to austerity cuts by the Tory Governments over, at least the last 10 years or more.But, really no Government has looked favorably on Social Care ever. This lack of Government attention is causing much of the current problems within the NHS due to insufficient Social Care being available to discharge hospital patients when nursing care is not required but some form of care is still required, maybe for a short time. Many more care workers are required many more than can be available from the current UK workforce, so non-UK workers are desperately required, but the immigration policies are not fully allowing them.Yes, little amounts of funding for social care has been announced but it is so too little for any significant help to solve all the problems, therefore Social care will continue to disintegrate and the NHS will also continue to stay in a major crisis.

Source: Rishi Sunak told care system at risk of collapse if workers not paid as much as nurses

The Sun apologises for Jeremy Clarkson’s column on Meghan | The Sun | The Guardian

Paper says that ‘as a publisher, we realise that with free expression comes responsibility’


While it is good that The Sun has eventually apologised for the Jeremy Clarkson’s remarks about Meghan in his column, and realised they have responsibilities, it is a great shame that they didn’t realise that much earlier and in doing so refused to publish Clarkson’s column while the said remarks about Meghan were included.

The Sun has been shown as a newspaper that can’t be trusted with the responsibility to act in Good Faith.



Source: The Sun apologises for Jeremy Clarkson’s column on Meghan | The Sun | The Guardian

Elon Musk ‘orders Twitter to remove suicide prevention feature’ | Twitter | The Guardian

Sources say new owner sought removal of the #ThereIsHelp feature which appeared at the top of certain searches


This just goes to show that abuse of power is still extremely strong and needs to be countered at all times, if necessary, by legislation, but then that too could be open to abuse.

While I wish for ‘Freedom of Speech’ this freedom can be used to restrict the freedoms of others causing much harm and distress, so at times some forms of restriction are necessary to safeguard the Human Rights of those who could be harmed and distressed. This is why the views and opinions of Musk and others like him need to be tempered to safeguard those more vulnerable than others.

Musk uses his power of wealth to control others not as wealthy just to extend his own views and opinions when he should be respecting that there are many views and opinions, but, it appears he feels the views and opinions of persons wishing to hurt, bully, be disrespectful are more important than any others and in that he is championing the abuse of the vulnerable.


Source: Elon Musk ‘orders Twitter to remove suicide prevention feature’ | Twitter | The Guardian

King Charles ‘has totally outplayed Harry and Meghan’ with response to Netflix doc – Mirror Online

Many, if not all families have their disagreements and the RF is no exception, except in some respects it is in public view through the eyes of the UK Press. However, with the RF supposedly making no comment, where do the Press get their facts, or are they really facts. They say it is from a Royal source, so are the Press, perhaps talking to the Corgis.

Source: King Charles ‘has totally outplayed Harry and Meghan’ with response to Netflix doc – Mirror Online

Is Dominion’s $1.6bn defamation lawsuit a death blow for Murdoch and Fox News? | Rupert Murdoch | The Guardian

The media mogul and Fox Corp are being sued for allegedly broadcasting ‘lies’ about the voting machine company


Will this be another ‘nail in the coffin’ of Murdoch and eventually Trump, one hopes so.


Source: Is Dominion’s $1.6bn defamation lawsuit a death blow for Murdoch and Fox News? | Rupert Murdoch | The Guardian

Harry and Meghan Netflix documentary – all the key moments and the 11 things we’ve learnt

Sussexes take swipes at Prince William, the King and the tabloid press in first three episodes of their new show


Yes, this is only one side of the story, but it is the truth as seen by both Harry and Meghan.

It is clear that Harry has and still is suffering from the life and death of his Mother, Princess of Wales. To exist in the Royal Family Institution one has, to a large extent, curb ones individual personality and the ability live their own lives without scrutiny from the Press, public opinion, and the rules and standing etiquete of the institution of the Royal Family. Not many of us would have the ability and will to do so. Those born into it have little choice other than to leave completely and with others who may join not really understanding what is required.

The Institution does need to change if it is to survive and over the years some change has been seen, but exceedingly slowly.

Harry has always been one who wished to go his own way which many second in-line have done, but not with the degrees of scrutiny of today with Social Media and many devices to record events, which previously would only have been done by the official news media.

Meghan also is one who wishes to live her life and really didn’t understand what was expected in joining the institution, similar to Diana, but more so. There are always difficulties in joining new families, but when in the ‘spotlight’ and restrictive practices of the Royal Family this was much harder and even more so under thed Lens of the Media. But the Royal Family also didn’t know how to deal with Meghan and in many respects was not willing to learn. Many in the Family have learnt what to do from a very early age and be compliant. Other Royal Families have learnt much more that the UK Royal Family and exist in a much watered down way or don;t exist at all.

These days changes happen quickly, but the UK Royal Family are much slower to change if they really wish to, but for them to really survive change will need to be achieved.

With Meghan there were real opporunities for change, but that could now have gone forever.

Racial issues were always going to be a problem, for there are issues, no matter what is being said there arn’t. The whole fabric of the Institution was created through racial discrimination, from, perhaps, well before the Colonial years. While some changes have occurred more needs to change. Also, no matter what has gone before does not mean it should continue, so even though members of the Family have been dealt with in some ways, there is no reason why these ways should continue, especially with the changes already occurring in the wider Society.

Even the Comonwealth is changing as although it is supposed to be an alliance, at times it is very unequal and a number of countries are looking to leave or be members on different terms.

Change is not one sided and all sides need to be open to change, which I fear the Royal Family are not.


Source: Harry and Meghan Netflix documentary – all the key moments and the 11 things we’ve learnt