Care needs will continue to increase and deepen the crisis in adult social care | Care Industry News


Responding to a report by Age UK on a rise in unmet care needs and the costs to the NHS of delayed discharges due to a lack of social care, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“People’s unmet care needs will continue to increase and deepen the crisis in adult social care unless the sector receives a long-term fundingsettlement, like the NHS, and further funding is made available for council’s public health and prevention services.

“To prevent crises in the NHS, government needs to plug the £3.5 billion funding gap facing adult social care by 2025 and reverse the £600 million in reductions to councils’ public health grants between 2015/16 and 2019/20.

 

Source: Care needs will continue to increase and deepen the crisis in adult social care | Care Industry News

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“Essex council has defended plans to charge pensioners £26 to help them to their feet if they’ve had a fall at home.” | Nye Bevan News


“Essex council proposes £25.92 ‘lifting charge’ to help elderly up when they fall
Tendring District Council has proposed the extra charge to its existing care service for staff to visit the homes to help people get back up

A local council has defended plans to charge pensioners £26 to help them to their feet if they’ve had a fall at home.

Tendring District Council, in Clacton-on-Sea in Essex, has come under fire after proposing a £25.92 additional annual charge to around 2,500 Essex residents who use its Careline service.

The “lifting service” will mean Careline staff go to the home of the elderly person with a touch of a special alarm button.

Michael Le Cornu, chairman of the Tendring Pensioners’ Action group told the Mirror it meant people would in effect be “penalised for falling”.

“PENSIONERS HAD PAID TAX FOR HEALTH SERVICES ALL THEIR LIVES – AND WERE IN EFFECT BEING ASKED TO PAY AGAIN.”

 

Source: “Essex council has defended plans to charge pensioners £26 to help them to their feet if they’ve had a fall at home.” | Nye Bevan News

What does the NHS need to survive for another 70 years? | Richard Horton, Clare Gerada, and others | Opinion | The Guardian


As the health service marks its 70th anniversary, experts offer their prescriptions for keeping it going

 

Source: What does the NHS need to survive for another 70 years? | Richard Horton, Clare Gerada, and others | Opinion | The Guardian

Council cuts are putting the vulnerable at risk


So the ‘LGA is calling for councils’ funding problems to be addressed through a government spending review expected in spring 2019, which is likely to set out public services funding plans over the four years to 2023.’. However, by then will there be any councils left, especially for social care.

Will the funding commence in 2019 or much later, when it should have commenced from 2017 or much earlier.

Again, those who can least afford it are being left to suffer, where is the quality of life.

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Council cuts are putting the vulnerable at risk, Tory peer says
LGA chief says austerity could damage local authorities ‘beyond recognition’

There is speculation that more local authorities could follow Northamptonshire county council into bankruptcy.

Local authorities have reached the point where relentless financial cutbacks are putting the wellbeing of vulnerable adults and children at risk, the Conservative leader of the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

The Tory peer Lord Porter said that after eight years of austerity during which £16bn has been stripped from municipal budgets in England, councils risked being “damaged beyond recognition” and communities depleted of vital services.

An £8bn black hole in council budgets would open up by 2023 unless ministers stepped in to close the gap between spiralling demand for adult and children’s social care services and shrinking town hall incomes, he said.

“We’ve reached a point where councils will no longer be able to support our residents as they expect, including our most vulnerable,” Porter added.

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Sheffield City Council – Carers Improvement Forum


Carers Service Improvement Forum

Hi, I am Chris Sterry and I am a Carer representative on the Carers Service Improvement Forum (Carers SIF) and our next meeting should be on Wednesday 25 July 2018 at the Town Hall, Committee Room 2 from 10.30am to 12.30pm and thereafter at 2 monthly intervals, some previous minutes can be found here

I say ‘should’ as Sheffield City Council wish to cancel this meeting and any further meetings due to the lack of Carers attending.

By attending these meetings, you will have an opportunity to speak and see some Council Officials relating to Social Care within the City of Sheffield, the Director of Adult Social Care, Phil Holmes attends regular.  You will also have opportunities to discuss forthcoming changes within Sheffield City Council around areas relating to caring in Sheffield.

We have already lost one Service Improvement Forum, that being for Learning Disabilities which was done by subterfuge, do we really wish to lose the Carers SIF also.

I implore you to attend on Wednesday 25 July 2018 and show your appreciation for the Voice of Carers in Sheffield.

You may not classify yourself as a carer or may not like the term ‘carer’ but if you care for anyone, on an unpaid basis, within Sheffield you are entitled to attend any of the Carer SIF meetings. If you can’t attend these meetings, do not let your voice go unheard for you can contact myself on carervoice@gmail.com. I do have other email addresses, namely ldcarersbuttygroup@gmail.com, which I created for the Learning Disability Carers group I facilitate.

Even if you do not wish to do any of the above, please use your voice and either contact your Local Councillor or your MP.

I feel it is important to have a voice and unfortunately, currently, the facilities to have one are minimal, if the Carers SIF goes then that minimal will be further reduced.

Another voice for Carers in Sheffield is the Sheffield Carers Centre which is located on

Ground Floor East

Concept House

5 Young Street

Sheffield

S1 4UP

0114 2788942

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday 25 July 2018 from 10.30am to 12.30pm in the Town Hall Committee Room 2.

Thank you

Chris Sterry

Sheffield launches Action Plan for Adult Carers | Sheffield News Room


The newly launched Sheffield’s Adult Carers action plan will make sure that people in a caring role continue to get the support they need so that they can care for others.

The action plan was conceptualised by carers themselves at an event they held and will support their 60,000 unpaid adult peers across Sheffield.

Sheffield City Council works not only with the individual themselves but also a range of related organisations including Sheffield Carers Centre, Sheffield Young Carers, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Health and Social Care Trust and Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group to coordinate the help and support given to the city’s carers.

Chris, who cares for his adult daughter who has autism and cerebral palsy explained that it was essential that the process was a genuine collaboration between services and individual carers and that the plan needed to be “open, honest and transparent to make lasting change.”

 

Source: Sheffield launches Action Plan for Adult Carers | Sheffield News Room

Theresa May’s DWP minister just stood up in parliament and whitewashed a ‘human catastrophe’


The UK in this is doing exactly what Trump is doing in the US and as in the case of Trump, the UK Government needs to listen and act accordingly for eventually, if not now they will be held to account, not only by the population of the UK but by the World for the distress, injury and complete lack of safeguarding for extremely vulnerable people in the UK.

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In August 2017, the UN accused the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and successive Conservative-led governments of creating a “human catastrophe” in the UK. Nearly ten months on, in parliament, the government was still essentially denying it had done anything wrong – ignoring UN accusations of “grave” and “systematic” violations of people’s human rights.

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The DWP and the government: creating a “human catastrophe”

As The Canary previously reported, last August the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) met to assess how well the UK government was sticking to its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People, which the UK government ratified in 2009. The UNCRPD heard evidence from disabled people’s organisations (DPOs), charities, and NGOs. But it also heard counter-arguments from the UK government.

The committee’s assessment was damning. Its chair, Theresia Degener, said:

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Social care funding crisis leaves the NHS in limbo | Healthcare Professionals Network | The Guardian


Four themes dominated this year’s gathering of the health service clan at the NHS Confederation’s annual conference in Manchester: priorities for the new money, avoiding another winter crisis, re-energising the redesign of clinical services, and finding, keeping and training the staff to do it all.

The health and social care secretary, Jeremy Hunt, indicated the shape of the offer to be made to taxpayers over more NHS funding. It will be tied to “simple goals” on priorities such as cancer treatment, maternity, waiting time standards for mental health support and integrating health and social care.

Hunt and the NHS leadership are pinning their hopes on avoiding another winter dominated by the wholesale cancellation of elective surgery by freeing up 4,000 beds through slashing the number of long stayers. The plan is to cut the number of patients in hospital for more than three weeks by a quarter over the coming months. It is curious that there is not a parallel push to reduce inappropriate admissions of frail elderly people.

 

Source: Social care funding crisis leaves the NHS in limbo | Healthcare Professionals Network | The Guardian

Theresa May to warn social care must wait until 2020 for extra funds, despite pledging £20bn for NHS | The Independent


Theresa May will anger social care leaders by warning they will have to wait for desperately needed extra money, despite her promise of a £20bn a year bailout for the NHS.

There will be no large cash injection to tackle the care crisis until the “forthcoming spending review”, the prime minister will say – which is not due to kick in until 2020.

Extra money for public health will also be allocated only when all departments are told their spending resources for years beyond 2020, she will confirm in a speech in London on Monday.

 

Source: Theresa May to warn social care must wait until 2020 for extra funds, despite pledging £20bn for NHS | The Independent

Make social care free to save NHS, say ex-Labour and Tory ministers


As well as that being said further savings could be made by amalgamating Social Care and the NHS, for after all we now have one Minister over both areas, so it is the natural progression.

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Means testing rules can leave people with substantial needs paying hundreds of thousands for carePeers also call for ‘radical streamlining’ of damaging reforms under former health secretary Andrew Lansley. The government should make social care free to everyone who needs it to take pressure off the NHS, former Labour and Tory health ministers have said.

Conservative, Lord David Prior and Labour’s Lord Ara Darzi also called for a “radical streamlining” of NHS organisations to roll back the damaging reforms implemented by former health secretary Andrew Lansley.

Abolishing means testing of social care would end the scandal of people with significant care needs facing bills in the hundreds of thousands of pounds for care, they said.

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