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More than half of councils expect to overspend their adult social care budgets this year by up to nearly £21 million each, while all local authorities face having to help pay a potential adult social care bill of nearly £270 million to fund six years of back-pay for sleep-in shifts, according to a new survey published today by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS).

 

The poll shows that sleep-in pay costs are the second biggest concern – after ring-fenced investment money – for directors of adult social services directors in England as they approach winter pressures facing the sector.

 

The survey found that the average cost – for councils, providers and self-funders, per council area – to pay for six years of backpay for sleep-in shifts is £1.78 million. If this figure was applied to the 151 councils in England providing adult social care the total would amount to £269 million.

 

The potential bill comes as more than half (53%) of Directors forecast an overspend on adult social care budgets this financial year. The average estimated overspend is £2 million, with the highest at £20.8 million.

Source: Social care and local authorities face a ‘perfect storm’ in funding | Care Industry News

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But report also finds increase in those feeling safe, while two-thirds had enough choice over their care and support

Source: More adult care users need help with daily living, national survey finds


We are warning national and local government that care for the most vulnerable young people is at risk

Source: Crisis over sleep-in payments could force children’s homes to close | Jonathan Stanley | Social Care Network | The Guardian


The Liberal Democrats’ shadow health secretary has called on the Conservatives and Labour to work on a cross-party basis to find a solution to the growing social care funding crisis. Norman Lamb said that politicians needed to accept that none of the parties had come up with a “sustainable solution”. Lamb, who was speaking at a fringe meeting at his party’s annual conference in Bournemouth, spoke of the “shameful” way the Conservatives had tried during this year’s general election campaign to abandon their previous promise to cap lifetime care costs, proposals which were “roundly condemned” and proved disastrous for voters’ perceptions of Theresa May as prime minister. Since 2015, he said, he had made it his mission to persuade the government of the need for a cross-party approach to the social care funding crisis. He said: “There is no better case to put to Theresa May than what happened during the election campaign. “She tried to do it on a partisan basis and she came horribly

Source: Lib Dem conference: Lamb calls for cross-party solution to social care crisis | DisabledGo News and Blog


The HCPC said texting a service user outside of work hours was “inappropriate”

Source: Social worker sanctioned for texting service user outside of work hours


Just what planet are these assessors on, even though they may not, initially, understand the conditions people have, they will have had sight of the persons application for PIP and therefore they should have looked up the relevant information before interviewing the claimant.

The assessors, I believe come from different branches of the medical profession and if this is the extent of their knowledge, how can they hope to proceed with their professional career.

Or is it that they could not careless for the claimants they are assessing as long as they get paid for assessing them.

Each of the assessors and their employers should be accountable for the decisions they make and if they make wrong decisions then that part of their received payment should be returned.

Only in this way will correct decisions be made, or is the correct decision, every time, irrespective of what is included in the claimants application, to decline the benefit requests.

This is not a way of saving money as every incorrect assessment costs much more by going through the appeals process, the whole system is ‘not fit for purpose’.

But unfortunately the systems throughout the benefits procedures and also those administered by Local Government Authorities are their to hinder, create stress and be a general provision to create untold harm to the people accessing the various authorities and respective departments.

Are these systems there to create situations where people cannot survive thereby reducing the market as death will be the ultimate conclusion and thereby make the savings that are obviously the prime objective.

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The case of a man who lost his legal bid to reverse a drastic cut to his support package shows the United Nations was right to call on the UK government to introduce a legal right to independent living, say disabled campaigners. Luke Davey was seeking a judicial review of the decision of Oxfordshire County Council to cut his personal budget from £1,651 a week to just £950, following the closure of the Independent Living Fund in June 2015. But Davey’s claim was dismissed by a high court judge in February and that decision has now been confirmed by three court of appeal judges, although he could still seek to appeal to the Supreme Court. The court’s decision to dismiss Davey’s appeal came just 24 hours after a UN committee warned the UK was “going backwards” in respect to its independent living obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) (see separate stories), and called on the UK government to introduce a legal right to independent living. The

Source: Failed legal bid ‘shows UN was right to call for a right to independent living’ | DisabledGo News and Blog


A clear plan of how social care will be funded needed from government now. In his last speech to the UKHCA conference as its chair, Mike Padgham spoke of his

Source: A clear plan of how social care will be funded needed from government now | Care Industry News


IMPORTANT UPDATE!!! – A RESPONSE FROM SHEFFIELD CITY COUNCIL ABOUT OUR MARCH!!On Monday, 11 September 2017, 10:11, Walton Dawn wrote:
EMAIL SENT ON BEHALF OF DAWN WALTON Dear Chrissy I am writing to you as a matter of urgency following on from the serious concerns you have raised with Council Officers in my service, with me directly and in recent media interviews. Please accept our apologies this email was not sent on Friday. I am concerned about the cases which have been discussed and the issues which they potentially raise. With this in mind I would like to request from you details of all the cases which cause you concern. Once received, we will review all these cases individually. I would be very grateful to you when you send this information to us if you could let me know where these issues were previously raised, for example, with a Headteacher or a Governing Body so that we can also look into the robustness of these processes. We take allegations of this severity very seriously. Therefore I would be grateful for the information as soon as you are able to provide it to enable us to review these cases as a priority. I would be grateful if you could contact Zanib Mushtaq, telephone: 0114 2052597 to agree the logistics of how this personal and potentially sensitive information can be shared. Finally, I would like to let you know that representatives from the Council will not be attending your planned events on Saturday. However, we are very keen to meet with parents to discuss their concerns face to face and we will be organising a series of opportunities to enable this. These sessions will provide an opportunity for parents to meet with senior Council Officers and Elected Members they will take place in September and October of this year. We will ensure that information about these opportunities is shared with all SEND parents representative groups including Sparkle Sheffield. Yours sincerelyDawn Walton Dawn Walton, Director – Commissioning, Inclusion & LearningPeople Services Portfolio
Moorfoot 
Level 7, West Wing 
Sheffield
S1 4PLOUR RESPONSE!!!!!ToWalton DawnCCDrayton Jackie (LAB-CLLR) Ludlam Jayne L (CYP) Speechley Carly Liesje Dusauzay Dore Julie (LAB-CLLR)Today at 13:46Dear Dawn, Thank you for your communication below. The content of which is noted, including the fact that your communication is a belated one that declines, after the ‘Saturdays event,’ my invitation, issued to the Council on behalf of and at the behest of Parents and Carers for the Council to field a representative/representatives at the said Saturday Protest March of 9th September 2017. This invitation to the Council come along and listen to, and take face to face questions, answer questions, take comments, complaints and suggestions, in the transparent public eye, was proffered to the Council, in response to the Council expressing that they wanted to hear from Parents and Carers directly and they and I saw the Protest March Speeches Section to be an ideal opportunity for the Council to walk the talk in this regard ab indeed to see and hear also from a very important group, if not these most important group so adversely affected- namely- the Disabled children themselves also. In reference to your identifying the Council’s plans to hold a suite of ‘consultations’ in September and October coming, this is noted but please know that this intent and planning had been already shared with me and others, with the focus of the ‘consultation’ as present as being upon already taken place and behind closed doors discussions upon proposed changes and diminutions in Special Educational Needs Schools and IR Units and Behaviour Support Units to in the City of Sheffield and the Council’s drive to mainstream the vast number of children with SEND Requirements, along with further reducing the number of children being allowed to have their statutory EHC Plans.It should be noted that well ahead of being obliged to go public with these concerns, I and Sparkle Sheffield and individual families sought desperately to bring these concerns and complaints to the Sheffield City Council and to be heard and to have redress ensue. All to no real avail.I note to, the reframing of what were already in-situ ‘consultations’ as being initiated as now ones to ‘listen to Parents/Carers concerns ‘ with SEND representative groups ‘including Sparkle Sheffield’ being notified of these ‘opportunities’.It is hoped that Sheffield City Council are not replicating old ways of deploying ‘consultation’ as means of mere spin or means of discarding concerns and complaints already shared over longevity with the Council, or indeed bypassing the hundreds of Parent Carers who have identified themselves and their experiences of concern and complaints against Sheffield City Council through Social Media, Petition commentary and through demonstrations and in the media. Sheffield Star Live on Saturday 9th September 2017 alone has had 24,496 views, the Sparkle Sheffield AutiTalk Channel to

Source: Petition update · A Response From Sheffield City Council After Our Protest March · Change.org

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