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Council tax rises in 2017/18 will not bring in enough money to prevent the need for further deep cuts to local services next year, the Local Government

Source: Rise in council tax will be swallowed up by National Living Wage instead of footing social care bill | Care Industry News


Social care allows me to overcome barriers to assist me to achieve independence without parents having to look after me as they did when I was a child.

The emergency care provided by the local council has been cut due to funding cuts. I can’t access care when I need it the most.

Once, I was left for two weeks without sufficient care, and my health suffered as a result.

Until these cuts occurred, I was happy with the care I was getting, which was helping me to remain independent.

With good quality emergency care, I could live the life I’d like, without having to worry about being stuck without help.

Source: Julie’s story — the state of social care in Great Britain in 2016 | Leonard Cheshire Disability


Age UK report calls for urgent action, including cash injection in spring budget and development of long-term plan Social care in England is at risk of imminent collapse in the worst affected areas unless urgent steps are taken to address the crisis engulfing the sector, Age UK has warned. The charity’s latest report on the healthcare of older people calls for a cash injection into the adult social care system in the spring budget and the development of a long-term solution to a problem that will otherwise become more acute. Analysis previously published by Age UK suggests almost 1.2 million people aged 65 and over do not receive the care and support they need with essential daily activities such as eating, dressing and bathing. That figure has shot up by 17.9% in just a year and almost by 50% since 2010, with nearly one in eight now living with some level of unmet need, it says. Age UK’s charity director, Caroline Abrahams, said the report makes for “frightening reading”, adding:

Source: English social care system for elderly facing ‘complete collapse’ | DisabledGo News and Blog


A legal expert has warned care funding panels are “rife” among local authorities

Source: Councils ‘misusing funding panels for decisions on care packages’


Alys Phillips admits she found it daunting when she did her first solo sleep-in shift as a care support worker two years ago. But now she says she would willingly cancel social arrangements to do more of the 24-hour stints, from 3pm one day to 3pm the next.

Phillips says her work with people with learning disabilities in rural Wales and the Welsh valleys is hugely satisfying. She helps with daytime domestic tasks in their homes, sees the residents to bed and helps them to get up again the next morning. She is allowed to sleep from 11pm to 7am – but is on hand if something happens during the night.

“Things do happen, but not regularly,” says Phillips, a 23-year-old graduate. “I clock off at 11 and go to sleep and I’m up at around six, ready for when the residents wake; then I assist with breakfast and help them get ready for the day. I’ve become acquainted with numerous service users and their daily routines.”

While Phillips insists she is not money-motivated, she does acknowledge that a recent, significant pay rise for the sleep-ins has proved very welcome. Previously she was paid a flat £30 for the eight hours of presumed sleeping time. Now she gets £57, almost double. She works for Cartrefi Cymru – a not-for-profit support provider – in its office, as well as in people’s homes. Cartrefi is one of a small minority of providers that have been able to raise their sleep-in rates in line with an official reinterpretation of minimum-pay rules that is said to be presenting a “£200m-ish” headache for the social care sector.

That considerable sum is the estimate made by the UK government care minister, David Mowat, who told MPs last week that the sector faced “quite a serious issue” for which no cost provision had been made. “There was a court case around sleepovers in which the law was clarified in a way that the government didn’t expect it to be clarified,” he said. “Now, potentially, charities – and indeed individuals who have got personal budgets – could be held liable for minimum-wage violations going back six years. And the cost is enormous.” (This is the same minister who suggested tackling the care crisis by requiring people to be as responsible for their parents as they were for their children.)

Source: Social care is on the brink. This new nightmare might push it over the edge | David Brindle | Society | The Guardian


A government minister has suggested that the sharp fall in the number of disabled and older people receiving council-funded care packages is simply caused by local authorities no longer offering “non-statutory” services like meals on wheels. David Mowat, the minister for community health and care, was giving evidence to the communities and local government select committee’s inquiry into adult social care. He was asked by Tory MP Mark Prisk to explain figures which showed the number of people supported by Newcastle city council plunging from 9,780 to 5,200 since 2010-11. Those figures were passed to the committee by the council at an earlier session of its inquiry, in October. Tony Kirkham, the council’s director of resources, told the committee in October that the fall would continue, and that he had been told his council was now “trying to prevent deterioration rather than actually helping people thrive… we are asking people to do much more for themselves.” Prisk told Mowat this week:

Source: Minister suggests end of meals on wheels explains sharp drop in care packages | DisabledGo News and Blog


Some elderly may be able to fund their own care, that is until their finances have dwindled to NIL and they will be doing so now. However, what about the elderly that have been in low paid jobs and have not been able to create a financial surplus during their working life, at times only being able to scrape by.

In all this what about the people with disabilities and find it impossible to obtain work, for in the main the work or understandable and knowledgeable employers are few and far between.

This all assumes that the persons with disabilities have the capacity not only to do work, but also to understand the concept of work. There are many with learning disabilities, who are alive today mainly because of the advances in medical science for in years gone by they would most likely not have advanced into adulthood. So, they will never have the opportunity to save and amass any monies to provide for their care throughout their entire life. So if these threats come about how will they survive.

DWPExamination.

The warning signals a “culture shift” in policy to make people realise they will have to foot the bill for their care in later life rather than relying on the state. A senior government source said the principle responsibility for looking after people when they are frail and elderly will be “themselves, their own finances and assets”.

In 2015, the Conservative Party fought the General Election with a key manifesto commitment to introduce new rules designed to prevent older people from having to sell their homes when they go into care. However, within weeks of winning an outright majority, the Conservatives announced that the introduction of a lifetime cap on care costs in England – which was set at £72,000 for people above state pension age – was being deferred until 2020.

Now fresh doubt has been cast over whether the cap will ever come into force. The source said…

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The debate focuses on the elderly, but hundreds of thousands of people of all ages are made to suffer because the vital help they need is being cut. ‘In most discussions on social care, disabled pe…

Source: The social care crisis hits disabled people hard. So why are they forgotten? : Guardian. – DWPExamination.


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Source: Poll: ‘Obamacare,’ ‘Affordable Care Act’ not the same to many – Business Insider


In recent weeks children’s services directors have alluded to gaps in professional development support for social workers that have been felt since the closure of The College of Social Work.

This is certainly true of practice educators, with the Practice Education Professional Standards (PEPS) that were hosted by the College not having had a home or indeed a clear status since the organisation’s demise.

The PEPS set standards for the training of practice educators and their own continuing professional development. They were widely consulted on.and gained the backing of a wide range of stakeholders in the process. Yet now the framework is in limbo.

With no one championing the place of PEPS in social work training there will inevitably be a shift in how this is viewed as part of CPD. Social workers in the field will question its value and employers will wonder if they need to train staff to become practice educators.

Source: Professional standards for practice educators lie in limbo

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