The Scandal of UK’s £15.1 Billion+ Elderly Cash Cows. ‘The hottest investment sector of the decade’.


This is but one of many scandals within the Caring Industry, so called.

Not only are residents not always cared for sufficiently, but in some respects neither are the care staff, with many, if not all on the National Living Wage or just slightly more.

With such low pay are we encouraging people to work in the care industry or is it the reverse.

There is a national shortage of Care Workers, especially within the Home Care sector of the industry. With the responsibilities that care workers should undertake they should be paid much more, which in turn could lead to the industry become much more fully staffed. In which case some providers would not just employ all who apply, but be selective to ensure only good quality carers are employed.

Then the Service Providers could be scrutinised fully to ensure all providers are providing a good quality service. This would not. well not initially, have any impact on the Safeguarding legislation, but may mean that we more good quality staff the home care part of the industry could be more equipped to provide more good quality care within a persons own home.

It is with this in mind that there is a petition – Pay all employed carers the Living Wage. By providing an increase hourly rate this may be a start to improve many aspects of the care industry.

So would you consider supporting the petition.

For more information please see below.

You may be aware that there is a crisis within Social Care, an even greater crisis than that within health. This is because a crisis in Social Care will have a great impact on health making the health crisis even greater.

Please could you consider supporting the Petition – Pay all employed carers the Living Wage. Petition link https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/236151

I am involved in this Petition project based on the Care Workers within the Care Industry.

This industry is in crisis, as is the Health Service, but within Social Care this crisis is even greater. This in turn will create even more pressure on all aspects of the Health Service. Therefore, action is needed to minimise the Social Care crisis and pay paid carers a reasonable wage is one of these actions, so there is now a petition.

Please, therefore, could you support the Petition – Pay all employed carers the Living Wage, created by Flash, (Families Lobbying & Advising Sheffield), a group of family carers of relatives with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism in Sheffield who are concerned at the state of Social Care, not only in Sheffield, but throughout the UK.

We all know that there is a major crisis in Social Care not just in Sheffield, but all over the UK. This is in a large part due to the lack of persons willing to come into the Care Industry, of which the low pay is a prime factor.

Parliament are aware and have formed a Cross Party Committee to look at funding, recruitment and pay for Care Workers in the Care Industry.

The Government currently have a recruitment campaign for the Care Industry ‘Every Day is Different’ https://carervoice.wordpress.com/2019/02/22/new-campaign-to-recruit-thousands-more-adult-social-care-staff-gov-uk/comment-page-1/#comment-57 .

However, there is no mention of pay.

Please therefore, could you consider the following #pay #employed #wage#funding #government #serviceproviders #living

Could you look at promoting the Petition – ‘Pay all employed carers the Living Wage, created by FLASh (Families Lobbying & Advising Sheffield).

Petition link https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/236151
Please sign this Petition, however, until you then click the signature verification link in the resulting email your signature will not be valid and will therefore not count re supporting the Petition cause.

More information https://1drv.ms/w/s!Aq2MsYduiazglWxA60JAY_2cpvN8

We need this Tory Government to end Austerity Cuts to Local Authorities and then increase the Grants to these Authorities so they can fund Care Service Providers to be able to pay their care workers at least the Living Wage.

Please also see the HFT report ‘Sector Pulse Check’, https://1drv.ms/w/s!Aq2MsYduiazglXuM7Duz6HOYXvsv

The care sector needs to recruit 128,000 new workers each year to replace those who retire or leave, new research has found.

The study (http://careassociationalliance.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Care-Association-Alliance-Social-care-Workforce-Analysis-2018.pdf) by the Care Association Alliance and law firm Royds Withy King found that one in three workers leave the sector every year – the highest turnover rate of all job sectors in the UK.

The King’s Fund has also conducted a study, Closing the Gap: Key Areas for action on the health and care workforce, https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/closing-gap-health-care-workforce?utm_source=The%20King%27s%20Fund%20newsletters%20%28main%20account%29&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=10393870_NEWSL_The%20Weekly%20Update%202019-03-21&utm_content=Closing_the_gap_button&dm_i=21A8,66RYM,JBZ5CO,OCYQ7,1

If the Petition attains 10,000 signatures, the Government will respond and if 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in Parliament.

Please support and share with your work colleagues, family & friends, Social Media, MP and Local Councillors.

For any further information Chris can be contacted on carervoice@gmail.com

Thank you

Chris Sterry
Vice-chair of FLASh

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Some months ago I’d seen a sign go up on a slightly dilapidated Victorian house – Alzheimer Nursing Home

And driven past its silence most days, wondering about the lives inside.

I saw a large dinning table and chairs through its windows but never a person.

Short plump ladies in blue overalls went in and out .

Once a white aproned man stood smoking outside and a black suited lady alighted a 4 by 4..

But no residents.

Then last week a tall older lady sprinting along the road caught my eye.

Without bag, or key .dressed in a spotlessly white cardigan and patterned, belted polyester dress, her neat dyed auburn curls freed in the breeze.

Her face ecstatic.

Appearing to embrace  the air, the sun and trees and the euphoria of freedom.

Rarely had I seen such a look of joy and expectation.

Later it struck me she was…

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Pay all employed carers the Living Wage petition | Inclusion London | Carer Voice


You may be aware that there is a crisis within Social Care, an even greater crisis than that within health. This because a crisis in Social Care will have a great impact on health making the health crisis even greater.

 

Please could you consider supporting the Petition – Pay all employed carers the Living Wage.  Petition link

 

 

I am involved in a Petition project based on the Care Workers within the Care Industry.

 

This industry is in crisis, as is the Health Service, but within Social Care this crisis is even greater. This in turn will create even more pressure on all aspects of the Health Service. Therefore, action is needed to minimise the Social Care crisis and pay paid carers a reasonable wage is one of these actions, so there is now a petition.

 

Please, therefore, could you support the Petition – Pay all employed carers the Living Wage Flash, (Families Lobbying & Advising Sheffield), a group of family carers of relatives with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism in Sheffield are concerned at the state of Social Care, not only in Sheffield, but throughout the UK.

 

We all know that there is a major crisis in Social Care not just in Sheffield, but all over the UK. This is in a large part due to the lack of persons willing to come into the Care Industry, of which the low pay is a prime factor.

 

Parliament are aware and have formed a Cross Party Committee to look at funding, recruitment and pay for Care Workers in the Care Industry.

 

The Government currently have a recruitment campaign for the Care Industry ‘Every Day is Different’ https://carervoice.wordpress.com/2019/02/22/new-campaign-to-recruit-thousands-more-adult-social-care-staff-gov-uk/comment-page-1/#comment-57 .

 

However, there is no mention of pay.

 

Please therefore, could you consider the following #pay #employed #wage#funding #government#serviceproviders #living

 

Could you look at promoting the Petition – ‘Pay all employed carers the Living Wage, created by FLASh (Families Lobbying & Advising Sheffield).

 

Petition link https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/236151

 

Please sign this Petition, however, until you then click the signature verification link in the resulting email your signature will not be valid and will therefore not count re supporting the Petition cause.

 

More information https://1drv.ms/w/s!Aq2MsYduiazglWxA60JAY_2cpvN8

 

We need this Tory Government to end Austerity Cuts to Local Authorities and then increase the Grants to these Authorities so they can fund Care Service Providers to be able to pay their care workers at least the Living Wage.

 

Please also see the HFT report ‘Sector Pulse Check’, https://1drv.ms/w/s!Aq2MsYduiazglXuM7Duz6HOYXvsv

 

If the Petition attains 10,000 signatures, the Government will respond and if 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in Parliament.

 

Please support and share with your work colleagues, family & friends, Social Media, MP and Local Councillors.

 

For any further information Chris can be contacted on carervoice@gmail.com

 

Thank of you

 

Chris Sterry

Vice-chair of FLASh

 

Source: Pay all employed carers the Living Wage petition | Inclusion London | Carer Voice

Former DWP boss reveals how Tories ‘forced’ her to quit her job


Again the DWP are guilty of harassment, but this time not just benefit claimants, but also their own staff. Should we be surprised, I believe no, for it appears, very strongly, that the DWP is all about harassment and they are n ot concerned about to whom. Now that is the real worry, for it shows that this policy is evident through the system, a system, which appears and could well be ‘not fit for purpose’, but it is without the benefit of accountability.

Is it that ‘Brexit’ is taking all the time and and the Governments ability to run the country, or is Brexit, just the latest excuse, I feel the latter, so there is no hope, for especially people who are or are becoming vulnerable because of the system and how it is being administered. That, as I have sais, is very worrying as it implies that the harassment is embedded in the Government and the DWP and possibly many other or even all of the Government departments or sections.

What can be done, well the public needs to make their feelings known, in any way possible.

One means is partaking in petitions, of which there are currently very many, but that is because the need for them is many.

I am well aware that there are other areas of concern as I am heavily involved with Social Care and its relationship to health.

Brexit is but one of the areas of concern, austerity is also a main concern. Certainly with it impact on Local Authorities whose finances have been decimated during this Governments tenure.

I am involved on a daily basis with my Local Authority in Sheffield, so I do know how it is and how austerity is affecting the Care Industry.

It is because of that, I am supporting the Petition – Pay all employed carers the Living Wage

Flash, (Families Lobbying & Advising Sheffield), a group of family carers of relatives with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism in Sheffield are concerned at the state of Social Care, not only in Sheffield, but throughout the UK.

We all know that there is a major crisis in Social Care not just in Sheffield, but all over the UK. This is in a large part due to the lack of persons willing to come into the Care Industry, of which the low pay is a prime factor.

Parliament are aware and have formed a Cross Party Committee to look at funding, recruitment and pay for Care Workers in the Care Industry.

The Government currently have a recruitment campaign for the Care Industry ‘Every Day is Different’ https://carervoice.wordpress.com/2019/02/22/new-campaign-to-recruit-thousands-more-adult-social-care-staff-gov-uk/comment-page-1/#comment-57 . However, there is no mention of pay.

Please therefore, could you consider the following

#pay #employed #wage #funding #government #serviceproviders #living

Could you look at signing and promoting the Petition – ‘Pay all employed carers the Living Wage, created by FLASh (Families Lobbying & Advising Sheffield).

Petition link https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/236151

Please sign this Petition, however, until you then click the signature verification link in the resulting email your signature will not be valid and will therefore not count re supporting the Petition cause.

More information https://1drv.ms/w/s!Aq2MsYduiazglWxA60JAY_2cpvN8

We need this Tory Government to end Austerity Cuts to Local Authorities and then increase the Grants to these Authorities so they can fund Care Service Providers to be able to pay their care workers at least the Living Wage.

Please also see the HFT report ‘Sector Pulse Check’, https://1drv.ms/w/s!Aq2MsYduiazglXuM7Duz6HOYXvsv

If the Petition attains 10,000 signatures, the Government will respond and if 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in Parliament.

Please support and share with your work colleagues, family & friends, Social Media, MP and Local Councillors.

For any further information Chris can be contacted on carervoice@gmail.com

Thank you

Chris Sterry
Vice-chair of FLASh

Please support and make your voice heard.

Social Care in Crisis | Carer Voice


Due to years of austerity cuts to Local Authorities, these authorities are having to spread more thinly, each year the amount of money they have all over the many areas of their responsibilities and Social Care is one of those areas.

But each year with an aging population and more persons with disabilities living longer, the people needing Social Care is increasing while the money available to help care for these needs is reducing.

In addition there is an increasing need for employed carers to provide the care the people with these needs require. But there is a shortage of people wishing to come into care and why is this?

The rate of pay within the care industry is abysmal for most employed carers receive a wage based on the *National Living Wage, currently £7.83, which will increase to £8.21 on the first of April 2019.

While the Living Wage is £9.00.

Being an employed carer is more than, cleansing, washing, dressing and meal preparation, as they are, in many instances, one of the few people that the people with care need see.

Also there could be instances where the employed carer needs to deal with financial responsibilities, provide emotional support, manage prescriptions and administer medication, monitor Safeguarding and many more areas of responsibility and paying just the National Living Wage is not sufficient to cover all these responsibilities.

It is therefore, that the Living Wage would be more near a level to pay, but Local Authorities do not have the finance to pay this, currently and therefore this current Government needs to take this on board and increase the funding to Local Authorities.

With this in mind, FLASh (Families Lobbying and Advising Sheffield) have created an EPetition, Pay All Employed Carers the Living Wage.

Please see the following

 

Source: Social Care in Crisis | Carer Voice

Care cuts failing older people in England


Much is wrong with the UKs system of caring and the main factor is that it is seriously underfunded. A main reason for this is the continued Government of austerity, which is bleeding Local Authorities dry of resources.

All Local Authorities need, immediately, sufficient funding to cover all of their Social Care provision, thereby providing service care providers sufficient income to pay their care workers a remuneration in accordance with the responsibilities that these care workers should be undertaking.

For caring is not only for cleansing people during the day and night, providing meals, etc but to help the person they are caring for to lead their lives how they wish. This means in addition to basic functions such as dressing, washing and meal preparation, but also emotional support, catering for social inclusion, working to the pace of the person they are caring for and not rushing them to met their next call.

The time allotted for a care call should be focused on the needs of the person and not the length of time the money is providing for. Calls of 15 mins, even calls of 1 hour may not be sufficient as all the caring requirements and responsibilities need to be catered for in every call.

These areas need to be assessed when a Needs Assessment is undertaken and it is the needs that need to be assessed, not the funding allowed that these needs have to be fitted into. The needs have to be fully funded, for to not to means that each and every care package is failing the needs of the person requiring care. They are human beings and not objects and what may be sufficient on one call for that person may not be sufficient when the next call for that person is due. Why when some one is requiring care should their feelings and their choice not be respected.

This, of course all needs funding and this funding should be the priority and not austerity.

Key contribution of EU workers to UK health system highlighted | News | Nursing Times


European migrants contribute much more to the UK health sector than they consume in services, according to a government-commissioned report.

Donna Kinnair, acting chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said the findings of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) shut down the “damaging belief” that overseas workers were a burden on the care system.

 

Source: Key contribution of EU workers to UK health system highlighted | News | Nursing Times

When I look at my autistic brother, I’m scared by what he might lose because of Brexit


I write this from a train, on the way to visit my younger brother. When I get to Wales, where he lives in a care home, he will be waiting at the station with his care worker, who, having driven him there in the motability car, will have already have put in a full morning’s work. He or she (they work in shift patterns) will have helped my brother get up, washed and dressed; helped him use the toilet; made him his breakfast; given him his medication, and provided him with a “key schedule” of the day’s activities. This helps my brother, whose severe autism means routine is paramount, cope with the unpredictability of day-to-day life.

‘These workers are labelled low-skilled, but they are anything but: it takes empathy, resilience, and emotional intelligence to be a care worker’

You’ll understand, then, that the news that Brexit could mean a UK shortage of nearly 400,000 care workers by 2026 if we leave the EU without a deal on free movement has personal resonance for me. Perhaps it does for you, too: perhaps you have an elderly parent, a disabled relative, or a child who has been released from hospital, and you can’t manage on your own. So an industry reliant on the free movement of EU labour steps in, an industry already suffering from a shortage of 90,000 staff – a vacancy rate of 6.6 per cent – as a result of years of austerity.

Is this crisis what those politicians who spoke of wanting to control our borders were hoping for? As they continue to age, they might find themselves needing care, too. Will it matter to them then in which accent they are greeted and comforted?

We have an ageing population and wages for carers remain shockingly low, with many not being paid for the time spent travelling between visits. In circumstances like these, the question is: who cares? Who will care? This isn’t a looming crisis – it’s already one.

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Source: When I look at my autistic brother, I’m scared by what he might lose because of Brexit

Tories blasted for having ‘no credible plan’ to solve care crisis as homes face being left ‘on their knees’


This is so true, but again the emphasis is on the elderly and care homes. While this is, indeed a vital area within the care industry, it is not the only one.

The home care market, with supported living, will be, most likely larger than the care home market, but is hardly ever mentioned.

Home care, in many instances id for a lifetime much longer than the years in respect of the elderly.

All these persons, whether they be elderly in care homes or other persons requiring care within their own homes are vulnerable and without good quality and quantity of care staff they will not receive anywhere near a reasonable life.

One of the main problems is the complete lack of respect and care the current Government have with the care industry and the complete lack of funding they provide for care to just stand still, let alone increase with more disabled people needing care, people living longer and more complex needs.

The whole care industry is regressing due to the lack of funding, which then has a bearing on the quality and quantity of staff within the profession.

It appears that people believe that anyone can be a paid carer and to a large extent that may be true, but to be a good quality paid carer it is not. Any carer needs to be very understanding, have respect for the persons they are caring for and treat them with dignity. Some paid carers believe that they are incharge when it should be the persons they are caring for whose choices should be respected.

If the Government does not provide the sufficient funding and local authorities then apply this funding correctly, the care industry to a large extent may not last the year through.

This will then increase the safeguarding aspects and no one gain anything.

As to Brexit, the ability of persons coming from outwith the UK needs to be maintained as threr is already a shortage of people in the paid carer industry to accommodate the current needs of care let alone the increases that are and will be coming through.

Tory Esther McVey just sneaked out a spectacular climbdown on housing benefit cuts


This is just a start as Social care throughout the UK is in an extensive crisis and all, some more than others, are in a dire need of extra finance just to tread water, let alone cater for the increase in needs relating to social care from an ever increasing amount of people both children and adults and their respective carers.

If the Care Industry is allowed to collapse, which it is now and in some instances beyond crisis point, then we will be back in Victorian Times, a time when many Tories regal at in their wish to return to ‘Victorian values’. Are these values we wish to return to, extensive child labour, lack of sanitation, workhouse, penalizing the poor, disabled and the sick.

Just a moment, we may already be there.