National Adult Social Care Strategic Partners: our response to the 2021 Queen’s Speech


I agree with all you say and I am supporting the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

Please could you support it also, and then share.

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It is essential that the social care funding is sorted for that is a main area, but also are

Care workers pay and conditions
quality of care
quantity of care
social care not being free at point of delivery, as is health
And others

We are united in our view that the Government’s proposals for the future of social care – promised again in the Queen’s Speech for later this year – must be brought forward urgently along with a clear timeline for action.

As senior members of organisations representing people who draw on, work in, commission, provide and regulate adult social care and support, we are united in our view that the Government’s proposals for the future of social care – promised again in the Queen’s Speech for later this year – must be brought forward urgently along with a clear timeline for action.

This was an important opportunity for the Government to make good on its promise to ‘fix social care’ and move the reform debate further forward, building on the many lessons that have been learned during the course of the pandemic.

One of those lessons is the clear and important…

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UK needs £102bn boost to NHS and social care, says major report | NHS | The Guardian


Funding from higher taxes would cut avoidable deaths and improve equality after the Covid pandemic, yes it would, but with Social Care it can’t wait for over a decade for it needs its funding now, like yesterday.

COVID, if we did not know it already that England, even the whole of the UK needs Social Care like never before. The funding increase has to be now, before any more deaths take place.

The funding situation was bad enough before the start of austerity cuts in 2010, they made it much worse and now COVID has left Social Care so decimated that no one is safe.

To not do anything, shows that this Government has no consideration for anyone in need of Social Care, it is as though they are being left to fend for themselves and this they are unable to do, hence their need for Social Care.

To do nothing means that this Government has blood on its hands.

There is a petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care, Which needs your support

 

Source: UK needs £102bn boost to NHS and social care, says major report | NHS | The Guardian

John Lewis set to permanently close Sheffield store in huge blow for city centre | The Star


This is a very real bombshell for Sheffield, even though, for many years, well before COVID-19 I did think how are John Lewis able to keep this store open. For when I did go in there were virtually no customers. But it did appear to survive, but that survival is no more.

With John Lewis going, on top of Debenhams, even though I did not care for Debenhams, but many more people did, I can’t see what is left in Sheffield City Centre, except Marks and Spencer. However, one substantial store does not make a successful city centre. This does not say that there are not many smaller shops within the City Centre, but a few big named stores are essential to pull in visitors. A few years the City Council said that Primark was a lead store in The Moor development, but while many do like Primark, this store is nowhere to be placed in the league of John Lewis, let alone Marks and Spencer.

A very sad day for all the Partners in John Lewis and my thoughts are with you all, but where does it lead for the finances through Business Rates for Sheffield City Council?

Without any further delay the current Tory Government needs to repay all that was withdrawn from the Government Grants to Sheffield due to 10 years of Austerity Cuts, let alone the additional costs related to COVID-19, which the Government promised to cover. It has covered some of the costs, but not all.

Sheffield is not alone in this financial disaster, but Sheffield is my home and therefore the one Council I feel most about.

 

Source: John Lewis set to permanently close Sheffield store in huge blow for city centre | The Star

Joint statement on the future funding of adult social care


Yet another saying the Government needs to, urgently, provide the promised review of Social Care including the substantial funding required to ensure Social Care can continue.

I have been saying this for some time and support the Petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

In my promotions of the petition I have been saying the following

‘The issues raised in the petition were mentioned on Boxing Day in a Sky News report, Social Care – The Other Health Crisis., https://news.sky.com/video/social-care-the-other-health-crisis-12172633, regarding an investigation they have done into the crisis in social care.

They highlighted many of these issues and called on the Government to abide by the promise made by Boris Johnson in 2019 in his election winning speech outside 10 Downing Street, one promise that is still outstanding.

Other perspectives were mentioned in the Community Care article, ADASS urges emergency workforce plan as NHS pressures and staff gaps risk ‘overwhelming social care’,

https://www.communitycare.co.uk/2021/01/08/adass-urges-emergency-workforce-plan-nhs-pressures-staff-gaps-risk-overwhelming-social-care/?utm_content=News%20of%20the%20day%20image&utm_campaign=CC%20daily%2011%2F01%2F2021&utm_source=Community%20Care&utm_medium=adestra_email&utm_term=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.communitycare.co.uk%2F2021%2F01%2F08%2Fadass-urges-emergency-workforce-plan-nhs-pressures-staff-gaps-risk-overwhelming-social-care%2F

Please support the petition by signing and sharing and in doing so give your support to Social Care being given the ability to survive.

For without Social Care many in need of care could have serious unmet needs, which could lead to their deaths, perhaps even more than attributed to COVID-19.

Please sign and share the petition to show your support for Social Care

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

#socialcarefuture, a unique movement of people that draw on or work in the field of social care, has today joined forces with organisations representing local councils, charities and professionals to call on Ministersto break their silence on the future funding of social care.

Anna Severwright, convener of #socialcarefuture said “While the government has set out its ‘roadmap to freedom’, many of us who draw on social care to live our lives fear something akin to permanent lockdown unless further resources are committed urgently.”

“People and families in our network that draw on social care are already telling us that they are facing increased costs and reduced services because of this underinvestment in our lives. After the year many of us have had to endure, this just adds insult to injury”

“Today we are joining with others to express our deep disappointment at the invisibility of social care in the Chancellor’s…

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With no certainty over retail’s future, are John Lewis staff now being undersold? | Retail industry | The Guardian


Is this the final ending of the High Street as we have known it.

Store after store with many retailers has been ongoing for many years,  https://www.gov.uk/introduction-to-business-rates but COVID appears to have increased the process.

Many customers, myself included are now only shopping on the internet.

This coupled with the closing of stores is decimating many high street and this is not good, especially those who have no wish to  do not wish to use the internet or have no opportunities to do so.

But it is not just customers who are affected, for Local Authorities, (LAs), rely on businesses for some of their income through Business Rates. This is coupled with the Government Grants, Council Tax, etc. The LAs need income to pay for the various council services we all experience. With less income and this income from Government Grants has been reducing for the past 11 years through the Governments Austerity Cuts. Even though this Government has stated they will not be continuing the austerity cuts, they are not increasing the Grants to offset all the reductions. Then we have the costs related to COVID and Yes, some of this has been reimbursed by the Government. but not all.

Many of the Council services are essential and even though some people think not Social Care is one.

Social Care is a vital service for those who are in need of care and their families, who have and are still going all they can to provide much of the care needed. Currently family carers are providing over £130 billion in Social Care, so without family carers the costs to LAs would be very much more. But family carers are not able to provide more and without Council Social Care input their vulnerable relatives will suffer in many areas of live we all take for granted, the right to live a reasonable life.

The promised White Paper on Social Care, which has been promised for many years, has still not been published, it was urgently required at least 10 years ago, so now the situation in social care is exceedingly worrying. My own worry is, will Social Care be able to last until the Government, not only, publishes the White Paper, but enacts the measures, urgently required.

Without these measures deaths will occur and maybe in excess of those related to COVID-19.

So please support the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

Source: With no certainty over retail’s future, are John Lewis staff now being undersold? | Retail industry | The Guardian

George Osborne’s legacy is all around us: his cuts left Britain helpless to resist Covid | Conservatives | The Guardian


This is so true, but to date nothing has been done to reverse cuts, even a proportion of them.

It was wrong then and therefore is still wrong now and even today all Local Authorities (LAs) are having to find savings, for costs and demand for services are forever increasing, while the Government Grant is not in any realistic proportion. In reality there were no savings to be made and this has been proven by COVID in so many ways.

Virtually all LA services are suffering and Social Care was and is decimated. As Polly states the poor, sick and disabled, those who could least afford any cuts to services, were the ones to suffer most, leading in some instances to their deaths, especially when the changes to welfare benefits are taken into account. For to claim welfare benefits the eligibility was tightened and claimants were sanctioned for the least failure to abide by the ongoing stringent conditions related to payments and eligibility to benefits. The loss of a miniscule amount of benefit had enormous consequences for persons on benefits, who were most likely living on a day to day basis from one benefit payment to another. For some, even the benefits they received were insufficient to manage.

But LAs are not the only authorities suffering for Health Authorities are suffering too, for while they have been receiving some increased funding the increases are in no way sufficient to maintain services at a level required. In fact the funding for the UK needs to be seriously looked at and it has to be sufficient for the 21st century and buffers need to be maintained to cater for the unexpected, for COVID will not be the last.

Also, with the state of pay scales in the UK, this left many who are in employment unable to manage. Many jobs have been lost over the last few years and even though other jobs have been created these will, more than likely, be at the lowest rate of pay (National Living Wage or even the Minimum Living Wage for persons under 25 years) and maybe part-time rather than full-time. Whereas the starting point for pay should be the Real Living Wage.

LAs do obtain funding in otherways, one being Business Rates, but these are also decreasing due to the effects of lockdowns and COVID restrictions limiting businesses opening.

The UK has never been good at pay rates for those on the lower levels of pay and George Osborne and his cronies did their utmost to ensure these pay levels were kept low, especially when costs were increasing.

One does not need to be a genius to see that this is wrong and not sustainable for a healthy and prosperous UK and which is equal to all.

 

Source: George Osborne’s legacy is all around us: his cuts left Britain helpless to resist Covid | Conservatives | The Guardian

Silenced: The Hidden Story of Disabled Britain Review – Have Attitudes Changed?


Attitudes have always been changing, and will always do so.

For in the 18th century persons with learning disabilities (LD) or now known as intellectual disabilities, but with different labelling, were more inclined to be looked after by their families and were a part of the community.

But on approaching the 19th century this form of accepting changed and persons with LD were more than likely to be placed in institutions where they were out of sight of Society and, of course, their families.

But in the mid-Twentieth century there institutions were, quite rightly, starting to be closed and persons with LD were again within the community and to a large extent their families under the heading of Community Care. But there was one major drawback, as Community Care was never, anywhere near sufficiently funded by Governments, which is still the case for Social Care today.

In 1948 the NHS was created and welfare benefits from 1906 -1914. However, the current and last few Conservative Governments have eroded some of the financial state of these benefits with a view to enhance employment.

But these Governments failed to see, either by design or ignorance that not all on benefits can gain employment and for some of those that do, their financial gain in doing so was minimal, as they were on the statutory minimum wage which in many instances was just above subsistence level and this is the case, even today.

For many employment opportunities on a salary above subsistence to be replaced by opportunities on only the minimum wage. this is in no way inclusion and this is for the general workforce.

But within this there are many persons with disabilities, who need, due to their disabilities more income to cover the additional costs relating to their disabilities.

Yes.as said before, there are welfare benefits, but these are again insufficient and Tory governments have put in place barriers which make it much more difficult to obtain these benefits.

This coupled with the state of Social Care in the twenty-first century are making lives even more difficult for persons with disabilities.

Much needs to be done by this Government to engage change, but have they the will to do this? I fear not.

For this and many other reasons I ask you to support the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

Same Difference

Children’s TV presenters are often at the forefront of social change. Perhaps this is because – as one of the people interviewed in Silenced: The Hidden Story of Disabled Britain (BBC Two) remarked – “children are much better at inclusion” than their angry-letter-writing, Ofcom-complaint-making parents.

Ben Cajee, of the current CBeebies cohort, won praise for his age-appropriate discussion of racism in October, but in 2009 it was his predecessor Cerrie Burnell who inadvertently became an activist. Burnell was born with a right arm that ends just below the elbow. She hadn’t set out to champion the rights of disabled people – all she wanted was to introduce another episode of Balamory – but when parents complained that her appearance was “scaring children”, she did just that.

Where do such prejudices against disabled people come from? This documentary saw Burnell explore that question, finding the beginnings of an answer in…

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95% of decisions in favour of parents, but nobody wins at the SEND Tribunal – Special Needs Jungle


Unfortunately Local Authorities (LAs) are not only not working with the ‘best interests’ of children under ‘SEND’ or ‘SENDIST’, as they also are not in many assessments of Need for both children and adults.

Are they doing this deliberately, I feel they are, but not because they are mean and wish to do do, although some may, no it is because LAs have been left desperately short of funding, due to 10 years of austerity cuts and the the additional costs of COVID-19.

In fact, social care has never been sufficiently funded and this is purely down to successive Government in depriving LAs of sufficient funding, not only for social care, but many other essential services.

Also when Governments put additional responsibilities on LAs, the Government fail to provide the additional funding to allow the LAs to successfully manage these additional responsibilities.

To a large extent this is also the care with health care (NHS), but no where to the same degree.

Is it that these Governments do not understand LAs and especially Social Care, well to some extent this can be so, but they also see LAs as a means to save on funding, as they do not fully understand the needs.

This has been recently be shown in the Governments handling of PPE during this COVID-19 pandemic. for they could not see the need to have a large stock of PPE, but would assume that they just need supplies to cover the usual demand, and felt if that demand increase it would be easy to obtain additional supplies, which COVID-19 has proved is a false premise.

But like LAs in their dealings with SEND and SENDIST, they never learn and only look to make saving, when, effectively saving are not there to be made, it is pure incompetence.

So when, it is clear needs are not being covered or they spend money they can ill afford to in defence of indefensible legal cases, this leads LAs to be even more short of funding, rather than cut their losses and pay or provide what they should have done initially.

This, in turn, creates an impossible situation for the persons in need and their families, who are already in very stressful situations and they should not be subjected to immense further stress from LAs and technically Governments.

The leaders of LAs in challenging the Tribunal’s to be changed is far from the answer, but LAs see this has the easiest option.

For the LAs are completely ‘at fault’ and so are the Government, but to challenge the Government for more substantial is much more difficult.

In addition the need to have Social Care, which is effectively as important as health care and could be more so, is far from recognised by Government and unfortunately a sizeable portion of the UK population. For, if you are not in need of Social care, many will not see its importance, that is, until they require it for themselves or for a loved family member.

Most people use health care. but not the same proportion use social care, so social care is not recognise as a very essential service, when it really is.

This Government needs to do, urgently, to reverse the non-actions of itself and many previous Governments and immediately provide all the funding for LAs to provide all that is required within Social Care, which will include SEND and SENDIST.

For this reason and many more, I created the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care.

Please show your support for children and adults in need of social care, by signing the petition and then sharing.

 

Source: 95% of decisions in favour of parents, but nobody wins at the SEND Tribunal – Special Needs Jungle

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge criticism over Royal Train tour misguided – The Yorkshire Post says | Yorkshire Post


Was this misguided or not?

Well we all have our opinions and perhaps all views should be considered, for we do live in a, supposed democratic country, but sometimes this would appear to be contradictory.

My own view, on reflection, is that it was misguided and very costly, while it did bring pleasure to some people as it was acknowledging their own contributions during this COVID-19 year.

However, in the current climate when certain travel is restricted, I feel now was not the correct time, as it could more easily have been done virtually and thereby not giving mixed messages, for there have been plenty of them, have they not, Dominic Cummings, Rita Ora and others.

The costs of this jaunt would be excessive, so who is paying for it, I hope it is not Government with taxpayers contributions?

Also why was the out journey up the West Coast, when the out journey could have been via the East Coast and the return via the West Coast?

It is not just the cost of the train and its journey, but then there would be the security costs, let alone costs incurred to the Local Authorities (LAs) where they travelled to, when Local Authorities are exceedingly short of Funds due to 10 years of Tory austerity cuts and then the vast extra costs of COVID-19. Many LAs are on the verge of bankruptcy and to create a balanced budget, more cuts to essential services will be required, when these services are already short on capacity, meaning many vulnerable people will be without vital services they need to live.

This includes the much maligned Social Care, where funding is already exceedingly short and the small amounts gifted by the Government fall way short of what is really required.

The petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

is very relevant in this climate.

Please support.

Source: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge criticism over Royal Train tour misguided – The Yorkshire Post says | Yorkshire Post

News by Netflix? Warning streaming sites could provide public service broadcasting | Daily Mail Online


People should be free to watch digital media how they wish to and have the freedom to pay how and when they wish.

Most programmes are repeats, with many of them repeated within the same week.

The concept of TV within the UK is outdated and no one should be forced to have a TV Licence for watching programmes via a television.

Currently people in the UK have to have a TV licence, even if they never watch the BBC and this is completely wrong and smacks of ‘Big Brother’.

The TV licence needs to be scrapped and stations funded differently.

For if people are watching paid for TV, such as Sky, they are effectively paying twice for the privilege and that must be wrong.

The concept of the BBC is outdated and you can not state they are impartial, for they are not, as all TV media is biased in one way or another.

 

Source: News by Netflix? Warning streaming sites could provide public service broadcasting | Daily Mail Online