Don’t just clap for carers- Urgent calls for new deal for health and care employees | Care Industry News

Researchers from King’s Business School have published a paper urgently calling for a new deal for health and care employees that acknowledges and reflects their worth to our individual and communal well-being that has been highlighted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The paper says that the sector needs a new model of employment relations, characterised as fair care work, to tackle the challenges exposed by the crisis.

Source: Don’t just clap for carers- Urgent calls for new deal for health and care employees | Care Industry News

Age UK statistics are alarming and shame the country | Care Industry News

New Age UK analysis finds that in the last 12 months, about 700,000 requests for formal care and support, equivalent to 51% of all applications, have been made by older people and yet have resulted in them not receiving formal care services. This is equivalent to 2,000 claims from older people being unsuccessful each day, or 80 every hour.[1]

In some of these cases, the older person was found by their council not to meet the eligibility criteria set for the social care system, and that was the end of it (23% of all requests for help); while in others the older person was found ineligible, but their council then referred them onto other services in the hope that they could assist, including their local Age UK (46% of all requests for help). [1]


Source: Age UK statistics are alarming and shame the country | Care Industry News

French woman living in UK for more than 20 years has Universal Credit axed

Yet another benefit atrocity, surely as an EU citizen she is entitled to welfare benefits, or are we already proceeding as though we have left the EU.

It is stated she has been living in the UK for over 20 years, raised her daughter here and much more.

Surely all this proves she has been here. This only gives credit to the non-UK persons on how they will be treated once we leave the EU.

Surely a Government department should be doing all they can to disprove the rumour mongers, not go out of their way to prove them.

So is this the reality of Post-Brexit, so another broken promise from this broken Government.

We or I should say the DWP go after the easy targets, but allow the criminal elements, who most likely have never done a days work in the UK to stay.

For goodness sake DWP show some common sense, but maybe they do not have that.

For they are Civil Servants, perhaps not the same Civil Servants who are providing all the facts about leaving the EU, while not providing facts about staying in the EU.

Again not the same Civil Servants who in 1975 where limited with the true facts, as is now.

If in 1975 I knew what staying in the EU really meant I would have not voted to stay,but would have voted to leave, as I did in 2016.

It looks like we can not trust Governments, Civil Servants and certainly not the EU.

I say leave TODAY.

CARE CUTS: Disabled man “locked in flat at night like an animal and hides under blankets”

‘All talk and no trousers’ is my comment about East Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership. Their spokespersons says “We cannot comment on individual cases but we would like to assure readers that any decision to move someone to different provision is only taken after full discussion with the service-user and professionals (and carers, where possible) and when we are confident that the service-user could safely sustain that change. “We have been working with service-users and carers to look at other means of support over the 24-hour period, more suited to the service-user’s own wishes.

“While we have no desire to withdraw overnight support from people who really need it, we are keen to work with service-users to look at other options that enable them to be safe and independent.’

However, what they fail to say is that in this full discussion with the service user, did they actually agree with the actions they implemented.

In the case of Steven Carr, did Steven actually agree to the change in his care plan and if he did would he have fully understood the consequences of his agreement.

My own view is that he did not agreed to the action and if he did he would not have understood how his agreement would affect him and his care needs.

This is certainly not ‘person centred’ planning and is therefore not in accordance of The Care Act 2014 and is not undertaking care that will fully relate to Steven’s care needs.

East Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership are therefore not fulfilling their responsibilities under the terms of The Care Act 2014 and should therefore immediately replace the care in accordance with the needs of care Steven requires.

Woman’s anger as Sheffield Council repairs ‘wreck’ home – The Star

A Sheffield woman has expressed her anger after workmen employed by Sheffield City Council left her home ‘completely wrecked’.

Amanda Marsh, 43, said despite asking the council last November to replace her worn out door frames, she is still waiting for them to be fitted correctly.

Source: Woman’s anger as Sheffield Council repairs ‘wreck’ home – The Star

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.

Care company worker squatted in client’s home | Daily Mail Online

Essex-based Chinite Resourcing Ltd are not fit for purpose and as Essex County Council are still continuing with the care agency, neither are they


A care firm worker in Essex moved into the home of a vulnerable client they were supposed to be looking after, a damning report reveals.

Source: Care company worker squatted in client’s home | Daily Mail Online

‘Harrowing’ time of life on disability benefits laid bare : Morning Star.

A system not ‘fir for purpose’ as it is one fits all. The Government and DWP forget that what ever they introduce it should be for the benefit for the people to whom it is intended and that these people are not objects, but human beings with feelings, emotions and because of their conditions they will have good or bad days, which in the majority of cases will be outwith their control.

Yes, employment of some nature may be good for some, but not all and then what form of employment and for how long. Are there really employers out there who will even accommodate these various forms of employment and will they be understanding and be prepared to provide the required support, be it tailored training, emotional flexibility and many others.

Have the Government and the DWP even looked at what employment is there to be offered, but mainly do they care and perhaps the latter is the one that should concern us all. If, they do not care, then there is no hope.

If you can’t deal with vulnerability you’ve no business being in government

This is in Australia, but could it be near you?

Original post from The AIM Network


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Are the vulnerable in our society being cared for by those in government? The answer is a firm ‘no’ writes Jennifer Wilson.

If there’s one single characteristic that defines the Abbott government, and increasingly the ALP opposition, it’s their utter lack of care for people who are in some way vulnerable.

One might once have been tempted to use the phrase “lack of compassion” but it’s been rendered almost meaningless through overuse, and besides, in the current political discourse the word “compassion” carries negative value,  being framed as a weakness unless directed towards victims of plane crashes, and hostages. Almost everyone else faced with difficult circumstances is implicitly blamed for finding themselves in them, denied care, and all too frequently punished.

The public attitude politicians seem most to represent is one expressed to me on Twitter yesterday, after I’d remarked that it was time to leave Craig Thomson alone as he looked like a man at the very end of his rope and enough is enough. He’s putting on an act, he’s putting it on, a couple of people responded. And you know this how? I felt like replying, but didn’t, thinking it pointless to attempt to challenge that level of ignorance in 140 characters. I’d be at it all day to no useful purpose.

He or she is “putting it on” is a phrase that has always been used by people with a particular mindset towards anyone who reveals vulnerability. It’s used repeatedly about asylum seekers who express their distress through the only means available to them, their bodies. It’s used about people who attempt or express the desire to attempt suicide. A variation of the phrase was used by the former headmaster of Knox Grammar Ian Paterson, about a boy who was being sexually abused on his watch, when he claimed the victim was a “drama boy.”

This lack of care has brought us to situations such as this one, in which a five-year-old child currently in Darwin with her family, has attempted suicide because she so fears being returned to detention on Nauru. I’m waiting to hear Peter Dutton declare she’s “putting it on.”

For mine, this attitude reveals a great deal more about the person expressing it than it does about the object of their derision. It tells me they are bereft of imagination, and incapable of thinking themselves into another person’s shoes, even momentarily. It tells me they are terrified of vulnerability and must attack anyone who confronts them with it, however distanced from that vulnerability they may be.

Consider the mental attitude of a person who is compelled to declare on social media that an individual unknown to them is “putting on an act” when he says publicly that he is close to suicide. It is this mental attitude that forms the Abbott government’s demographic, and to whom the government plays with callous contempt for any vulnerability it does not consider legitimate, that is, vulnerability experienced by anyone other than the group with which the government  identifies.

The conservative mind dehumanises those it does not perceive as one of its tribe, because it does not consider the concerns of “outsiders” as valid as its own. The Abbott government exemplifies this in its attitude to tax reform for example. Consider this piece by Ross Gittins on Treasurer Joe Hockey’s budget spin, skewed to benefit the tribe to which Hockey belongs, at the expense of those who are most financially vulnerable and thus, outsiders.

No matter where you look in government and many opposition policies, you will find they have in common lack of interest and care for the vulnerable, and overwhelming bias towards groups they consider their own. The Abbott government’s attempts to push through a budget almost universally regarded as unfair, and its attribution of that failure as a failure to properly  “sell”  unfairness, reveals everything you need to know about the conservative mind. They couldn’t sell unfairness, which is their ideology, so they need to work out how better to do that in the future.

There’s a building body of opinion that the conservative mind is incapable of compassion for any other than those it recognises as its own, and the attitudes and actions of this conservative government, and to an increasing degree our supposedly left-wing opposition, fit this conservative ideological profile.

This harsh and unyielding position, erroneously claimed as strength, extends itself beyond the immediately human to vital matters such as climate change, with Abbott’s reputation as the world’s worst climate villain perfectly expressing conservative contempt for the vulnerable situation of the very planet on which we must all exist.

We need politicians who can cope with vulnerability of all kinds. It isn’t so much compassion we need as intelligence, and particularly active emotional intelligence, of which compassion is a part. I doubt there has been a time in our living memory when Australian politicians have been further from this intelligence, or a time when it has been more dangerous for them to be so.

They’re “putting it on” is a particularly invidious perspective to take on the vulnerability and distress of others. It’s ignorant, it’s defensive, it’s dangerous. If you can’t deal with the sight of another’s vulnerability that’s your problem, not theirs. Vulnerability is not legitimised or delegitimised by the social class to which you belong. When a government can’t deal with vulnerability of all its citizens it is not a democratic government. It’s an ideological tyrant.

This article was originally published on Jennifer’s blog, No Place For Sheep.  ……….’