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Grab your popcorn. This showdown between Philip Hammond and John McDonnell is everything. from The Canary on 8th September 2017

Source: Grab your popcorn. This showdown between Philip Hammond and John McDonnell is everything. | The Canary


A leading social care group has warned that any predicted increases in NHS pay must be matched by better funding for the independent care sector to avoid a

Source: Better funding for social care needed now to avoid staffing crisis | Care Industry News

Staff at outlets in Crayford, London (pictured) and Cambridge will walk out in a row over conditions and the use of zero-hour contracts. Unions are demanding a £10-an-hour minimum wage.

Source: UK McDonald’s staff to make history in first ever strike | Daily Mail Online

I agree that social care and related health should be administered by one just one authority, but should it be health or social services or should a completely new authority be formed.

As to whether independent social care providers are profiteering from the system I am not too sure for to have quality care does cost.

If Andy Burnham is stating that these social care providers should be run by either social services or health rather than independently, this I would seriously contest. The reason being than generally the most expensive providers are run by these authorities as the lowest paid would generally be paid no less than the Living Wage as opposed to the National Living Wage, their pensions would generally be better as these may still be based on final salaries as to contribution as is the newly created work portable pensions which are being rolled out to all employees who are currently not in a pensionable employment.

The management structures will generally be more expensive to run than in a private provider, but this would depend on the extent of the profit being extracted by the owners from their care company. But with the current state of social services and health finances due to Government austerity cuts the scope for excessive profits are being restrictive.

With regards to zero hours contracts and I agree that they should not used in practice, Local Authorities do use these for some of their workforce, but I am not sure about health.

What should be occurring is zero contracts should be outlawed, everyone should be paid at least the Living wage, which would make the National Living wage redundant. In addition retain the independent providers, but insist on a effective quality control system, which should be independently monitored outwith the care provider, be they independent, Local Authority or health.

There are currently local independent HealthWatch organisation in all localities who do, at present, monitor Care home, GP surgeries, Pharmacies, Dentists and Opticians. Their remit should be extended to day services and all other care providers and their powers should be strengthened, for at present they can not insist to look at records kept by the respective organisations, unless the organisations offer them to the Enter and View representatives. Also they can only state recommendations, but these should be extended to be more than voluntary for the care providers to follow them.

Then the HealthWatch visits would be more on a par to the CQC (Care Quality Commission) inspections.

Such a thoughtful person who will not pay her cleaners a Living Wage, however, they may eventually receive a good pension.

The London Living wage is £9.40 per hour, but the advert does not state the hours to be worked. To earn £16755 per annum they would need to work less than 7 hours per day.

Again Osborne decided to side step the ‘Living Wage’ comment raised ny Martin Lewis in that it should not have been called the National Living Wage, as it is, as previously called, just the ‘Minimum Wage’. This was Osbornes attempt to confuse people into believing it was the Living Wage’. In fact many persons have already dropped mentioning ‘national’ and just call it living wage. This then allows certain employers to circumvent this topic when questioned.



‘It’s a little naughty’

Source: Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis Accuses George Osborne On TV Of ‘Stealing’ The Living Wage


Source: Council approves plan to shed more than 50 social care posts | Community Care

British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Saturday he would stop big companies from distributing dividends unless they paid their workers the living wage as part of his proposals to promote fairer working conditions.

Source: Jeremy Corbyn warns big business over low pay, wage gap | Reuters

Original post from The Guardian


With a predicted deficit of around £2bn, if we want to preserve a health service free at the point of need, we must accept radical thinking on funding

A less politically toxic alternative than charging for services would be for Jeremy Hunt to reverse his previous opposition to a tax on sugary drinks. Photograph: Alamy

A less politically toxic alternative than charging for services would be for Jeremy Hunt to reverse his previous opposition to a tax on sugary drinks. Photograph: Alamy

With NHS providers on track to run up deficits in the region of £2bn this year, the spectre of patients paying for more services again looms over the NHS.

Last year’s combined deficit of £822m across the provider sector hid an even more serious truth: add in the extra £250m from the Treasury and another £650m transferred from capital budgets and the underlying deficit was nearer £1.7bn.

With little prospect of finding the required £22bn of efficiencies, and the Health Foundation and King’s Fund pressing for even more money on top of the additional £8bn already promised by the chancellor, George Osborne, one way or another we are going to have to find other ways to pay.

We can thank the Germans for all but killing off one idea that used to be touted – paying to see your GP. In 2004 Germany introduced a €10 quarterly payment but the Bundestag unanimously scrapped it eight years later. Predictably, the cost of administration almost outweighed the money collected, and there is some evidence that it deterred people on low incomes from seeing their doctor. The strongest argument against charging to see a GP here is that it would destroy the best thing about the NHS – that it is free at the point of need. But there are other ways the edges of that principle could be blurred.

The room for manoeuvre comes at the intersection of three healthcare trends – integration of health and social care budgets, greater use of personal health budgets, and the shift of care from hospitals to homes.

Eight areas, such as Barnsley and Luton, are in the first wave of the integrated personal commissioning programme, leading the way towards integrated health and social care personal budgets. Personal budgets in social care have demonstrated their power to build services round the client, give people more control over their lives and save money. Their use for NHS services has huge potential to drive new care pathways while reducing emergency admissions and keeping patients at home. But care at home also provides room to start charging for services at the boundary between health and social care.

A more radical plan, with the Dilnot reforms aimed at capping care costs now stalled following the government’s postponement of the promised changes, would be for ministers to rethink the whole proposal and look at compulsory insurance for social care, similar to that introduced in Japan. Labour leadership candidate Andy Burnham has tentatively backed the idea.


While government proposals for anything that smacked of a new tax would face substantial opposition from its backbenchers, the haemorrhaging of money from social care itself carries big political risks. How long before nursing homes are hit by their own Winterbourne View-type scandal? And the “national living wage” plan seriously exacerbates the funding pressures.

A less politically toxic alternative would be for Jeremy Hunt to reverse his previous opposition to a tax on sugary drinks. Last year Mexico – which has one of the highest obesity rates in the world – became the first country to impose such a tax, and in May the life sciences minister, George Freeman, became the first member of the government to back a tax on sugar. Public Health England is looking at the issue.

With rotten teeth being the most common reason for young children to be admitted to hospital, a sugar tax could cut demand for NHS services quickly as well as provide potential revenue. With a radical chancellor winning plaudits for bold moves, perhaps a sugar tax could be seen in the same context as the increase in the minimum wage announced in the emergency budget; bringing about change by shifting costs away from government.

Something has to give. The present financial targets are a fantasy. Either through taxes or charges we will have to pay more in this parliament.  ………………’


Think Left

The Twisted Welfare System

Who are The Real Benefit Cheats of a Twisted Welfare System?

In a topsy-turvey world  workers suffer on  low pay subsidise Big Businesss

This is the Hidden Welfare State

From John Dutton

Businesses collectively are, by far, the biggest benefit scroungers in Britain! In fact, the biggest retail chains and many other large and small British businesses could well afford to pay their low paid employees higher wages!


Instead, their executives prefer to inflate the profits of their owners and line their own and top colleagues’ pockets with huge bonuses! Meanwhile the ordinary British taxpayer picks up the bill and hundreds of thousands of men, women and children have their benefits cut!

The following benefit scroungers’ latest annual subsidies from taxpayers are:
£67m, Next
£364m, Tesco
£221m, Asda
£182m, Sainsbury’s.

That’s a total taxpayer subsidy, for just FOUR companies, alone, of £734 million!
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