Lockdown has brought families of learning disabled people to their knees | Edel Harris | Society | The Guardian


The support system so many rely on was struggling before the coronavirus crisis. Now it is truly broken

Source: Lockdown has brought families of learning disabled people to their knees | Edel Harris | Society | The Guardian

 

 

Lockdown has brought families of learning disabled people to their knees | Learning disability | The Guardian


The support system so many rely on was struggling before the coronavirus crisis. Now it is truly broken

Source: Lockdown has brought families of learning disabled people to their knees | Learning disability | The Guardian

Shielding Ended On August 1st


Myself and my wife have been shielding and now the Government have decided it is not necessary, so what is different now than when shielding started.

As COVID-19 gone away, No

As lockdown finished, well in some instances yes, but in others no

Do we still need to Social Distance, well, Yes

Do we need to wear face-masks, well originally no, but now, Yes in many instances

So, the Government has decided shielding for the majority is no longer required, except for the areas in local lockdown and on the watch list.

But there is not much different with regards to COVID-19, for it is still with us, and waiting for a relaxation of restrictions.

Is not the stopping of shielding not a relaxation of restrictions, so will those who have been shielding, now be in greater risk of catching COVID-19.

Will even more areas need to have shielding returned, will people who have been shielding now catch COVID-19.

Well, who knows, but does this Government care, well it appears no.

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How do you feel about shielding being paused? Did you go out this weekend? What was the first thing you did?

More than two million people shielding against coronavirus in most of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland can now leave their home and return to work.

Vulnerable people were advised in March to stay at home, or shield, to avoid contracting Covid-19. In Wales the advice stays in place until 16 August.

But Macmillan Cancer Support said people in the shielded group do not feel safe enough to leave their homes.

It comes after the PM applied the brakes to easing restrictions further.

Meanwhile, Graham Medley, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), which advises the government, has said England could have to consider closing pubs in order to reopen schools in September.

And businesses that have furloughed staff during the coronavirus pandemic must now start contributing

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Coronavirus toll on Italy’s elderly strains nonni safety net – Reuters


Paola Berardi, 70, and her husband Mauro have taken care of their two grandchildren every weekday for the past decade while their daughter went to work in a chemical company. Every summer, they decamped with the twins to a seaside resort on the northern Italian coast.

After the COVID-19 epidemic detonated in Italy in late February, Paola only saw her 11-year-old grandchildren online, helping them with their daily homework via zoom. As the country emerged from a rigid, 10-week lockdown this month, the family reunited, but Paola worries about the physical contact.

Source: Coronavirus toll on Italy’s elderly strains nonni safety net – Reuters

Coronavirus UK: Fears of lockdown collapse in heatwave | Daily Mail Online


With parts of Britain set to bask in temperatures hotter than Athens and Nice and Barcelona, social media users claimed that the PM was sending out the dangerous signal that ‘lockdown is finished’.

Source: Coronavirus UK: Fears of lockdown collapse in heatwave | Daily Mail Online

Muslim women observe Ramadan under lockdown – and some say being stuck at home for the holiday is nothing new : The Conversation


A survey of Muslim women finds many are frustrated by having a Islamic holy month in quarantine. But others say a ‘remote Ramadan’ is nothing new because child care duties often keep them home anyway.

Source: Muslim women observe Ramadan under lockdown – and some say being stuck at home for the holiday is nothing new : The Conversation

Putin criticised for ending ‘non-work period’ amid record Russian COVID-19 figures | Euronews


Russian President Vladimir Putin’s call to end what he describes as the ‘non-working period’ is drawing sharp criticism from his political opponents.Putin said orders to remain at home would end this week for most of the country’s workforce – despite a record increase in new coronavirus figures.

Source: Putin criticised for ending ‘non-work period’ amid record Russian COVID-19 figures | Euronews

Everyday ethics: When should we lift the lockdown? _ The Conversation


What are the moral considerations in making the decision to reopen society while mitigating the risk of infections spreading? We asked a philosophy scholar to walk us through the quandary.

Source: Everyday ethics: When should we lift the lockdown? : The Conversation

Coronavirus: Helping Those With Autism During Lockdown


Routine is important for all of us, but for persons with autism it is even more so as routine is part of their coping process.

So, the closure of restaurants will have a major impact on someone with autism.

For staff to be able to handle these situations just shows what skills these staff have and these skills will go un-noticed on many occasions. These are the same staff who are classed as unskilled, which they clearly are not. But their remunerations do not take these skills into account and many may be on the National Living Wage, the minimum people over 25 have to be paid. They should be on a starting salary of the Real Living Wage, as put forward by the Living Wage Foundation, https://www.livingwage.org.uk/what-real-living-wage

However, when this was raised with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock by SNP Shadow Health Secretary Dr Philippa Whitford MP when she urged Matt Hancock to roll-out the Real Living Wage to all care workers – like has been the case in Scotland for many years – and reverse the 20% cut to public health funding imposed by the Tories in 2015.

In his response, Matt Hancock said that health care workers already receive the living wage – lower than the Real Living Wage – and completely failed to address Dr Whitford’s point on reversing cuts.

This proves where the Government really is and it is not with Care Workers in the Care Profession. For Matt Hancock was stating that Care Workers were on the National Living wage and not the Real Living Wage, but was playing on the words ‘Living Wage’ just to confuse the issue, in reality a difference of some 58p per hour and that is assuming the care workers are 25 or over, if they are 21 and over their guaranteed rate is only £8.20 and if the are under 21 the rate will be even lower. Also only the Real Living Wage has a weighting for London, who are recommended to receive £10.75 as opposed to £9.30 for the rest of the UK.

So, do not trust what you hear from the Government, especially Government Ministers.

I do not trust this Government, but then I do not trust any Governments and have not done so, for at least the last 40 or so years.

It was because of this lack of trust that I created the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care’, which is addressed to both Matt Hancock and the Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

So, please see the information I have prepared on https://www.dropbox.com/s/74ckd926thbrlo8/Solve%20the%20crisis%20in%20Social%20Care%205.docx?dl=0
or go straight to the petition on https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

Social Care really is in crisis and was long before COVID 19 so, Social Care really needs YOU and so does this petition

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Like so many people with autism, lockdown rules have only added to the challenges Matthew Russell faces.

A trip to McDonald’s or the local pub had not only become a treat, but a key part of a settled weekly routine.

However, the coronavirus outbreak has taken away those routines, causing distress and anxiety for many.

So staff at an autism centre in south Wales have come up with ideas to help maintain structure, including a replica drive-through burger restaurant.

Support workers at Glamorgan House in Neath were eager to help those with autism get through the restrictions.

With the help of a local McDonald’s restaurant that was closed during the lockdown, staff sourced packaging and cups for an authentic experience as well as making their own uniforms by hand.

“As soon as we began serving up meals there were smiling faces all around and orders were flying in,” said senior…

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