How much do you love your city? And what could be done to improve it as a place in which you work, rest and play?
Today’s demo started rather hurriedly and to be honest I didn’t know if I was coming or going. This feeling was amplified because it was cold, rainy and my daughter was a bit fed up. understandable of course. But she soon settled down into our usual routine and all was well.
We are seeing a lot of new faces due to Stalybridge Jobcentre shutting. They don’t know us and what we are doing, and we don’t know them or their situations either. So we have to start from scratch, which at times isn’t easy. But it’s a whole lot harder for them.
I started a conversation with a man who had been previously attending Stalybridge Jobcentre for his appointments. The first thing that he said to me was that he couldn’t believe how rude the front desk staff are at Ashton Jobcentre, and how rude some of the advisors are also…
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Well said, thank you for posting
In recent news, where the unfortunate happened at an Oregon College in US, where gunman Chris Harper took the lives of 9 people, shooting and killing them when after the suspect was also killed. So many senseless and inhumane acts of violence, and gun violence. When is it going to stop? Does the unimaginable have to happen, so that we can see change, take preventative safety and security measures? So many shootings and killings have happened in the last little while.
Columbine, Sandy Hook, African American Church in Charleston S.C, Aurora Colo Movie theatre, TV news Reporter Alison Parker and her partner Adam ward and Alison who was interviewing Vicki Gardner in August, 2015 who survived at Lake Moneta, Malls, Shopping Plaza’s, on the streets, and anywhere else. You are really not safe anywhere in this world anymore.
Not only in US, but around the world. I can’t even imagine…
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Many, if not all councils are making cuts which will affect frontline services and some of these will reduce the amount of care being given or made available to some of the most vulnerable adults in the UK.
Many of these adults are reliant solely on their council funded care packages, as their disability benefits are used to fund other essential daily living costs, such as food, heating and other costs.
Some may have family carers, but these carers are already providing care to the limit of their resources. There is no slack for them to do more. many of the carers, themselves are aged and after many years of caring, their health as or is beginning to deteriorate.
The effects of any of these cuts will enhance the health deteriorisation of both family carers and those being cared for. This will, create many safeguarding issues and will further stretch the resources of both the NHS and Social Services.
Thereby creating a much greater funding crisis.
While I do not begrudge the ‘ring fenced’ money for Overseas Aid, thereby safeguarding the vulnerable overseas, but why can not the same be given to the vulnerable of the UK.
Sheffield Social Services (1) are currently in a financial dilemma, with an anticipated budget overspend, do they cut spending in the department or endeavour to obtain monies from other budgets, it would appear the former, but what will this eventually create?
What has occurred?
The Social Services budget for 2012/2013 was overspent by £6.3 million and there is now a projected overspend for Social Services of £11 million, of which £6.5 million is in Learning Disabilities (1).
So if there were not significant changes in practices or other means from 2012/2013 to 2013/2014 there would have been an expected overspend of £6.3 million. But due to Government austerity cuts, it is said that savings of 20% need to be made.
The following is an extract from Budget Conversion 2014-2015: Shaping our future together (1)
‘But Sheffield Social Services accept that we have an increasing number of older people, particularly very old people. They also expect a 32% increase in people aged over 85 in the next 10 years.
For disabled Adults with complex needs (2), there is an increase of 5% each year.
This is in addition to an increase in the number of older people being discharged from hospital who need social care support.
There is more people with mental health issues seeking social services funded support – a 64% increase from 2011/2012 to 2012/2013.
An increase in the demand and cost of support packages for people needing support. Between 2011/2012 and 2012/2013
– number of customers supported increased by 11%
– average cost of support per customer increased by 8%.’
This is at a time when according to the article 72 more jobs in social services are at risk. Who will be going and what action is being taken? Is this action appropriate? As the facts are extremely limited, and knowledge is not forthcoming due to apparent employment restrictions.
So at a time when demand is increasing to make savings staffing levels are being reduced.
If by any methods of reducing costs the demands on the service are not met, this will result in some safeguarding issues for the most vulnerable adults residing in Sheffield.
These are not people who can be discarded or left to fend for themselves. Without the services they require to ensure their critical needs are met, these needs will not be met.
These social services are priority services and need to be maintained at all costs.
While I do not have the figures to hand, it is logical to assume, if there was an over spend in the budget of 2012/2013, then there would be an over spend in 2013/2014, before taking into account the budget reduction, and the increases in the demand and resultant increase in costs.
You have to question, was the budget set for 2013/2014, a realistic budget (1) and if not, it was doomed to an over spend greater than in the previous year.
Some budget information was apparently released, but no apparent mention re Social Services
(1) © Copyright of Sheffield City Council 2013
(2) Crown Copyright. Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v2.0
(3) © The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry 2010
With all the media coverage in the UK regarding the allegations of abuse, this has prompted myself to consider abuse, not in relation to the specific media coverage, but to abuse in general. I have therefore put together an article which contains my own thoughts and views, with referencing to various websites to expand or explain some of the terminology contained in the article. To access the article please follow the link Abuse, What is it and to Whom.
If heads do not roll at the BBC and all the other organisations involved, then justice will not be done.
While the acts of abuse are a very serious matter, the apparent cover up is even more so. Abuse Protection procedures are there as a back up to the usual safeguarding practice. It is essential therefore that Protection procedures are followed in all cases.
For major organisations, as the BBC, hospitals, care homes and others to apparently ignore their protection procedures is extremely worrying. Anyone who is found to have not complied with them should be sacked and prosecuted.
I do not wish to stop people cycling, but all cyclist should realise that they are not exempt from the highway code, but many would think they are.
As for helmets, the helmet is there for the safety of the cyclist. Anyone who does not wear one is not respecting themselves. Do they know that the emergency services can charge people for the cost of attending road accidents. While for any other road user, this would, if charged, be met through their insurance, as many cyclist will not have insurance, this charge would be met by themselves. If the fault of any accident is with another road user, the lack of wearing a helmet could reduce any damages being charged to that road user.
Any adult cyclist who is not safety aware and is not wearing appropriate protection is setting a bad example to the younger generation.