Transparent and fair: what England can learn from Japan’s social care reform | Natasha Curry | Social Care Network | The Guardian

The long-awaited green paper on social care in England will finally be published this summer. But despite a royal commission, multiple independent reviews, and social care green and white papers over the last two decades, pledges to address problems in the system have become politically toxic and the issue has been repeatedly kicked into the long grass.

At the Nuffield Trust, we have been looking into Japan’s long-term care system to discover how the country managed to transition from a setup of highly variable and largely unaffordable care in the 1990s to a universal care system supporting nearly 6 million people. Although the context is different, Japan can teach us valuable lessons about implementing change with widespread public support.


Source: Transparent and fair: what England can learn from Japan’s social care reform | Natasha Curry | Social Care Network | The Guardian

No change likely to EU clock change rules despite strong opposition : euronews

On the last weekend in March the clocks change all over Europe, as happens twice a year, every year. At 02.00 Central European Time (CET) on Sunday, time will leap forward one hour to 03.00 CET, to what is often called summer time. It will end on the last Sunday in October at 03.00 CET when clocks go back one hour to 02.00 CET, reverting to standard time.

The so-called Daylight Saving Time (DST) is designed to make the best use of natural light. Clocks jumping forward in the spring make evening daylight last longer; clocks going back in the autumn mean it is lighter in the mornings when people get up.

What happens in the European Union?


Source: No change likely to EU clock change rules despite strong opposition : euronews

Today the Clocks went back!!

This twice a year farce should never occur and should be stopped immediately.

This whole explanation of children going to school in the dark and the farmers problems with the milking of cows only adds to the farcical situation.

If there is really a problem with children going to school in the dark, why is it not a problem with them coming home in the dark, especially when, in many cases there are now breakfast clubs at schools and also many extra activities at school after schools officially close for the day.

Instead of causing the whole of the UK to go to the expense in time and money to alter the clocks twice a year, why not change the times of school and may be have schools at weekends to cut down on the time at school during the day. What should be considered with schooling is not just the children and the school staff, but also their parents. These days many parents both the father and mother have to work and how many employments will be geared around school times. The whole picture needs to be considered not just a certain portion.

Then we come to farmers, can cows tell the time or do they just rely on is it dark or light. Also with many dairy herds now in closed quarters do they even see the light of day or dark of night. It will be another burden on farmers, but surely they could milk cows at different times of the day, especially as most milking, now is not by hand, but by machinery.

But, no we have done this ridiculous system of changing the time twice a year, surely now, with a modern thought process it is time for a change for the better for the UK as a whole.

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Today the Clocks went back!!

What an absolute farce. I now don’t quite know what the hell the time is. Every time I look at a clock I have to ask myself if it has automatically updated itself or not. Some do and some don’t. I have to go around in the same muddled state that the country was in when we went decimal. Some measurements are in old and some new – some in pounds and ounces and some in kilos, some in old pounds shillings and pence and some in newfangled pence. So what is the time in real time? Did we go forward or back? Do I take an hour off or do I add it on? And how does that now line up with other countries?

Supposedly I got an hour extra sleep. Not that I noticed. I woke up and checked the clock and my…

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A working parent’s guide to making the most of your time

Original post from Quartz

…………..By Laura Vanderkam

Put small scraps of time to good use. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Put small scraps of time to good use. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Much of the literature aimed at working parents assumes that it’s impossible to have it all. Yet look around at the people you know, and you’ll see plenty of people who are managing to build careers and raise happy families at the same time. What’s their secret?

 To find out, I studied time logs from 1,001 days in the lives of women balancing big careers with raising kids. I wrote about their strategies in my book, I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time. So if you’d like to make more of your time in 2016, here are some ideas that can help.
Try tracking your time
If you want to use your time better, you need to know how you’re spending it now. You can use a time tracking app or a spreadsheet—whatever works–but try to keep going for a week.
The point of this exercise is not to see how much time you’re wasting, but to make sure you’re not telling yourself stories that are untrue.
 For example: “I work full-time, so I never see my family.” There are 168 hours in a week. If you work 45 hours a week and sleep 56 hours per week (8 hours a night), that would leave 67 hours for other things. If you make time for your family during those 67 hours, maybe you can ditch the guilt.
The fun stuff comes first

Certain activities, such as housework and tending to email, tend to expand to fill all the available time you’ve got. It’s futile to wait until you’ve finished responding to every message in your inbox, or until the house is sparkling from top to bottom, to do the fun stuff. At that rate, you’ll never get a chance to relax with a novel or take your kids to the movies.

 Instead, take a few minutes on Friday afternoons and think through your top two to three priorities for the next week in the categories of career, relationships, and self. Using a three-category priority list reminds us that there should be goals in all three categories. Look at the whole of the next week—the next 168 hours—and see where you can fit in pleasurable but often-delayed activities.
Ask for forgiveness, not permission

The vast majority of women I studied for I Know How She Does It had flexibility in their schedules—even in industries such as finance that no one perceives as flexible.

That’s because many of the women had just decided to work the way they wanted to work, and see what happened. There are lots of reasons a person might come in a little later to work some days. Maybe there was traffic. Maybe she was attending a breakfast at her child’s school. Who knows? If you can still get your work done, maybe you don’t have to make a big deal about the exact details of your schedule—which gives you more room to hit the gym before work or leave a little early to pick up your child from soccer practice.
Think 168 hours, not 24

A lot of the harsh work/life trade-offs that people perceive are the result of what I call the “24-hour trap.” Maybe you believe you can’t take your team out for drinks because “working parents can’t do happy hours.” You’d feel guilty being away from your kids.

But your team probably doesn’t want to hit the bar with you seven nights a week! If you spend one night with your team, you’re home six nights. Six far outweighs just one.
 The 24-hour trap mindset pits work against family. Look at 168 hours in a week, however, and you can be the kind of boss who nurtures her employees and the kind of parent who’s home reading bedtime stories (almost) every night.
Make the most of small scraps of time

Many of the women I studied in I Know How She Does It were masters of putting small moments of free time to good use.

The easiest thing to do while you’re waiting in line at the grocery store or up early on a Saturday morning is pull out your phone and check email, but that’s not the only option.
One woman got her kids ready for school 10 minutes early, and then used that small block of time to play with them. Others seized upon small moments of free time to read ebooks, call relatives, or squeeze in some crafting time.
When you’re a working parent, leisure doesn’t always present itself in four-hour chunks tailor-made for a trip to the spa. But that doesn’t mean it’s nonexistent. Happy people know that small moments can have great power—if we choose to make the most of them.
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Contacting Sheffield City Council Fatigue

I am sorry, but today Monday 19 November 2012, I have contacted Sheffield City Council Fatigue, which has left me bemused and bewildered.

Some of you may not be aware of this condition or you may know of it by its generic name of Local Council Fatigue. In some cases it may be called after the name of your local council.

The recovery period is dependent on the individual and may be from a few minutes to several hours, depending on its severity. In some serious cases it may be caught on a daily basis.

The symptoms start by you telephoning your local council switch board over some problem you may have or you may wish to obtain some information which is important to you.  While you progress through their telephone system, pressing the numerical digits on your telephone as and when requested, the start of the fatigue may be about to commence or may have already commenced.  When you eventually press the last digit and the sound of a telephone ringing can be heard, you feel you may be on the road to recovery.  Then the telephone continues to ring and ring and ring…

Eventually one of three things will occur, one, someone may answer the telephone, two, the telephone stops ringing and you are cut off. But it may be like today, you get an automated voice advising you that ‘there is no one to answer your call and therefore can you ring back later’. The fatigue is now well in progress, but you do as requested and telephone back say 1/2 hour to a hour later.

You progress through the stages stated above and hopefully you will get someone to answer the call and they offer you assistance.  But as was the case today, you get the automated voice saying ‘there is no one to answer your call and therefore can you call back later’. As like myself you may be persistent and keep calling back, but you only get the same final response.  It is then that the fatigue has finally taken control of you.

But still being persistent, you may try different council telephone numbers and in some cases you may get through, but of course, you are not where you wish to be. So you explain what as been happening and the person appears to understand and advises you that they will put you through. So in expectation you wait and the telephone starts to ring. But, oh no, you are again in the telephone system.  But you think, it may be different this time, but how wrong can you be, you get eventually the same automated message.

You then give up and take a well earned rest and try to recover.  On recovering, you have an idea, why not send an email, so I have asking for someone to telephone me back, now, hopefully this will be tomorrow.

As part of the treatment for a full or partial recovery, you may make a posting on your blog.

Oh, I do now feel so much better and I will go on to see what tomorrow may bring. Hopefully not some of the same.