Archives for posts with tag: zero hours contracts

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.


the void

jrf-in-workNowhere in the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s latest stupid report do they ackowledge the real cause of poverty – which is the relentless theft of our labour and land by a capitalist class whose wealth and power grows ever greater.

In fact this atrocity, which condemns us to a lifetime of drudgery, servitude, poverty and need, is presented as a perfectly natural, and even desirable state.  Which of course it is if you’re some chinless wonder paid a fat salary to toss yourself off at some liberal think-tank all day whilst the people you write reports about do the work that makes your lifestyle possible.

If JRF were serious about ending poverty they would not asking employers to try not to use zero hour contracts quite so much, or pay the living wage – just if they can afford it of course.  They would be throwing every resource they have into…

View original post 747 more words


At least there now appears to be choice for Mc Donalds workers, who else will follow.


This is Care in the Community, well it is the Community, but is the Care there.

Dr. Frances Ryan

Since 2009, Karen Lowry has been a care worker in her hometown. Out of the house at 6.30am to medicate, wash and feed elderly people in their home. Over the past three years, she has witnessed first hand what she describes to me as “the change”: outsourced care, neglect, and cut corners.

“A lot of the elderly haven’t got a voice,” Lowry, 43, says. “But what’s going on… it’s disgusting. Someone needs to talk about it.”

Karen Lowry is not her real name (she’s afraid of being identified) but – as the Conservatives gut £4.5bn from the sector – this is the disturbing reality of social care under austerity.

Read this week’s Hardworking Britain column in full here.

View original post


ONS figures show a 104,000 rise in the number of people who say a zero hours contract is their main job.

Source: Unions Criticise ‘Nightmare’ Rise In Zero Hours Contracts


Save Autism Services Haringey’s Mary Langan casts a critical eye over Stephen Bubb’s final report on Winterbourne View

Source: Winterbourne View report ignores the elephant in the room: funding | Community Care



discoveringsooz

I refuse to be fat forever

Disability Eye

Life, Stories, News and Challenges of living in the UK with a disability.

PROMOTING POSITIVE PARTNERSHIP WORKING

HNC/HND Health and Social Care

Black Leadership Analysis

This is an unofficial Spiral Dynamics blog. It is not endorsed by D. Beck PhD.

Invisible Illnesses

Awareness, Education, Research & Quips

Henny Kupferstein

Official Webpage

The Pensives

"The truth is like poetry, and most people hate poetry."

JONATHAN TURLEY

Res ipsa loquitur ("The thing itself speaks")

Al ritmo político

En sintonía con la realidad

Josep Goded

Seeking Truth

Stop MP lies & corruption

When MPs give a reason for wanting something - it's an excuse to suit their own endgame.

nalinidesignprofile

Graphic Designer

The Aussie Conservative Blog

Paleoconservative news and opinion

Eating Disorders

My journey through it all

Muslim Statistics

Muslim immigration and Muslim statistics

Big Love Foundation

Our mission is to use the most ethical and positive business practices in order to EMPOWER, ENHANCE, and ENRICH the lives of individuals with disabilities, inspiring them to reach their full potential! Knowing that every day is better than the next, if you believe in yourself and your ability...not your disability!

BayArt

New Perspective on Life

Campaign4Change

Breaking down barriers to change

%d bloggers like this: