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Workers need to know their rights and yes the next Government should make this possible. Ideally zero hours contracts should be outlawed.

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 Citizens Advice has said hundreds of bosses are “deliberately flouting the law” by denying workers access to their rights.

Thousands of workers in Britain could be missing out on paid annual leave because they don’t think they’re entitled to it, new figures have revealed.

According to Citizens Advice, half of people on zero hours contracts, and two in five people on temporary contracts, wrongly believe they do not qualify for paid time off, meaning they could be missing out on hundreds of pounds a year.

The charity found that while some employers are misleading employees about holiday entitlement due to bosses’ ignorance, others are deliberately flouting the law and are exploiting workers’ confusion.

In the past year almost 185,000 people got help from Citizens Advice on employment issues – with 10,000 cases specifically about paid holiday.

Over the same period the Citizens Advice webpage on paid holiday had 260,000 visitors.

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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…

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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.

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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



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