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Lockdown means I can’t be there for my brother, but thankfully his carers are | Metro News

I know full well that caring is not easy for I care for my adult daughter and unlike with Adam, my daughter lives with me, but my days of doing the actual caring are long gone. Now she receives 24/7 care by carers coming into our home. In some respects this is better than with Adam, as I see her everyday, but this just brings home my inability to provide the actual care, but I do know the care she is receiving is verry good.

However, I always worry that the carers will be able to come, for will they become ill themselves and if so, will the care provider be able to send others to replace them, especially with COVID and the easily transmittable Omicron variant.

B ut, it is not just COVID, for there is a very large shortage of carers and has been for sometime, but the lack of carers is becoming more serious.

Not only because of COVID, but many other reasons

One being funding for Social Care has not been sufficiently funded for many years and this has been getting worse over the years. There has been from 2010 over 10 years of severe austerity cuts imposed on all Local Authorities, (LAs) by this and other Conservative Governments then followed by going on 2 years of COVID costs.

The salaries received by care worker are very poor, many only on the National Living Wage of £8.91 per hour, rather than the Real Living Wage of £9.90 per hour. Even the £9.90 is too low when people can earn around £14 per hour at Amazon and £13/£14 per hour at supermarkets where the responsibilities are not as demanding.

So there are low numbers of people wishing to come into the care profession, but we are all grateful for those that do. The numbers used to be supplemented by Non-UK workers, but the introduction of the Immigration Act 2021, reduced the ability of non-UK persons to enter the UK for work, especially those from the UK, which the care profession and some parts of the NHS have relied upon.

Now there is the mandatory vaccination of frontline carer and  NHS workers, with the deadline for care home workers already passed and other care and NHS workers to be here soon  in 2022.

So, this has already made that certain care home workers have had to be made unable to work in the care profession. While I agree that vaccinations are required, mandatory was not really the line to go down.

There are other difficulties, some of which are, lack of sick pay, travel allowance, working condition and much more.

Social Care has been in crisis for many years, but the crisis is now becoming much deeper, so workers  may not be there to cover as they used to be, so how will those in need of care b e able to be cared for.

This Government by design or not appears to be incapable or not wishing to solve these problem areas, so thereby causing people in need of care to suffer or even worse. This not only affects the care profession, but the very treasured NHS and while this Government says it wishes to look after the NHS, by its actions or many inactions, it is not doing so.

Yet again a very serious lack of care from  this Government. It says it cares, but in reality it does not.

 

Source: Lockdown means I can’t be there for my brother, but thankfully his carers are | Metro News

University of Sheffield study reveals reasons why some care workers remain unvaccinated | The Star

The majority of unvaccinated care workers who fear losing their jobs as a result of mandatory vaccination ruled did not receive the jabs due to poor working conditions, a University of Sheffield study reveals.

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It is well-known that the working conditions and pay for care workers are exceedingly poor and I can quite believe that these are some reasons why some care workers did not get vaccinated, no sick pay being another valid reason. These areas need to be rectified, but this is again down to the Government, yes, the same Government who introduced this no vaccination policy.

Why is it down to Government, well Social care is mainly financed by Local Authorities, (LAs) paying Care Service Providers so they in turn can pay their care workers. But to do this LAs rely to a large extent on the Government Grants they receive to finance Social Care and many other areas under the control of LAs. But since 2010 LAs were subjected to austerity cuts by successive Tory Governments, for 10 years to force them to make saving where in most instances there were not savings to be made, except by reducing funding for essential services with social care being made. LAs had to make many redundancies within their own workforces meaning services to residents where also reduced and maybe even cost much more.

Currently these cuts have not been dealt with by this Government in reimbursing LAs for all the funding, which in my view was taken away without due consideration on how services would be continued, So with costs increasing to inflation as well as salary increases with regards to at least increases in the National Living Wage, which were required, but it is not in any way a ‘Living Wage’ for from it and taxable as well, surely the Tax free allowances should be as the National Living Wage.

Now we see from the University of Sheffield study this austerity legislation and the inability or down-right refusals to reimburse these cuts is leading to persons not complying with other legislation from this Government re COVID vaccinations.

Care workers, especially in Care Homes have been considerably let down by this Government, letting COVID patient be discharged from hospitals is but one let down. But it is not just care workers who have been let down, but also the persons in need of care and also their families.

MPs are saying they can’t exist on their salaries, which are far in excess of those for care workers. There is already a large insufficiency of care workers and this will only make matters worse.

Not only that, but the problems in social care caused by the Government are also affecting the NHS for people are becoming more sick and hospitals are having bed shortages as there is not the availability of aftercare for persons who could be discharged from hospitals.

Care is interrelated within health and social care for one can’t exist without the other.

Hospitals are again in crisis, but this Government is still unwilling to reintroduce mandatory wearing of face covering and social distancing, surely the least this Government should do.

This Government is failing in all areas, is it a ‘Nero Government’, Emperor Nero was supposed to have ‘fiddled while Rome burnt‘. well it is looking like it is fiddling something or is that just ‘Boris’.

Social Care needs much more additional funding and while I agree everyone in all aspects of front-line care should be vaccinated, is mandatory really the only way.

 

Source: University of Sheffield study reveals reasons why some care workers remain unvaccinated | The Star

Care Workers Charity responds to extension of vaccination legislation to wider care and health settings Care Workers Charity responds to extension of vaccination legislation to wider care and health settings

Care Workers Charity responds to extension of vaccination legislation to wider care and health settings The Care Workers Charity is disappointed in today’s government announcement which will make vaccination a condition of deployment in health and wider social care settings which will impact not only healthcare staff, but also former social care workers who were forced to leave the sector to move to the NHS

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There is a conflict here between a persons Human Rights and the Duty of Care but this is not new for is there the same objections to having the Hepatitis B injection. A person in any frontline care occupation needs to fully abide by the Duty of Care and by not having all vaccinations to safeguard the persons they are caring for they are failing in that Duty of Care.

To try to strengthen their argument they are raising the issue of the abysmal rates of pay and the misguided view that care work is unskilled for the pay is extremely abysmal when it should not be and the work that care workers due, especially when it is good quality care, which it should always be. For providing care should not be just attending work and provide care to any standard, for it should always be to a good quality standard where the choices and dignity of those being cared for are always being abided by.

Unfortunately in some instances care provided is on the basis of ‘one fits all, when care to provide good quality should always be on an individual basis in such a way that choice and dignity ate always respected for why should a cared for person be cared for in a way which is not of their choice.

Much needs to be done in the caring profession and that includes being paid in line with the responsibilities being undertaken, which I feel should be in the region of at least £14 per hour rather the £10 or even less per hour.

But this would require the same Government who are insisting on care workers being fully COVID-19 being fully vaccinated for one should not be without the other.

So, the Government is wrong, but for different reasons for no one should be forced to work on an insufficient salary basis, so with immediate effect all care workers should be entitled to receive a pay of at least £14 per hour, while a starting rate of £15 would be more appropriate.

So I say to the Government to immediate reverse all austerity cuts to Local Authorities (LAs) and to raise the grant so to that LAs can pay Care Providers sufficient for the Care Providers to pay their care workers at least £14/15 per hour to make the employment more attractive for people to enter.

As weel i would say the Government need to include Care work as one of the protected employments for immigration purposes, so that will require an immediate alteration to the UK Immigration rules.

There is much more to be done as care workers need to have their terms of employment greatly improved, so that all travel expenses are covered, guaranteed holiday and sick pay paid, a easily seen career structure introduced, additional pay for any further skills required, such as specialised feeding, dispensing medication, working with special mobility equipment, such as hoists and standing aids, working unsocial hours and much more.

Care work is essential work so that our most loved relatives can be cared for with good quality care being guaranteed and the care workers should be viewed as the great workers they are and have working terms and conditions that fully respect their skills.

 

Source: Care Workers Charity responds to extension of vaccination legislation to wider care and health settings Care Workers Charity responds to extension of vaccination legislation to wider care and health settings

Homecare costs outstrip funding from councils, says report – BBC News

Well, at long last home care is getting some coverage, for on the few occasions social care is mentioned it is usually only regarding care homes and the elderly. But Social Care is much more than that, for there is home care, respite, care, supported living, hospices and more and covers both children and adults.

Here we have home care, which as stated, is mostly paid for through local authorities (LAs) who obtain their funding from Government. However, LAs have suffered 10 years of austerity cuts and going on 2 years of increased costs from COVID and are still not being paid the equivalent to what they were being paid in 2010. So, there is major Government failings here.

Home carers are paid, mostly from £8.91 per hour,the National Living Wage to £9.50 per hour, the Real Living Wage. So, the Care Providers have to be paid much more so they can pay their care workers, which is why there are much higher rates mentioned in the article. For Care providers, have other expenses than just paying care workers, being, office expenses, administration staff salaries, training, recruitment, payroll costs, etc.

In the article it is stating that the pay rate needs to increase to £11.20 per hour, but this is the very bare minimum, but to have any real affect the rate needs to be increased to at least £14.00 per hour and more likely £15 per hour, to offset the rates at Amazon and some supermarkets.

Most people, even the Government class care work as unskilled when it is far from it, as to provide good quality care the care workers need to know who they are caring for, provide emotional support as well as personal care, respect the choices of the person being cared for and their property, be able to understand how to use all the equipment the care for person has, adjust the care to how the person being cared for is on any particular occasion, provide meals as wished for by the person being cared for, understand their medication and much more. So, depending on the person being cared for it is very skilled to provide good quality care. Therefore not everyone is capable of being a skilled care worker.

Due to the insufficient pay there are a vast number of vacancies in social care and to get anywhere near the numbers required the UK Immigration Policy has to be altered to enable more workers from out of the  UK to gain entry to work in the UK. and this needs to be done urgently.

So, much needs to be done in respect of social care in the UK and this starts with the Government

Source: Homecare costs outstrip funding from councils, says report – BBC News

Care homes are desperately short of staff – why no emergency UK visas for them? | Simon Jenkins | The Guardian

The main difference between lorry drivers and care staff is that the Government feel they will have public support for any U-turn on lorry drivers but not for social care. This is due to the mistaken public opinion of care workers, which is reinforced by Government policy.

Also the Government feels the u-turn will be a quick fix and then the visas will be no more, but for care the visas will need to be long going, perhaps forever.

Also haulage firms are deciding to pay lorry drivers more, but this is not a luxury that is available in care, as because of years of underfunding of local authorities and even more so with the 10 years of austerity cuts the funding is not there for local authorities to pay care providers more so they in turn could pay their care workers more, with most of them only on the currently National Living Wage of £8.91 per hour or at least no more than £10 per hour when they could receive around £14 per hour for working in Supermarkets and Amazon for a much less skilled job than care and certainly much less responsibility.

I also, once again wish to stress that social care is not just for the elderly and care homes for many children and certainly adults are in need of receiving social care in home care, supported living, respite, hospices and more.

I agree the Government needs to do more for care but will they for they know the public support is not there, but many of the public are in denial for there will come a time when they themselves could well be in need of social care, but if something is not done urgently then social care could not be there when they themselves need it.

Also it needs to be said that for any deficit in social care more need is placed on the NHS, which the public do care about.

 

: Care homes are desperately short of staff – why no emergency UK visas for them? | Simon Jenkins | The Guardian

NHS facing ‘unforgivable’ workforce crisis as number of doctors stands 25 years behind similar EU nations | Yorkshire Post

This is disgraceful, but it is what occurs when Governments are responsible for financing organisations, for the finance given is only what each Governments feels is sufficient, not whether it is sufficient or not.

It is the same with pay rises, which is of course a matter of concern currently, as only a derisory 1% has been put forward so far. But even when a pay uplift is authorised, it is usual for no additional funding to be given, but just taken from the funding already in place, so thereby making an insufficient funding even more insufficient.

Is this the way for any organisation to be funded, well the answer is no and especially an organisation, such as the NHS, which is a very essential service.

But, at least they are receiving some increased funding, which can’t be said for social care, for if the NHS is in crisis, the crisis in Social Care is even more so. When considering the close relationship between the NHS and Social Care is even more worrying news, for any crisis in Social Care will cause even more demands on the NHS, causing even more demands on the insufficient funding on the NHS.

So, what is the answer, well the answer is that both the NHS and Social Care need to be sufficiently fund, not tomorrow, but immediately, for any delays will only increase the extent of the crisis in both the NHS and Social Care.

This is why I support the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

So if you care for either the NHS or Social Care or both, then you need to be considering supporting this petition.

 

: NHS facing ‘unforgivable’ workforce crisis as number of doctors stands 25 years behind similar EU nations | Yorkshire Post

Sleep-in care workers not entitled to minimum wage, supreme court rules | Care workers | The Guardian

So with this ruling Care Workers are back to ‘square one’, especially if the sleep-in rate reverts back to being £30 – £35 flat rate. Assuming a person only works ‘sleep-ins, would this be a liveable income, most likely not and could mean carers not wishing to do sleep-ins and this would be detrimental for the persons whose care package includes sleep-ins. This also has a bearing on the whole pay package for care workers, as, is the National Living Wage, currently £8.72 per hour, sufficient for the responsibilities that care workers should be undertaking. For, across the board for most care workers there pay is abysmal and could be a main reason why there is a national shortage of persons willing to undertake care work.

I, personally feel that the daily starting rate should be as declared by the Living Wage Foundation, being the Real Living Wage, currently £9.50 per hour and this could still be low for the responsibilities undertaken by Care Workers.

For being a care worker, is not as many feel ‘just wiping bums and putting food in front of the persons they are providing care for.

For these responsibilities include

Emotional support as and when needed

putting the person being cared for at the centre and providing care as directed by that person

ensuring the person in receipt of care is being kept safe, especially so if that person has some lack of capacity

these are some of the responsibilities, but there are many other.

providing care should never be on a ‘one fits all basis’ for, even though caring may be necessary they are still individuals, just as we all are, and not object to be treated the same. We would not want it so, neither should people who require some form of care.

Also, the working conditions for care workers is far from good and in many instances, especially in respect of home care, the timing of visits, both in view of the time of the visit, the length of the visit and others is also well insufficient.

Unfortunately when caring is mentioned, people usually assume this is in respect of care homes, but the areas of care include many others, some being, home care, supported living, respite, hospices, etc. and includes children as well as adults.

Also a person in need of care could have many health and mental conditions, for while dementia could be a major area in care homes, a person could have one condition, but more likely a mixture of conditions, including mental health, learning disabilities, autism and many others.

So, a one fits all approach is never the correct approach as care needs to be adjusted to the needs, feelings and choice of each person and these adjustments could well need to be altered on a daily basis, if not, even shorter time periods.

Just because a person is in receipt of care does not mean their rights are diminished and their right have to be respected. It should go without question that a persons dignity be upheld, but I fear, that in m any instances it is not.

Care is essential and therefore Social Care should not be looked at as being less  essential than health care, for they should be seen as, at least equal, if not social care being more essential than health care.

But Social Care has been well underfunded for many years, if not for ever, and this needs to change urgently. With the 10 years of austerity cuts and now COVID-19 the underfunding is now greatly increased.

Lessons should have been learnt during the current COVID pandemic but will they be, well we should all see that they are.

There have been many Government promises to look at Social Care by this and many previous Governments, in fact when Boris Johnson gave his 2019 Election victory speech he implied that he had a plan and would urgently implement such plan. Well it is now 2021, some one and a half years since his speech and Social Care and those in need of Social Care are still waiting. This has to be dealt with, like today, but should have been yesterday and certainly not tomorrow.

The promised White Paper needs to be released immediately without any further delays.

I support the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

I, therefore ask for you to support this petition, so without any further delay, please use the above link to the petition, and show your support by signing it and then sharing it widely.

Thank you

Source: Sleep-in care workers not entitled to minimum wage, supreme court rules | Care workers | The Guardian

PAs and Care workers in UK under the new immigration system- please sign our letter – DPAC

If this Government does not act immediately to save Social Care then there could, soon, be little or no Social Care to speak of.

Care workers from outside the UK are just one aspect for there are many more and this Government, as was the case with previous Governments, is doing nothing except vague promises. But these promises are never kept, so action on many fronts is required.

I am going to sign the letter and would ask you to consider signing the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

 

Source: PAs and Care workers in UK under the new immigration system- please sign our letter – DPAC

Differences between key workers – Institute For Fiscal Studies- IFS

I welcome this work done by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, in so far as it goes, but I do feel further work is required, especially now that we are no longer in the EU, so a range could be UK, EU, non-UK/EU.

Further, a more in depth look at Social Care, as does it include non-care workers, of these non-care workers, a split between Social Workers, others in Local Authority departments, and a more defined split of actual care workers, with regards to workers in care homes, home care workers, respite, supported living, hospices, etc and also split between children and adult care workers.

Also a more in depth split in health into the various health sectors, Doctors, Consultants, nurses, catering, technicians, domestics, administration, etc.

Possible in depth in other areas also.

For this would show the deplorable situations within Social Care and other areas.

Much is said about qualifications, but in Social Care, while qualifications  are important, the knowledge about how to care is of even greater importance and this is the qualification of life.

For in care it is not just about turning up, and for some they do not turn up, but how you care when you do. As in care you are not there to care how you yourself feel, but how the person you are caring for feels, show them respect and respect their property.

However, these skills are not taken into account in the rate of pay for caring, when they should be, thereby making the pay rates to be far too low for the responsibilities undertaken by care workers.

Then there is the Government , public and media attention to the respect for care workers and this needs to change. For care workers are there to help those in need of care to live a life of their own choosing and not chosen by Government, the public, media and in some instances care workers.

For this to have any reasonable chance of being achieved the Government needs to reimburse LAs for all the austerity cuts put on them by previous Tory Governments and the additional costs relating to COVID-19.

However, this would only bring the finance situation to that of 2010, which at that time was very much insufficient, for when you look at Social Care it has never been sufficiently funded and this is down to all Government, be they Labour or Conservative and maybe others, if we go back far enough.

There have been many promises, by many Governments to sort out funding and many other aspects relating to Social Care, but none have do so, thereby creating many aspects of crisis in Social Care over the years.

This can’t be allowed to continue and to bring the matter to the attention of everyone, I created the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care.

I ask you all to, please sign this petition and then share within your own networks.

Some more information can be found here, should it be required.

 

Source: Differences between key workers – Institute For Fiscal Studies – IFS

England is facing another needless Brexit disaster: care home staff shortages | Care workers | The Guardian

While the article is correct in the facts on staff shortages in care, it continues the false impression of social care as care in Care Homes is just one part of social care, albeit an essential part. But all care in social care is essential be it in Home Care, Respite, Hospices, Supported Living, etc

So lack of care staff effects all aspects of social care, so it will not be just the elderly affected, but all persons in need of care be they be children or adults.

This is a very serious crisis on top of the also funding crisis, which again is down to the Government, as their promised review of social care is still awaited, having been promised for many years. The Cameron Governments being from 2010-2016 promised this review but decided to delay the review implementation until 1 April 2020, which passed without comment, was this because of COVID-19 or was that just a convenient excuse, if Boris was challenged.

The funding crisis is extremely serious and could if not dealt with see the complete failure and decimation of social care, leaving those in need of care, even more vulnerable than they already are.

So, if multiple actions are not taken social care will cease due to serious lack of funding and people to provide the care.

Should a miracle occur and Boris puts his hand in his pocket and provides the required funding, social care will still fail due to the serious staffing shortage.

So no Christmas Cheer for people in need of care, that is unless support is forthcoming for the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

 

 

England is facing another needless Brexit disaster: care home staff shortages | Care workers | The Guardian