Tag Archives: COVID-19 Pandemic

‘Alarming’ Covid staffing gaps leave social care services at ‘grave risk’ | Local Government Chronicle (LGC)

I wholeheartedly agree that urgent Government funding is required, but feel that £480m is, while would be welcome, it falls way short of what is exactly required, more like £12billion. This would bring Social Care to the funding levels of 2010, which, even then were well insufficient.

Social Care is a very important service and one which the NHS is hoping to rely on to help them with the COVID-19 pandemic and the hospitals intensive care situation. But as Social Care is already in extreme difficulties to place more burden on Social Care will further deplete the services.

This Government has to understand the importance of Social Care and deliver on promises made on umpteen times by Governments over the years.

Families are already saving Social Care £130 billion per year and families themselves at at breaking point, so that saving can’t be guaranteed to be continued.

This crisis has to be solved by an immediate substantial cash injection and a commitment to ensure sufficient funding is continued.

I have been concerned about this for many years, but no one was listening, now many are, except the Government.

We all need to work together and show this Government that apathy is not a consideration, and by supporting the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care, is one way.

 

 

 

 

Source: ‘Alarming’ Covid staffing gaps leave social care services at ‘grave risk’ | Local Government Chronicle (LGC)

‘Before, there were peaks and troughs – with Covid, it’s relentless’: social work eight months into the pandemic | Community Care

Social Workers have always worked under extreme pressure, both from management and service users, the latter just expressing their own feelings and wishing support. While the former, put more pressure on top of the extreme pressure already there and if support is given it is the exception, not the ‘norm’.

As someone with an adult 50 year old daughter with severe Learning disabilities and autism, who, luckily still lives with myself and while we have an excellent 24/7 care package, this does not stop problems and concerns from occurring.

So, unfortunately I am one of those persons contacting our already extremely overworked social worker and wishing results, as while I understand, to some extent, the social workers stresses, my first priority has to be my own family.

I also hear of concerns from other families as I also facilitate a learning disabilities/autism carers support group, but regretfully we have not been able to meet this year due to COVID-19, except for email contact.

Social Care is in an extreme crisis for those who are employed in a social work capacity and also for paid carers and the Individuals they provide care for together with their families.

While, to a large extent, this crisis is down to the complete lack of sufficient funding for social care, which as always been the case, but this has been exacerbated by 10 long years of austerity cuts to Local Authorities from Government and many additional costs from COVID-19, which are not being completely covered by this Government, but all the problems related to in this article.

The future for Social Care does not bode well for the future, unless, this Government provides what as been required and promised for many years, but will they, who knows, for previous Governments have not dealt with this when they should have done.

To cover some of the finance problems , with regards to actual care delivery, I did create the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,

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

I appreciate this will not solve all the crisis problems, but it would show some commitment to do something from this Government, which has been sadly lacking for many considerable years.

 

Source: ‘Before, there were peaks and troughs – with Covid, it’s relentless’: social work eight months into the pandemic | Community Care

Tory voters want to see the Carer’s Allowance benefit increased during Covid-19 pandemic, poll reveals

I agree with any increase in Carer’s Allowance, which is only available to unpaid carers, who are usually family members of the person in need of care.

However, I would go even further for this is a taxable benefit, when it should not be.

There are other requirements which are

You could get £67.25 a week if you care for someone at least 35 hours a week and they get certain benefits.

You do not have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for.

You do not get paid extra if you care for more than one person.

If someone else also cares for the same person as you, only one of you can claim Carer’s Allowance.

Carer’s Allowance can affect the other benefits that you and the person you care for get. You have to pay tax on it if your income is over the Personal Allowance.

What it does not state here is the fact, that when you start to draw your State Pension, you are not allowed to have Carers Allowance also, even, if you still meet the other qualifying requirements mentioned above.

For Carer’s Allowance is there to compensate you for any loss of earnings you may be subject to while to are caring, and when you start to draw your pension, there would be no loss of pension for caring.

So, this is a further change that is required for it should not be classed as an allowance, but a fully recognised benefit for caring, irrespective of what your income is. As it is possible, if you do not have sufficient qualifying years, that your pension could be less than the allowance, but then that could well be increased by Pension Credits.

Source: Tory voters want to see the Carer’s Allowance benefit increased during Covid-19 pandemic, poll reveals

DWP urged to increase ‘legacy benefits’ to avoid gap in support : Welfare Weekly

The UK government has been urged to extend the £20 per week uplift to the standard allowance of Universal Credit and basic element of Working Tax Credit to avoid an ‘unfair’ gap in support during the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The SNP claim that new figures from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) have revealed that the decision to provide the uplift to those on so called ‘legacy benefits’ would affect almost 300,000 people in Scotland.

Leading anti-poverty charity, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has joined the SNP and others in calling for the £20 increase to be made permanent and extended to legacy benefits to strengthen the social security net and provide a lifeline to families struggling because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

They say that throwing the equivalent lifeline to those on legacy benefits could see 1.5 million more people across the UK, including 300,000 children, benefiting from this crucial support in 2021/22.

 

Source: DWP urged to increase ‘legacy benefits’ to avoid gap in support : Welfare Weekly