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Adult social care vacancies up 52% over past year – Community Care

As it has been said, vacancies and recruitment have been problems for some many years, but it has become much worse recently.

However, pay is not the only reason as Brexit and UK immigration policy have also had their impact. but there are also others being

1. travel including travel expenses, fuel is a major problem, certainly with its current high costs, but travel expenses for care workers are not generally available, except that mileage may be paid as expenses, but not always but travel time should also be paid.

2. unsocial hours should also be a factor in pay

3. as should working Bank Holidays while, as well as being given back the day worked, extra pay should be paid for doing so

4. sick pay is also an issue as there should be a recognised sick pay scheme for care workers, as with the low pay rates, being sick and having to rely on Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is not realistic, especially when the first 3 days are not paid at all when on SSP

5. as to the pay rate £15.00 would be more realistic than the current National Living Wage of £9.50 or even the Real Living Wage of £9.90,  or even the £12.77 quoted in the article

6. Care work needs to be recognised as a profession and its public perception greatly improved, as is the case for social care in general

But for any or all of the above to be achieved the Government needs to take onboard the crisis in social care and not ignore it as has been so for all previous Governments.

Yes, this Government did promise a fraction of the £5.1 billion, supposed to be funded by the NI surcharge, but none of this is guaranteed, which it has to be and much more, to £12 billion. But that would only bring the funding back to 2010 levels which, then, was totally inadequate.

Social care needs to be adequately funded, which it has never been and until it is persons in need of care will be left to suffer or much worse, even death and this lack of recognition and funding is seriously adding to the NHS crisis.

Some will say bring all social care back to Local Authorities, but it was not a real success when it was and it would remove choice from the system completely, which has to be maintained for the choices of persons in need of care should always be respected. So all the above 1-6 and more needs to be done and done urgently so that people in need of care and their families are safeguarded.

While Local Authorities have to be made accountable, even more so should the Government be and be blamed for all that is occurring though years of inactions and ignoring the problems.

Source: Adult social care vacancies up 52% over past year – Community Care

NHS services on black alert as hospitals struggle to store medicines | The Independent

Yes, another crisis, but where are the solutions and from where and who is really sorting out each and every crisis.

Unfortunately, in the UK and maybe many other countries the rich are getting richer, while the poor, disabled and those in poor health are getting much poorer. None of this is new, as it has been occurring for as many years as I can remember and that is spread over, at least, 70 years, but has been occurring for many years before.

In the UK, many inventions where started, but in most they were progressed out of the UK as the structures to gain the required investments were not readily available within the UK.

We started railways, but our infrastructure suffered from lack of investment in British Railways and still under British Rail, which was a National Institution, but previous Governments did not attend to the investments and the rail structures were left to age, similar with aviation and much of the UK manufacturing base.

The NHS is also a case in point, its creation in 1948 was great and while some new hospitals were built there were never enough. Many staff, while well thought of never did receive, on a regular basis, the financial investment they richly deserved. When you look at Social Care this is even more so, for the investment was never there and in many instances the care staff did not and still do not receive the appreciation they also deserve, in fact, in many instances it was the complete opposite, for successive Governments and many of the UK public have never thought well of care staff, except for those who are in receipt of social care.

Now, of course, they are saying the intense heatwave is creating ‘black’ alerts, but it could have been COVID, lack of investment, lack of finance and more than likely, lack of Social Car or a mixture of anyone or all and others.

Every crisis needs sorting but, where is the Government, well engrossed in the Conservative leadership challenge and the eventual Prime Minister, which should be sorted by September 2022. You may well asked, where is the ‘Opposition’ The Labour Party, well they want a new General Election, which would further delay for a new Government to say October or even November and all the while, no effective Government.

A Government is needed now, not a ‘lame duck’ Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, MP, so the UK goes from one crisis to another, strikes after strikes, while inflation goes up and up with the poor, disabled and sick getter poorer by the second and no one lifting a finger and the rich will get by.

 

Source: NHS services on black alert as hospitals struggle to store medicines | The Independent

PIP Review Chaos Spreads To Other Benefits, Motability Cars, Bus Passes | Same Difference

So much is going wrong with this Government and they limp from one crisis to another and leave suffering, dismay, injury and untold harm in their wake.

To list all that is going wrong will go on for ever, so it is best to list what is going right

 

 

Sorry, I couldn’t find anything, that is how bad this Government is.

The sooner they are out the better and the Tory MPs could start with Boris, it is simple they just send in their letters to backbench chief Sir Graham Brady, please at least get that right.

 

 

Source: PIP Review Chaos Spreads To Other Benefits, Motability Cars, Bus Passes | Same Difference

Care system: Help families before they reach crisis, urges review – BBC News

Yes, there are many problems in Social Care and the funding is but one cause.

The 10 tears of austerity cuts caused untold damage to Local Authority services of which Social Care is but one, for many services are in many ways inter-related. Even though austerity cuts have been said to be no more, the grants given to local authorities by central government are still wholly insufficient causing LAs to continue to cut services, so a real tome increase in LA grants is urgently required, more than the £2.6 billion requested for that is only for children’s social care. For there is also adult social care, housing, education, public health, and many more.

The UK taxation system needs a drastic overall so that the bulk of taxation is not leveled at those who can least afford it both on an individual and commercial basis.

Some companies, especially large corporations can limit their taxable business elements by various means, offsetting losses, offsetting authorised expenses, where a company is registered and more. Perhaps profits are not the best to be considered maybe turnover.

On registration, why should this be a consideration, surely where sales are, the customer base should be a basis for calculation, but overseas sales should also not be ignored. All, both companies and individuals should be accountable to pay the taxes that are deemed to be paid and, so-called, loopholes should be minimised or removed altogether. Yes, Accountants are necessary, but not to scrutinise the systems to find loopholes, if there are loopholes why could these accountants not be consulted by the government to close loopholes before they could be used.

But funding is but one cause for the inadequacies of the social care system.

Recruitment is another for each LA should have the required number of individuals to ensure the system is run effectively and efficiently and not to overburden staff with effectively too large workloads for just looking at the number of cases allocated should not be, but the complexity of the cases should also be so readjustments to workloads is also a consideration. But there is also effective supervision and management and not exerting undue pressure to deal with these workloads, as complexity can cause time delays, especially if a social workers as many complex cases.

But trust is another factor for there is great mistrust with the public and social services, in that there is the fear of losing your children when involving social care and this is especially so when young carers are involved, children, maybe as long as 8 or in some cases even younger, for help is required at the outset and should not be left until there is the very serious crisis stage. Social care should be there to help families and not to punish families, which, unfortunately is a well-known belief in many families and in many instances with great justification.

Schools should not be just seen as a means of education, but part of the family, as during the school term children will be at school for nearly as long as they are with  their families, as should be areas of the health services. It should be tat all are part of the same time with families, education, and health and more all working together to ensure everything is working well and not be looked at ‘silos’ in which each is separate and there is no or little working together. But again is the funding there to ensure all that is required is there.

So, no family should be deemed to be in ‘poverty’ so benefits are so important that there is sufficiency to ensure poverty is at least minimised and ideally never materialises.

But health and social care also need to be properly and sufficiently funded and not having to scrimp and save to try to ensure funding is there. Services should not be having to fit the funding, but the funding should be to fit the services. each service should be looked at to find what funding is required and then the funding granted. But to do so, a real account of what are the needs has to be there, and not, which is currently so, only assess the needs which have a chance of being funded, for needs are needs whether they can be funded now or not. So because of restricting need there is no true understanding of what the full costs of services are and this is in education, housing, social care, health and many more. It is not wishing to live above our means, but a true refection of what is actually required.

Needs lead not finance lead, as safeguarding is there in every respect and lack of finance increases the risk of increasing safeguarding concerns. It is so much more cost effective to be proactive than only being reactive, for if we are not what is the point of life.

Source: Care system: Help families before they reach crisis, urges review – BBC News

Social care crisis deaths ‘only a matter of time’, after research shows ‘national emergency’ – Disability News Service

This as been coming for the last 20 to 30 years as successive governments both Labour and Conservative have been failing Social Care, not wishing to deal with years of underfunding. However, the austerity cuts were the last straw which broke Social Care, plus the additional costs of COVID.

Money has been given to the NHS, but never enough, but nothing as been given to Social Care, only taken away.

Without Social Care the NHS is doomed to failure, as the NHS needs social care as does social care needs the NHS. To not sufficiently fund social care makes no sense, but then we are talking about governments.

Social care needs around £12million to have any chance of survival and it needs it now.

But social care needs much more as it is not just finance it is short of as it also needs more staff, which can’t be fully resourced from within the UK, so more immigration needs to be allowed.

Pay levels need to be increased and also funding for travel time.

Social Care needs help, help which should have been forthcoming many years ago, but government inactivity over the years has created the crisis in social care and only government funding can save it.

 

Source: Social care crisis deaths ‘only a matter of time’, after research shows ‘national emergency’ – Disability News Service

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes: national review launched – Community Care

We all know that Social care is in a very great crisis, not only Childrens, but also adult. But what does this Government do, ‘just fiddle while Rome burns’, in other words nothing of any significance.

This and previous Tory Governments have made enormous cuts to Local Authority funding and this in turn to Social care budget and lack of finance has to be a major factor.

As does the shortage of Social Workers, both this and lack of finance leading to massive overburdening of work on social workers and maybe lack of any real supervision are also factors.

While this does not mean lack of quality work should follow, but stress and many other factors are bound to be affecting working qualities.

Yes, further questioning should have took place, but when a social worker comes upon a united front from parents and maybe some resistance what is a social worker supposed to do, when coupled by possible lack of understanding. But also supervisors and care managers will also. be over worked.

This state of affairs can’t continue, but this Government has to listen and take the required actions, which is mainly down to finance, or sever lack of.

But it is not only major problems in social services departments, but in every aspect of social care, care homes, home care, etc. As there are substantial lack of staff in every area.

This Government is saying they are supplying funding, but a few million here and there is no way sufficient, as it requires billions at least £10- £12 and then it may only bring funding back to 2010 levels, which even then was insufficient.

The whole crisis is very, very severe and this only brings more pressures on to the NHS, creating even more problems.

This Government appears to be incapable of understanding the situation or more than likely not wishing to understand, but then no previous Governments have done so, no matter which party.

 

Source: Arthur Labinjo-Hughes: national review launched – Community Care

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

Landmark report reveals frontline social care workers should be paid an extra £7000 a year | How One Care Worker’s Dual Role Supports Residents At The Lawn Care Home In Hampshire

This is so true and has been so for many years. For Social Care is the forgotten health care service.

Much has been said about NHS workers, but even then only a restricted few. Not saying nurses don’t deserve a substantial pay rise for they do, but social care workers even more so.

There are so many staff shortages in social care that only limited care can be given and not to all that need care. If recognition is not given then even the limited social care being given currently could be even more reduced. Any reductions in Social Care will have serious effects on health care and the NHS.

The Government need to keep its promises to Social care and deliver all that is required for the consequences of not doing so are so bad and devastating for all concerned.

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

Please you support it also.

 

Source: Landmark report reveals frontline social care workers should be paid an extra £7000 a year | How One Care Worker’s Dual Role Supports Residents At The Lawn Care Home In Hampshire

Boris Johnson faces backlash after failing to honour his pledge to fix Britain’s social care system | Daily Mail Online

Boris Johnson faced a massive backlash this evening after devoting just nine words to social care in the Queen’s Speech.

Yes, he does and it is about time.

But, so it is for the media, for at long last the Media writes about social care and its chronic under-funding, as Social Care has never been sufficiently funded.

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

For more information, please see, https://1drv.ms/w/s!Aq2MsYduiazgoEy6ROxeV0abd2mT?e=IeXIaf

Social Care needs your support, so please do so.

Source: Boris Johnson faces backlash after failing to honour his pledge to fix Britain’s social care system | Daily Mail Online

Norman Lamb: Covid is widening inequality for young people | Mental health | The Guardian

Norman Lamb, former Lib Dem MP and care minister, is correct more should have been done years ago by successive Governments both on funding and other actions, for, if they had, the crisis today would not be as serious, but ignore it they did.

So, it is essential that the Government listen, but will they without the voice of the UK population, which is why the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care, needs to be supported.

Please view and then sign and share.

If more information is required then please find it here.

 

Source: Norman Lamb: Covid is widening inequality for young people | Mental health | The Guardian