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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 workers in England leaving for Amazon and other better-paid jobs | Care workers | The Guardian

I have been forecasting this for many years, but no one was listening, especially the Government and the Government is still not listening.

Amazon and other organisations can afford to offer these salaries of over £13 per hour but the care profession can’t unless a massive increase in funding but brought in, so carers are being paid either the national |Living Wage of £

Social Care has always been insufficiently funded, meaning care workers have not been allowed to earn a salary more in keeping with the care work they do.

But the Government insisted in forcing Local Authorities to accept austerity measures, when there was insufficient areas in which they could make saving without cutting back on essential services. The poor, disabled and the sick depend on all these essential services in order for them to lead reasonable lives. and social care is a necessity for them.

By not having sufficient care staff, persons in need of care are not always receiving good quality care, if at all.

So care workers are having to survive on the National Living Wage of £8.91 or in some instances the Read Living Wage of £9.50 or varying rates in-between.  For people to come into the Care profession the starting rate should be £14.00 per hour and the differentials be maintained in the years to come.

Then the other areas should be looked at

sick pay arrangements

Holiday pay

travel expenses

unsocial hours compensation

and others

Also, please could people resist in thinking Social Care is only for the elderly and care homes, for it is not although the elderly may be, currently the majority. For social care is there for anyone, or should be, who needs it, be they children or adults and it will cover Home Care, Respite, Supported Living, Hospices, etc.

The Government should be funding Local Authorities to enable them to fund care workers salaries to £14 per hour as well as bring the Government Grants back to at least pre 2010 levels for other council spending. This would then ensure that Local Governments could provide services more fitting to the 21st Century rather than the 18th/19th century.

This all needs to be addressed immediately for by the promise of the end of the year could well be too late or is that what the Government is really wishing for, as by that time many unnecessary deaths could have occurred.

During all this Government dithering, it is causing more demands on NHS resources at a time when the NHS is still dealing with COVID and the lengthening waiting lists due to the many deferred instances for people requiring non-COVID procedures as well as all the increasing demands due to long COVID ailments and conditions.

 

 

Source: Care workers in England leaving for Amazon and other better-paid jobs | Care workers | The Guardian

After scandals like Winterbourne View, why is basic decency still remarkable? | Sara Ryan | The Guardian

It is a continual shame on our Society that these abuses for persons with learning (Intellectual) disabilities and/or Autism are still occurring, not just occasion ally, but with regularity.

What ‘have we learned’, or should it be ‘why have we not learned’ for the immortal phrase ‘Lessons will be Learned’, which is always stated but never accomplished or is it even, never started.

For to learn there has to be a wish to do so, not just for a few but all.

It should be that everyone receives good quality care, but they do not. Some put forward the lack of a reasonable pay structure, but would increasing pay for carers really make any difference, for good quality and consistent care should be there no matter how much a person earns.

Not to say that carers should not be receiving a reasonable salary for the work that they do, for they should and the starting point should be the Real Living Wage and not the National Living Wage or even less if the carer is below age 23.

Unfortunately it is not just the Care and Treatment Centres that abuses occur for they could occur in any care setting, be it care homes, home care, supported living, respite, etc.

Is CQC, (Care Quality Commission) up to checking on the quality of care, well that is the question, for they should be, but I feel so much time is spent checking on records and insufficient on actual care delivery. I say this for anything can be written in a record, but actual care delivery is there for all to see.

It is so true that care is nowhere sufficiently funded and the total blame can’t be placed on Local Authorities for they are funded by the Government to a large extent and this and previous Governments have failed completely to fund Social Care anywhere near sufficiently.

Again it is true that the Government do not directly fund Social Care, but forward a grant to local authorities (LAs) for their complete areas of responsibilities and  LAS then split the grant over all their responsibilities, but it is the Grants that woefully insufficient. Not only tat but for 10 years LAs were subjected to Austerity Cuts in order to make savings, where savings could not realistically be made, so cuts were the order of the day.

Not only that, but then there have been the additional costs due to COVID, which the Government promised to cover, which they have to some extent, but not all.

So how do I view Government promises, well with great speculation and never believe that the promises will ever be fulfilled and to some extent never even kept at all.

So will care ever be good and consistent, well I always hope so, but then we all need to keep our eyes and ears open and report without any delays when we see and/or hear that they are not being.

Safeguarding is the responsibility for everyone of us and any concerns or alerts always need to be reported.

Source: After scandals like Winterbourne View, why is basic decency still remarkable? | Sara Ryan | The Guardian

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

Unpaid caregivers need more support|LinkedIn

From this linkedin post it would appear that this situation is not restricted to any given country, for here in the UK family carers, our way of expressing caregivers, are also not supported to any degree.

However, those family carers who are below retirement age could be eligible for Carers Allowance, provided they meet the eligibility conditions.

Many family carers are unable to maintain other forms of employment, so the £67.25 could be their only weekly earned income and it is a taxable benefit, but you may be eligible for other welfare benefits.

With Carers Allowance you would be receiving the equivalent to £1.92 based on the minimum qualifying hours of 35 hours.

When this is compared to our minimum wage, the National Living Wage, (NLW).

£1.92 per week is no real comparison to the NLW of £8.72 per week the minimum a person is expected to live on in the UK.

The UKs, Job Seekers Allowance, £74.35 for persons 25 and over, slightly more than Carers Allowance, but need to be seeking work, which a family carer may not be able to do.

Currently, family carers save £132 billion per year to the costs of Social Care within the UK

Well done family carers, you deserve it, but you should be recognised more. There is the Care Act 2014, but it should have provided much more and at the start of COVID-19 the UK Government created the Coronavirus Act 2020, which provided temporary easements for adults under the Care Act 2014, which are still available to English Local Authorities to apply to use, However, similar easements for children were withdrawn in September 2020, why are adults being treated differently to children, is this not disability discrimination?

 

Source: Unpaid caregivers need more support|LinkedIn

NHS Has Been ‘Nothing Special’ In Covid Pandemic, Right-Wing Think Tank Claims | HuffPost UK

A ‘right-wing Think Tank, the clue is there for it is right wing and a tank, where a tank is a vehicle for waste, a good place for this Right-wing Think Tank.
 
The other clue is that it promotes privatisation, why should an organisation profit from delivering care, so that it can reward its shareholders.
 
The NHS does, over and above what it can with insufficient funding, in fact, to try to keep within its funding. 
 
Any, so called, waste has been cut, but was it waste or was it resources to be used in the time of crisis. With COVID we have seen, in great detail, what the lack of PPE, bed shortages, staff vacancies and others create.
 
Lack of PPE or lack of the required type of PPE – leaving staff vulnerable to infection
 
Bed shortages – insufficient capacity, hence the creation of the Nightingale Hospitals
 
staff vacancies – requiring staff to work longer hours than they reasonably should, excessive workloads leading to stress and depression, insufficient staff to allow the Nightingale hospitals to be open
 
Every member of staff have been working to above their own capacity, while providing excellent care and I do not need a Think Tank or others to advise me, for I have seen this with my own eyes. As I had three hospital admissions in 2020 and one, so far in 2021. All these admissions have been for non-COVID reasons, as have the numerous outpatient visits I have had to have in connection with my hospital admissions.
 
So, Think Tank from my own observations and receiving of treatment, I know you are totally wrong. Have any of the Thing Tank even had treatment within the NHS, or, more than likely making these comments for other reasons, likely to further advance health privatisation.
 
For an example of privatisation, just say ‘Test and Trace’, need anymore be said.
 
The NHS and the staff are exceptional and thoroughly deserve the “Clap for Carers”, but they are not on their own.
 
For there are many carers not in the NHS, these being in Care Homes, Home Care, respite, Hospices, supported Living, etc who are also providing exceptional care, but were they recognised in the “Clap for Carers”, most likely not. Also many of these carers are on the National Living Wage or just above, much less than many in the NHS, although insufficient for what they do, and certainly those persons in the Think Tank, which is, most likely, over sufficient for what they appear to do, if any.
Carers should be on or above the Real Living Wage.

 

Source: NHS Has Been ‘Nothing Special’ In Covid Pandemic, Right-Wing Think Tank Claims | HuffPost UK

Five things to watch out for in Rishi Sunak’s spending review | Politics | The Guardian

Rishi Sunak
Chancellor of the Exchequer

 

The Guardian believes there are 5 things to watch for in Rishi Sunak’s spending review this coming Wednesday.

However, I believe there is, at least, a 6th and this is Social Care, for Social Care has been under-funded for as long as I can remember, going back to 1970, or even before and no Government, be it Labour or Conservative has looked at this, which is a very sad state of affairs.

Unfortunately Social Care is not looked upon in such a high esteem as healthcare, but it should be, as it is as vital, if not more so than health for those who have to depend on it.

By not sufficiently funding social care, this is adding to the costs for health care, where a proactive approach would remedy many of the factors which cause health referrals and thereby increasing the need for those persons to have to use the NHS.

A main area which could be one that would, more than likely be referred to less, would be mental health, as the factors which lead to a mental health deterioration would be mitigated, not only for the person at the centre, the person in need of Social Care, but also their family, who could well be caring for them or at least have some input.

But, it is not just mental health, in varying degrees, but other aspects of health, be it physical or leading to many various health conditions, such as, relating to the heart and other organs, strains, injuries, arthritis and many others.

However, health is only one factor, for as mentioned above there is a very serious funding deficit in Social Care, resulting in many in need having no social care input, or, just as important, insufficient input.

Much is said about pay in health and other areas of public service, but the pay in social care, for care workers is abysmal, with many only on or just above the National Living Wage, or, if under 25 the Minimum Living Wage, while many, if not all public service workers are on, at least the Real Living Wage, as calculated by the Living Wage Foundation.

The Real Living wage is, currently, £9.50 per hour across the UK and £10.85 for London for persons 18 years and over, while the National Living Wage is, currently, £8.72 for persons 25 and over, with the Minimum Wage, currently, £8.21 for persons 21 and over. So, persons under 21 could well be on a lower rate.

Time as long gone for in-action, for now is the time to act, yesterday would have been even better.

I felt so strongly on this, that I created the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,

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

Should more information be required this can be obtained here.

If you agree, please sign and share.

This Governments in-action on Social Care, is even more worrying, for the only actions this year is to allow the elderly to be discharged from hospitals in March/April 2020, without being COVID-19 tested and then bringing them into Care Homes, effectively bringing ‘Death’ into those homes for the residents and care staff.

This was not their only actions causing concern, there was the ineffective measures to ensure there was insufficient PPE, (Personal Protective Equipment), in care homes and the rest of the Social Care market.

The delays in introducing the National Lockdowns, allowing millions to come into the UK in March/April/May 2020 without checking if they had COVID-19 or not.

Then there was the actions of Dominic Cummings, now, belatedly former Chief Adviser to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom), in his jaunts to the North of England and then allowing him to continue in post, thereby making a mockery of the restrictions being placed on others within the UK.

These and others have created a National Scandal and now there are many who are refusing to abide by the National Lockdown 2 and the Tier systems.

Now we may have a relaxation of restrictions for Christmas and New Year with the reintroduction of restrictions in 2021, is this really a suitable Christmas present and New Year resolution, for many could well succumb to COVID-19 due to this.

This will then cause much more admissions to hospitals at a time when the Flu could well be around.

What this will do to Social Care, I do not, really wish to consider, for it could well be seismic and insufficient funding on top.

Please Boris, step up and govern and not take a ‘laissez-faire’ approach.

2021 could well be the disaster of all disasters.

 

Source: Five things to watch out for in Rishi Sunak’s spending review | Politics | The Guardian

Care home provider ‘broke law’ by charging extra fees to NHS-funded residents, rules regulator | Community Care

This gives all care homes a bad press, which may not be correct.

Also it gives Social Care a bad press, when care homes are just one part of Social Care, for there are also hospices, Home Care, Supported Living, to name 3 areas and Social Care is not just for the elderly for it covers the full age range and many different conditions, such as Learning Disability, Autism, etc., including children and adults.

This form of publicity implies all within Social Care are in it to make a ‘fast buck’, which is far from the truth.

Take myself, for I have an adult daughter aged 51 who lives with myself and her care package is funded by a ‘Direct Payment‘ from our Local Authority. The package includes provision of care from staff from a home care provider and also from persons employed by myself. I can assure you, that I am not creaming money from the Direct Payment, for it is audited by the Local Authority on a quarterly or half yearly basis.

What I can assure you is that Social Care is in a very serious crisis, due to many years of under-funding from Central Governments to Local Authorities, which was made worse by 10 years of austerity cuts and now the addition costs relating to COVID-19. In fact Social Care has never been sufficiently funded from when it was put into the control of Local Authorities in 1970 from the mishmash of areas that provided Social Care before 1970.

Social care is not only short of funding, but also staff to proved the required care, as many are only on the National Living Wage, (https://www.livingwage.org.uk/what-real-living-wage), rather than the Real Living Wage, which is £8.72 and £9.30 per hour respectively.

Staff working conditions are also far from good as some of the carers will be working unsocial hours for no increase in pay.

These are just some of the problems, but there are many others.

So, there is a major crisis in Social Care, which led me to create the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,

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

Please view and if you agree, please sign and share.

Should you wish for further information this can be found at

https://1drv.ms/w/s!Aq2MsYduiazgoCS-eyClXJ6zYi1r?e=inJRQx

Thank you

Source: Care home provider ‘broke law’ by charging extra fees to NHS-funded residents, rules regulator | Community Care

Social care staff need new pay structure, on par with NHS, within months, government told | Community Care

A new pay and rewards structure for social care that provides parity with the NHS and is mandatory for employers and commissioners should be implemented within the current financial year, government advisers have said.

In a recommendation labelled “top priority”, the Social Care Taskforce Workforce Advisory Group said a review into pay and conditions involving employers, commissioners and employees should be instigated within three months and its outcomes implemented in 2020-21 and fully funded by government.

The group, whose members included provider, union, regulator and local government representatives, was one of eight advisory groups established to explore specific areas of social care and feed into the final report of the government-commissioned the Social Care Sector COVID-19 Support Taskforce, published earlier this month.

 

Source: Social care staff need new pay structure, on par with NHS, within months, government told | Community Care

 

 

Care England submits evidence to Health and Social Care Select Committee’s latest inquiry on funding and workforce : Care Industry News

Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has submitted written evidence to the Health and Social Care Select Committee.

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:
“Sad though it is to receive recognition through disaster, the coronavirus pandemic has brought to light the essential role of adult social care.  Moving beyond lockdown, we need to craft a new approach, one that ensures that vulnerable people are not abandoned by the NHS.  We need a system of support in which health and social care act in a coordinated fashion focused around the person and are financed adequately and appropriately”.

The Health and Social Care Select Committee’s latest inquiry focuses on funding and workforce, two of the most important pillars of the adult social care sector.  It explores:

  • What level of funding is required in each of the next five years to address this?
  • What is the extent of current workforce shortages in social care, how will they change over the next five years, and how do they need to be addressed?
  • What further reforms are needed to the social care funding system in the long term?

https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/health-and-social-care-committee/news/social-care-funding-and-workforce-inquiry-re-opened-19-21/

Source: Care England submits evidence to Health and Social Care Select Committee’s latest inquiry on funding and workforce : Care Industry News