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National Insurance: Minister refuses to deny reports of tax hike for social care – BBC News

The justice secretary says social care must be properly funded but declines to “speculate” on plans.


I completely agree that Social care should be properly funded and I would say, totally funded, but there is a problems, one of many.

Currently, is there sufficient funding to be funding back to 2010 levels which is around £10 billion, I fear not.

Then, it was not sufficient to provide all the Social Care required, as directed by the Assessments of Needs done in 2010 and funding has dropped considerably so many in need of Social Care or receiving no care or a bare, insufficient minimum.

But the problem is even deeper than that, as for many years Assessments of Need have not been sufficiently completed, as not all reasonable needs have been recorded, only those that the assessor felt would be funded. So, in affect, there is no written record of the total care needs that are required, even from 2010 and since then many more have not been recorded.

In fact, many in need of care have not been coming forward, until the situations reached a safeguarding situation and not even then, which has results in many persons suffering when they should not have been and for some the ultimate was the outcome, being deaths.

Any none covering of needs, will eventually cause even more demands on the NHS, so the continuous ignoring of the problems in Social Care has had dire effects on the NHS and will continue to do so for many years to come, even if sufficient funding is made immediately.

For Social Care can’t be looked on in isolation from health as they are so intermixed, lack of social care requiring more health involvement and with health continuing involvement as there is insufficient social care to allow discharges from health care. This causing many to be kept in hospital longer than should be or in some instances discharged before any social care has been organised, which in some respects could have caused some of the elderly discharges into Nursing Homes and the result being excess deaths from COVID-19.

To say this is now the 21st century, the complete lack of dealing with the Social Care crisis is in effect, bringing health and social care back to the 19th century or even earlier.

People in authority have to be brought to account, both currently and even more so, previously.

Funding is but one aspect, but there are many others, some being

a severe lack of people wishing to come to be employed in Social Care

Government interventions to severely restrict people wishing to come from outside the UK to work in Social Care

Abysmal rates of pay for the work undertaken and the responsibilities

Poor working conditions

In some instances the lack of dignity and respect by persons working in Social Care for the persons they are caring for

The lack of sufficient quality of care supervision by, not only, Care Providers but also the Statutory Authorities, which includes Local Authorities and CQC(Care Quality Commission) which has been shown in Winterbourne Scandal, and many more since.

Much needs to be done, but there is very little action being taken currently and this needs to change immediately, for it appears this Government are happy to see deaths to occur as this reduces the amount of persons needing to be looked after.

 

Source: National Insurance: Minister refuses to deny reports of tax hike for social care – BBC News

Social care cuts and increased charges causing ‘huge distress’ to disabled people | Community Care

Social Care, why call it Social Care for in many respects it is not social and care is the last thing that is done.

Much is down to funding or the complete lack of it, but it is also down to attitudes of those in authority, for in many instances, if not all, persons who are deemed to be in need of care are told what they can have, instead of being asked what their choices are.

Person-centred care is nowhere near, even though it is quoted in many instances, for most of ot is institutional care even when it is happening within a persons own home and certainly is in many, if not all Care Homes and other settings such as Supported Living, Respite, although Hospices, maybe different.

I am not, in many respects blaming authorities and those that work within the Local Authorities, but they are reacting to the lack of resources.

This also has some bearing on the quality of care being delivered, which again funding has some bearing, but also attitudes of care providers and the carers they employ for some are not there for the correct reasons. here they are there for themselves and not the persons they are supposed to be caring for. I am not saying that this is the case for many, but even one is one too many.

Then there is the lack of persons prepared to come into the caring profession, for they can earn more working in supermarkets the in caring and have many less responsibilities.

For caring, to do it correctly there are many responsibilities, there are the standards, treating people with respect and dignity, maintaining confidentiality and others, but then even these are, in some respects not maintained. Again these are few and far between, but it only takes one to destroy what has been achieved by the majority.

Governments current and many previous have promised to look at Social Care and improve it, but we are all still waiting, as though no one cares about social care, especially this current Government.

For Social Care has never been sufficiently funded, and then we had 10 years of austerity cuts and now over a years of increased costs due to COVID-19, is there any wonder that Social Care is not what it should be.

The £4.6 billion is ‘chicken feed’ compared to what is required, which would be around £12 billion and then this would only bring the funding to 2010 levels, which as mentioned previously was way insufficient.

This Government needs to, urgently, take this on board, for Social Care, in its present state, will have great difficulty to survive, in fact, it is surprising it has managed so far.

We all need to do what we can to hold the Government to account, which 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 do what you can to promote it?

Source: Social care cuts and increased charges causing ‘huge distress’ to disabled people | Community Care

What lockdown means for families with disabled children | The Spectator

This article says it all and shows why Social Care is in crisis.

For care was not as good as it could be before COVID-19, where funding was one, if not the most important factor.

In fact funding has always been a major problem in Social Care, even before 1970, which was when the Government of that time brought all social care under the responsibility of Local Authorities, (LAs). Before 1970 social care was a mish-mash of care from Charities, LAs, Health, Voluntary sector, etc and there was no overall control, and as usual, the LAs did not receive extra funding and were expected to use existing funding.

Reference was also made, in the article, to the Coronavirus Act 2020, which, supposedly, temporarily, remove the requirement for LAs to abide by the Care Act 2014 for all adults and their families and similarly other legislation for children and their families. This at a time when the need would be more and certainly not less. In fact, the need is never less, as the adults and children will, more than likely require more help as they become older and their health conditions progressively worsen.

Is it that the Government does not understand the situations that persons in need and their families are in, or do they not want to understand.

Many Governments, even this Boris |Government have promised that the crisis in Social Care will be looked at and measures put in place to solve the crisis. While, the Cameron Government did look at the problems relating to Social Care, they, instead of resolving it immediately, they pushed it down the road to April 2020 and then came COVID-19 and thought of Social Care was ‘thrown out of the window’. Or, this was what appear to be, especially when they discharged elderly persons with COVID-19 into Care Homes and then deaths within Care Homes was abundant. This was plain to see what would occur, but the Government appeared to dismiss this, or it was more convenient for them to do so.

Will the crisis in Social Care ever be solved, well not without the required Government action, which, still, they are not doing.

So the Government needs a push to act and my petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, could be the means.

Please do view the petition, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

and, if you agree, please sign and share.

You may wish further information and this is not exhaustive, and, if so, please see the this.

Social Care needs YOU.

 

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Source: What lockdown means for families with disabled children | The Spectator

Ofsted: Disabled children “seriously affected in both care and education” during pandemic – Special Needs Jungle

In any crisis persons with disabilities tend to suffer as authorities either intentionally or not do not take them into account, when they should be a priority.

Take this Government, what did they do at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, they brought in the Coronavirus Act 2020 which relieved, on a temporary basis some of the legal requirements that Local Authorities (LAs) had to abide by in the Care Act 2014 for adults and similar legislation for children.

This is at a time when persons with disabilities and their families would need more not less.

This shows the Government had more concerns about LAs being able to cope, than the persons with disabilities.

As to Children and SEND, some schools, both mainstream and Special schools dealt with the problems better than others, even within the same Local Authority.

Was this the fault of the respective LAs or the schools, I do not know, but this needs to be remedied for when the next pandemic arises, for I do feel these pandemics will arise more frequently than they have ever before.

A full investigation needs to be conducted by each LA on where ‘lessons need to be learned’ and on this occasion these lessons do need to be learned, for in the past this was said but never maintained.

If one school can do it, then they all should, perhaps, this needs greater working together by all schools and their respective LAs. For problems need to be reduced or made sure they never occur. It is a case when more heads or better than one or even none.

 

 

 

Source: Ofsted: Disabled children “seriously affected in both care and education” during pandemic – Special Needs Jungle

‘I wasn’t even allowed outside’: Autistic girl restrained for hours on the floor | UK News | Sky News

Holly Clark tells Sky News there were 70 incidents when she was forcibly restrained in a treatment and assessment unit.

Source: ‘I wasn’t even allowed outside’: Autistic girl restrained for hours on the floor | UK News | Sky News

ABSENCE OF VITAL RESPITE CARE IS POTENTIAL DEATH SENTENCE FOR FAMILY CARERS, SAYS REVITALISE CEO JAN TREGELLES

Yet another whip to use on persons with disabilities in the UK for when it comes to it this current Tory Government will go to any lengths to make the lives of persons with disabilities and their unpaid family carers, not only unbearable, but to create the greatest possible strain on their respective lives.

The stresses were already so great on unpaid carers as though the £130 billion they save the UK is not worth mentioning.

Until all persons with disabilities and their respective unpaid family carers are removed from life, this Tory Government will not be satisfied.

For this Government have done all that is possible and some that you would have thought was impossible, to make life so unbearable for persons with disabilities that early death is the only possible outcome.

This Government and the buffoon Boris are a perfect example of the ‘3 Wise Monkeys’, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_wise_monkeys.

They see death as the best way to reduce the costs of welfare benefits and the reliance on Social Care and the increased costs to the NHS.

For whatever other explanation is there for the total disregard this Government and many previous Governments have for the continuation of Social care within the UK.

It was being run on a ‘shoe string’ well before the austerity cuts imposed on Local Authorities, then the 10 long years of austerity, followed by COVID-19 and the eventual Coronavirus Act 2020,https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2020/7/contents/enacted.

The temporary suspension of the regulations of the Care Act 2014 and various legislation relating to Children, meaning Local Authorities could not be deemed responsible for lack of ‘Duty of Care’ to those in need of care, when the need of care was increasing considerably.

If it has not resulted in sufficient deaths what will this Government put in force next, would they even enforce ‘compulsory Euthanasia’.

I would not put anything on this Government enacting.

Bringing public attention to all of this is a matter of priority and supporting my petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care’, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care, may be a start

You can see more information at https://1drv.ms/w/s!Aq2MsYduiazgnyRlynJVialZTGY8?e=8IrvJG, but this is just a small part of what is wrong with Social Care, but it should be enough to create change.

Yet another whip to use on persons with disabilities in the UK for when it comes to it this current Tory Government will go to any lengths to make the lives of persons with disabilities and their unpaid family carers, not only unbearable, but to create the greatest possible strain on their respective lives.

The stresses were already so great on unpaid carers as though the £130 billion they save the UK is not worth mentioning.

Until all persons with disabilities and their respective unpaid family carers are removed from life, this Tory Government will not be satisfied.

For this Government have done all that is possible and some that you would have thought was impossible, to make life so unbearable for persons with disabilities that early death is the only possible outcome.

This Government and the buffoon Boris are a perfect example of the ‘3 Wise Monkeys’, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_wise_monkeys.

They see death as the best way to reduce the costs of welfare benefits and the reliance on Social Care and the increased costs to the NHS.

For whatever other explanation is there for the total disregard this Government and many previous Governments have for the continuation of Social care within the UK.

It was being run on a ‘shoe string’ well before the austerity cuts imposed on Local Authorities, then the 10 long years of austerity, followed by COVID-19 and the eventual Coronavirus Act 2020,https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2020/7/contents/enacted.

The temporary suspension of the regulations of the Care Act 2014 and various legislation relating to Children, meaning Local Authorities could not be deemed responsible for lack of ‘Duty of Care’ to those in need of care, when the need of care was increasing considerably.

If it has not resulted in sufficient deaths what will this Government put in force next, would they even enforce ‘compulsory Euthanasia’.

I would not put anything on this Government enacting.

Bringing public attention to all of this is a matter of priority and supporting my petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care’, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care, may be a start

You can see more information at https://1drv.ms/w/s!Aq2MsYduiazgnyRlynJVialZTGY8?e=8IrvJG, but this is just a small part of what is wrong with Social Care, but it should be enough to create change.

 

 

Same Difference

A press release:

Government guidance is making emergency respite care impossible 

Pressures on unpaid home carers, nursing and caring for a seriously ill or disabled loved one, 24 hours a day, have become intolerable.

This is the consequence of the emergency Coronavirus Act which has allowed Local Authorities to axe their duty of care responsibilities towards the disabled and the elderly. As a result, desperate families have been stripped of valuable home and community support at a time when they need it most.

For 57 years, Revitalise has provided respite care breaks to a huge range of people. These are a vital lifeline to so many unpaid home carers and their disabled family members.

At the start of the pandemic, the Government abandoned care homes completely. Now, in trying to rectify this, they have imposed blanket 14-day isolation guidelines for anybody entering any care setting. These are indiscriminate and prohibit…

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Most providers face going into red this winter without extra Covid social care funding, warns ADASS | Community Care

Social care faces a “dangerous scenario” of most care providers going into the red this winter unless the government gives councils more funding to support them manage the impact of Covid-19.

That was the warning from Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) president James Bullion, in an appearance before the House of Commons health and social care select committee yesterday.

ADASS estimated that one-third of providers were currently making a loss because of the additional costs from Covid-19 – including personal protective equipment and covering staff sickness – and reduced income as a result of service reductions, Bullion told MPs.

This is despite councils stepping in to cover costs, making use of the £3.7bn in un-ringfenced funding allocated to authorities by government to meet the costs of the coronavirus.

 

Source: Most providers face going into red this winter without extra Covid social care funding, warns ADASS | Community Care

 

 

Social Care, the Forgotten Health Service

Social Care has been the forgotten health facility, well certainly by this Government and many previous Governments, for far too many years.

So Social Care has been existing on budgets which are way insufficient for the required need for many years, meaning many persons in need of care have been, virtually left to fend for themselves.

Then for the last 10 years or so, this and previous Conservative Governments have been decimating the Welfare system so that many, who are extremely vulnerable, not only do not have social care, but also insufficient welfare benefits.

The vast unseen in the UK.

The media have also not been helping, as they produce many programmes showing people abusing the Welfare System, thereby providing the UK population a misguided view of people who are vulnerable. Not saying there is not abuse of the Welfare System, for there is, but not to the extent that the media and also the Government appear to indicate.

For more information, please see below

There are many problems within Social Care and therefore I created the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,

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

Please could you consider the following and then hopefully support the petition by signing and then sharing.

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

Here is further information regarding the petition.

You may be wondering why I am promoting this petition as we are in the Coronavirus, COVID 19 crisis and certainly now that Social Care is appearing to have some signs of recognition.

It is because of this recognition and I do appreciate the Government is concentrating on COVID 19, and my thoughts are with Boris Johnson and his family and other families in similar positions and it is good to see he has, apparently, recovered, but Social Care has been forgotten for many years and certainly with regards to funding.

I have been involved with Social Care, be it with regards to family or on a wider basis for over some 40 years and funding was always an issue and the last 10 years has made the situation much worse.

So, the recognition is an impetus on which to build upon and to ensure the recognition continues when COVID 19 has been overcome.

Also see the post on my blog, Carer Voice, where Matt Hancock has refused to pay Carers the Real Living Wage

https://carervoice.wordpress.com/2020/04/23/matt-hancock-refuses-to-commit-to-paying-care-workers-the-real-living-wage/

I also thank the Government for bringing back their recruitment campaign ‘Every Day is Different‘, but it would be even better if they had improved the salary and other conditions as stated in the petition.

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

So here is how I am currently promoting the petition.

I apologise in advance for the length of this promotion, but, it is a subject on which there is a lot to say.

As I am very concerned about Social Care could I also introduce you to my latest Petition, ‘Solve the crisis in Social Care’.

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

We all have reasons for reaching out and some of mine are mentioned below

• With the Government, Social Care is the forgotten service and Yes, the Government as plenty to deal with currently, but more should have been done for Social Care well before the COVID 19 situation.

• This section of care has been devoid of enough money for far too long and austerity measures only compounded this.

• The starting salary for all care workers should be, at least the Real Living Wage and not, as currently the National Living Wage or for some under 25 years The Minimum Wage.

• The rate of pay is abysmal when compared to the responsibilities they undertake. It is not just the rate of pay, but many others including

• Conditions of Service

• Travel Expenses

• Sick Pay schemes

My own family and many other families rely on Social Care to help us look after our relatives who have major needs relating to care.

We all have, over the years, done what we can to help manage these needs of our relatives, but there comes a time when the needs exceed what we ourselves can realistically deliver, hence our, now, reliance on Social Care and without it our relatives needs will not be met.

Lack of funding for Social Care is a major problem and this leads to

1. not only insufficient funding for all forms of Social Care

2. a lack of people wishing to come into the profession due to the abysmal rate of pay

3. partly causing a lack of quality of care being delivered in some areas and other problems

4. causing stress and exhaustion for family members providing care to their relatives, due to the lack of Social Care

If the crisis in Social Care is not met, this will then increase the crisis in health.

Please could you see if you could show your support by signing this petition and then sharing it wherever you can. .

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care For more information I refer you to my web page

https://carervoice.wordpress.com/petition-solve-the-crisis-in-social-care/

It goes without saying that I am greatly disappointed with the latest Budget, not even the miserly £1 or £1.5 billion promised by Boris, but unfortunately this is how it is for Social Care and those in need of Social Care.

It is what we have come to accept, but not without question and challenge and the Coronavirus Pandemic is making Social Care even more important.

However, the Government as shown their contempt for Social Care by suspending the Care Act 2014 some weeks ago, rather than providing increased funding to Local Authorities so they can, not only maintain current Social Care levels, which are really well below than required, but increase the level of Social Care to what is really required.

Also the most recent amendments to the Health and Social Care Act 2012 need to be reversed, otherwise further funding will be swallowed up by private organisations and top heavy management.

As at the moment as it stands the health and social care act 2012 removes government liability and responsibility, which has had a detrimental impact on social care and the NHS.

This crisis could have been solved in 2015, but the then Prime Minister, David Cameron and the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne decided not to, see my blog

https://61chrissterry.wordpress.com/2020/05/23/ministers-considered-a-cap-on-care-costs-prior-to-pandemic-care-home-professional/

You will never know when you maybe in need of Social Care, so please support Social Care, before it is too late

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

Thank you

Chris

#care #socialcare #crisis

 

Two councils return to Care Act compliance leaving five authorities suspending duties : 61chrissterry -Community Care

Article updated 22 May Birmingham and Sunderland councils have returned to applying the Care Act 2014 in full after a period suspending certain duties using emergency powers under the Coronavirus Act 2020. The authorities’ decisions means there are five councils operating the so-called Care Act easements – Coventry, Derbyshire, Solihull, Staffordshire and Warwickshire – down […]

Source: Two councils return to Care Act compliance leaving five authorities suspending duties: 61chrissterry  | Community Care

Solve the crisis in Social Care

You maybe wondering why I am still promoting this petition as we are in the Coronavirus, COVID 19 crisis and certainly now that Social Care is appearing to have some signs of recognition.

It is because of this recognition and I do appreciate the Government is concentrating on COVID 19, but Social Care has been forgotten for many years and certainly with regards to funding. I have been involved with Social Care, be it with regards to family or on a wider basis for over some 40 years and funding was always an issue and the last 10 years have has made the situation much worse.

So the recognition is an impetus on which to build and to ensure the recognition continues when COVID 19 has been overcome.

So here is how I am currently promoting the petition.

We all have reasons for reaching out and some of mine are mentioned below

As I am very concerned about Social Care could I also introduce you to my latest Petition, ‘Solve the crisis in Social Care’.

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

With the Government, Social Care is the forgotten service and Yes, the Government as plenty to deal with currently, but more should have been done for Social Care well before the COVID 19 situation.

This section of care has been devoid of enough money for far too long and austerity measures only compounded this.

The starting salary for all care workers should be the Real Living Wage and not, as currently the National Living Wage or for some under 25 years The Minimum Wage.

The rate of pay is abysmal when compared to the responsibilities they undertake.

Therefore, I created the Petition ‘Solve the crisis in Social Care’,

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

It is not just the rate of pay, but many others including

• Conditions of Service

• Travel Expenses

• Sick Pay schemes

My own family and many other families rely on Social Care to help us look after our relatives who have major needs relating to care. We all have, over the years, done what we can to help manage these needs of our relatives, but there comes a time when the needs exceed what we ourselves can realistically deliver, hence our, now, reliance on Social Care and without it our relatives needs will not be met.

If the crisis in Social Care is not met, this will then increase the crisis in health.

Please could you consider signing the petition and then sharing it.

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

Lack of funding for Social Care is a major problem and this leads to

1. not only insufficient funding for all forms of Social Care

2. a lack of people wishing to come into the profession due to the abysmal rate of pay

3. partly causing a lack of quality of care being delivered in some areas and other problems

4. causing stress and exhaustion for family members providing care to their relatives, due to the lack of Social Care

Please could you see if you could show your support by signing this petition and then sharing it wherever you can.

For more information I refer you to my web page

https://carervoice.wordpress.com/petition-solve-the-crisis-in-social-care /

Please consider signing the petition and then sharing.

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

It goes without saying that I am greatly disappointed with the latest Budget, not even the miserly £1 or £1.5 billion promised by Boris, but unfortunately this is how it is for Social Care and those in need of Social Care.

It is what we have come to accept, but not without question and challenge and the Coronavirus Pandemic is making Social Care even more important.

You will never know when you maybe in need of Social Care, so please support Social Care, before it is too late

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

Thank you

Chris

#care #socialcare #crisis