Blog Archive

September 2012

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    DWP review on Welfare Reform

    The Bill received Parliamentary approval and has now become the Welfare Reform Act 2012.Section 102 of the Act enables regulations to be made to require claimants and other persons who disagree with a decision to request consideration of revision before they may appeal against a decision.Mandatory consideration of revision before appeal, also referred to as ‘mandatory reconsideration',...

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    Funding Central - a useful guide for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises

    Funding Central is a free website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises, run by NCVO and funded by the Cabinet Office.The site provides access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities with the ability to search for the funding required, as well as tools and resources supporting organisations to develop sustainable income strategies appropriate to their needs.They...

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    Government signals national rollout of personal budgets with £1.5m cash injection

    The funding will see the project through from this autumn until April 2013, when the NHS Commissioning Board will take responsibility for further rollout of the scheme via CCGs.Norman Lamb, care and support minister, announced the funding this week, saying it would be made available subject to results from the pilot programme involving 60 PCTs, due to conclude this autumn.But the GPC said...

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    M&S create jobs with Remploy for disabled people

    M&S has launched Marks & Start Logistics, a new employability scheme for people with disabilities and health conditions as a branch of their Marks and Start, which was launched in 2004. This will be one of the recruitment channels used for the roles on offer for the new roles of employment is at their distribution centre in Castle Donington, Leicestershire.They are working with Remploy, which...

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    Norwich disabled assessment centre 'inaccessible'

    Atos, the company which runs the government assessments, has a second floor office in St Marys House, Duke Street, Norwich.North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb said it was "fundamental" the service was accessible for all disabled people.The government said the possible use of ground floor space was being looked at.A Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) spokesperson said:      "DWP is currently...

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    Councils will receive £11.6m to safeguard adults in hospitals

    The resources, announced yesterday by the Department of Health, are designed to fund councils to assess whether people should be detained for treatment in hospital where they lack the capacity to refuse, under the deprivation of liberty safeguards (Dols). Councils assume responsibility for this role from primary care trusts on PCTs' abolition in April 2013.Where hospitals suspect they...

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    Leeds introduces '"homeless mapping" of services for homelessness

    Led by Unity in Poverty Action and Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, it involves 10 organisations and nine churches offering practical help such as medication, food and befriending services.John Walsh works for the York Street Health Practice, which provides medical support for vulnerable and homeless people in the city.He says it's the first time so many different groups have become involved...

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    51 charities in Colchester close in 5 years

    The figures, obtained from the Charity Commission, show 51 organisations have been taken off the charity register since the recession hit.The statistics also show schools' friends groups and women's institutes have suffered as much as mainstream charities.In 2007/08, six charities came off the register, including Layer-de-la-Haye Women's Institute and Colchester Mencap Hospitals League of...

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    How can social care tackle its image problem?

    But ask the vast majority of the 1.8 million people that work in the care sector, cumulatively the country's biggest employer, and you'll get a much more positive response.Why does the sector find it such a struggle to, even if it's just on the odd occasion, lift its head above the parapet?Whether it's a prospectus for a care home, a training guide for care workers or a government policy...

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    NHS "could get worse from 2013"

    The government has promised to protect the health service, but research by the King's Fund, based on interviews with 45 NHS finance chiefs, raises doubts; 19 expected care to get worse over the next few years and that 2013 could mark the turning point.Meanwhile, a BBC survey of 1,005 people suggested 60% believed services would have to be cut.The majority of the 45 NHS directors of finance who...

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    Research in to Older people's experiences of Care Transition

    This is often accompanied by disorientation, fear, worry, and uncertainty, and can be ongoing for some time.In this research, carried out by NHS National Institute for Health Research, the older people often sort to make sense of what was happening to them, in order to cope and adjust to their surroundings. They wanted to be seen as human beings rather than as a problem to solve, and often just...

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    Missing out on billions due to cuts in social care funding

    Around £4bn is lost in pay, because people are being forced to leave work to care for older or disabled relatives. If this money was received as wages, it would then be regenerated back in to the economy as wages are spent, as well as the Treasury losing £1bn that would have been taxed from the wages.Additional to this is carers looking after relatives claiming around £300m in benefitis to...

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    Crisis launch guide on housing ex-offenders

    Finding and sustaining a home in the Private Rented Sector - The essentials, draws on Crisis' longstanding experience of building sustainable tenancies for disadvantaged and single homeless people. The Crisis Private Renting Programme currently funds schemes across the country that specialise in housing ex-offenders. For many of those leaving prison the private rented sector is the best available...

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    Is this social investment's moment?

    By Seb Elsworth, Published 21 September 2012Seb Elsworth is director of partnerships and communications at the Social Investment Business.This is just a summary - to read full article go to NewstatesmanHow can we grow the investors, and investable organisations?Big Society Capital will provide a key source of new capital into the market. It has quite rightly set some challenging targets around...

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    Homeless man fails in bid to get prison bed

    John Golden, 51, begged a judge to lock him up so he does not have to sleep on the streets.But district judge Michael Snow, sitting at Westminster Magistrates' Court, said he could do nothing about Golden's homelessness, adding: "It is not a matter for me, it's a matter for your MP."Golden wanted to be caught when he grabbed the can of ready-mixed vodka and tonic from the M&S store in Euston...

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    Lamb calls for quick conclusion to social care funding

    At the Liberal Democrat conference yesterday, Lamb said that introducing the reform for social care funding could be a legacy for the government.The Dilnot proposal will allow the pooling of the risks of ‘catastrophic' care costs, as high as £100,000, that will hit one in ten people.He has insisted that the problem of funding needs to be resolved within months, and in particular with the...

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    Northamptonshire social care services "at risk from cuts"

    External auditors KPMG said some groups providing services could be forced to close if council funding was withdrawn.The county council said its priority was to protect vulnerable people but charity Age Concern said it was worried about the future.Currently, £265m is spent on the services from a £1bn council budget.The authority said it would need to make savings of more than £27m from the...

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    Changes to business rates might harm charities, say NCVO and CFG

    The National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the Charity Finance Group have warned that proposed changes to business rates might harm charities.Both organisations made the claims in response to a consultation document, Business Rates Retention: technical consultation, put out by the Department for Communities and Local Government, which closed on Monday.The department proposes to increase...

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    Figures show fall in mental health 'guardianship' cases

    Guardianship allows certain decisions to be taken by social services or a named individual on behalf of a person with a mental disorder.For instance, a named person may be asked to make decisions about where the person lives or what appointments they need to attend.A total of 331 new guardianship cases were opened in England in 2011-12, down from 347 in 2010-11 and representing a 31 per cent...

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    Liberal Democrats propose building 250,000 council homes

    Addressing delegates yesterday, he set out a vision for 250,000 new council houses to be built by 2015.He said:      "Every week when I go out knocking on doors I can guarantee that before the evening is out I will meet a teacher, a nurse, a young copper, who will tell me they have no hope of finding a decent affordable home.      All they want is somewhere they can afford, somewhere...

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    Study into pension funds sets out agenda for "alternative" local investment

    A new study by the Smith Institute calls on local authorities, Government and the pension fund industry to boost the sector by blending and pooling funds, reforming the rules on management and investment of funds, and establishing an independent platform to asses the value of projects.The report by the Smith Institute who worked along side the Centre for Local Economic Strategies, PIRC, and the...

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    Competition from Private Sector could save over £20bn

    According to a report by CBI, opening up more services to competition could save the public sector a total of £22.6bn.The organisation said 73% of school catering is still handled by the public sector, along with 98% of social housing management.It added opening up the social housing management market could save £675m and a further £190m could be saved in improving waste management.The chair...

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    Update of Payment By Results for Mental Health

    These updates are specific for payment by results in mental health services.Work is continuing to develop appropriate quality and outcome measures to be used as part of mental health PbR for working age adults and older people. Proposals for a Patient Recorded Outcome Measure (PROM) and a Clinician Led Outcome Measure (CLOM) will be set out in the road test package at the end of the year.We will...

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    Report slams treatment of Gypsies in Scotland

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    Prisoners pay three quarters of a million to support victims

    Introduced just a year ago, the Prisoners' Earnings Act takes money out of working prisoners' pockets and puts it back into vital support services - like providing counselling for a victim of traumatic crime or fixing locks and alarms on a vulnerable pensioner's home.Announcing the total raised so far, Victims Minister Helen Grant said:      "We want victims to get the support they actually...

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    Charities can benefit from #SocialMedia

    Charities spend vast amounts of money every year on marketing and getting fundraisers to be aware of their cause, when there is now a method of social media freely able to do this.The Charity Social 100 Report, released today, follows up on the report last year and shows the changes that charities have made in their use of social media, and some interesting milestones are being reported.There's...

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    Can Telecare help with the Social Care Reforms?

    The Government has published detailed plans of how it intends to reform adult social care. Although questions around funding remain unanswered, the reforms do present an opportunity to radically alter the way care services are delivered in England today.Traditional care delivery methods are no longer affordable or desirable. Whilst there will always be a need for more intensive care packages and...

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    Asylum Seeker Process can cause Mental Health Problems for Children

    A study by The Childrens Society shows the link between the troubles children have when claiming asylum and their mental health and well being.Of the 3,000 unaccompanied children that claim asylum in the UK, most come from countries which are in a state of chaos, endemic violence or with well-documented human rights abusesThe process of claiming asylum is very complicated and confusing for...

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    NHS Confed issues warning over £2b gap in social care funding

    Publishing a report called Papering over the cracks, the NHS Confederation analyses the demographic and financial trends in social care, assesses the impact on the NHS, and proposes a way forward.It calls for a cross-party political consensus that addresses both the immediate cash shortfall and the need for a long-term funding solution. Without further action on funding, even the basic social...

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    The Changemakers - Community Impact for Learning Disabilities

    Latest figures from the Department for Education show that 16% of working age young people under 25 are NEET (not in education, employment or training).Research suggests that those with a learning disability are three times more likely to be NEET.Changemakers is a year-long project that will see 50 community impact projects established across the country.Launched in April by Mencap, it aims to...

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    Victory over ATOS using Social Media

    Jayne Linney, whose condition causes pain in her joints and muscle spasms, was a community worker before she gave up work in 2010.Social media allows the opportunity to make both criticism and suggestions, and the private sector particularly understand can make or break their reputation.Ms Linney said that it was important that her WCA  was recorded because she had experienced three assessments...

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    Charities face generation time-bomb

    CAF, which promotes charitable giving and provides financial services and social finance to not-for-profit organisations, is calling for urgent action to reverse the alarming trends highlighted in a new report by a leading academic.The study by Professor Sarah Smith, of the University of Bristol, which was commissioned by CAF, warns that charities face a ‘donation deficit' in the years to come...

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    Paul Burstow accuses Treasury of blocking social care reforms

    A Liberal Democrat former minister has accused the Treasury of blocking reforms of the social care system.Paul Burstow, the former care services minister who lost his job in the recent cabinet reshuffle, questioned the coalition's political will to push through funding changes deemed by charities and campaigners to be urgently needed.He blamed George Osborne's department for delaying a...

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    New campaign to drive awareness of dementia

    Sir Michael Parkinson, Fiona Phillips and Gordon Banks to support national 'A Day to Remember' campaign, calling for the public not to delay talking about dementia.A new campaign which aims to increase early diagnosis rates for dementia across England by tackling the public's fears of talking about the condition, has been launched today by the Department of Health with support from Alzheimer's...

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    New Website to Tackle Homelessness

    The Homeless London website offers information on the rights of those who are homeless and links to over 1,600 services that may be able to help.Evidence suggests that almost half of those who sleep rough will not have sought help from services before they end up on the streets, so this website aims to put homeless people in touch with people who can help them.It is a easy to use website with...

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    'Clink' Restaurant opens to help prisoners prepare for release

    The Clink Cymru restaurant, run by the Clink charity outside HMP Cardiff, is a refurbished restaurant where prisoners from Cardiff and Prescoed prisons will be working.It is a place where offenders will work to prepare for release and can gain a range of hospitality related qualifications whilst experiencing a real work environment.Jeremy Wright, the new Prisons and Rehabilitation Minister,...

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    National Autistic Society respond to ATOS

    Following the news that auditors have uncovered weaknesses in the Atos system, Mark Lever, Chief Executive of The National Autistic Society, said:From day one, there have been significant concerns with the way the Work Capability Assessment works for people with autism.Recent documentaries exposing the failings of the system have done nothing to reassure some of our most vulnerable members of...

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    Health Secretary asked to focus on social care as funding shortage is estimated at £892m

    UK director Oliver Thomas warns about the risk of allowing the current situation to continue, having recorded below-inflation care home fees for the fourth year in a row, despite an ageing population.      "Central Government budget cuts means many councils can't afford to pay a sufficient weekly fee to operators to care for some of the most frail and elderly people in our society. Some...

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    Older people being Excluded from Decision Making

    According the report ‘Adrift in a foreign land' compiled by researchers from the University of Birmingham, many older people - including some suffering from dementia - feel they are not always treated with dignity and respect.In making the transition from health to social care services, the research uncovered little evidence of NHS bodies and councils taking a planned and proactive approach to...

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    Do not shy away from Dementia and it's research!

    In the other half of cases, after an average of seven and a half months, it was the patient who eventually initiated the conversation with their doctor.Else Hoibratten, senior medical director at Lilly UK who completed the dementia survey, said "stigma" of dementia was what holds patients back.More than 800,000 people in the UK are thought to have dementia and the majority of these have...

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    Service for Women's support with Violence and Abuse Wins Award!

    The Women's Support Service aims to support domestic abuse victims and those in the criminal justice system who are experiencing or are survivors of gender based violence or abuse.The scheme is the first in Scotland of this kind and has picked up the Adults and Older Care Category at the Scottish Social Services Council, Care Accolades Award.Philip Dady, senior social worker said:The Care...

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    Get Involved: Social Care Professionals wanting to Improve the Quality of Care

    The NICE Fellows and Scholars programme recognises the achievement and promise of health and social care professionals who are working to improve the quality of care in their local area.Appointed annually, our Fellows and Scholars benefit from professional development opportunities and get to meet and work with likeminded colleagues from different disciplines across the UK. The programme fosters...

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    New Care Bill to "Empower" People to Make Their Own Choices

    He told MSPs at Holyrood that the Social Care bill would give people control over their own budget.Ministers have pledged £23m across three years to local councils for the implementation of the bill.However, local authority body Cosla believed the true cost of the plan could be between £50m and £90m.At its heart, the bill proposes the introduction of a direct payment to fund alternatives to...

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    DWP Announce Closure of Another Remploy site

    Earlier this year Remploy announced 36 of its 54 factories across the UK, which have provided employment for disabled people since the Second World War, were at risk of closure following the withdrawal of government funding.But hopes of a rescue for the Edinburgh factory were raised when the government said in July that it was one of nine sites where there had been interest from an outside bidder...

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    Yorkshire Care Home fined £165,000 after 93 year old suffocates

    Elsie Beals suffocated at Aden Court Care Home in Huddersfield in 2010 after being trapped in a gap between incorrectly fitted bed rails and her mattress.Mrs Beals had been put to bed by staff but had not been found until the early hours of the following morning after she had caught her neck on the bed rails. On two previous occasions, the 93 year old had injured her leg when it became lodged...

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    Report on the most effective process for Personal Health Budgets

    The paper, by In Control in partnership with NHS North West, has been published to show the most effective processes for personal health budgets before they come in to effect in April 2014.Pilot sites have implemented the personal health budgets on a variety of services and support issues, such as mental health problems, diabetes, end of life care and continuing healthcare.Based on the research...

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    What can England learn from Scotland on integrating health and social care?

    There is widespread agreement that our systems of health and social care can no longer adequately meet the needs and expectations of the increasing number of people living into old age.Across the globe, countries are responding in different ways to this challenge, and that difference is also apparent between England and Scotland, which offers an intriguing "policy laboratory" on "what works".The...

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    Will the change in definition of Domestic Violence be hindered by Funding Cuts?

    The current definition of domestic violence is:"Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse [psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional] between adults (aged 18 or over) who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality".The new definition as of March 2013 will be:"Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or...

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    Scope launches scheme for philanthropists to sponsor charity shops

    Scope has launched a new scheme that asks wealthy people to sponsor new charity shops.The disability charity said that £50,000 covers the cost of opening one of its shops, which will then generate £30,000 a year towards funding its work.It is asking philanthropists either to  donate the money or make loans that can be repaid in two years.The fundraising scheme has been trialled over the last...

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    Department of Health give overview of the future Health and Care System

    This diagram gives an overview of the new health and care system from April 2013. It illustrates the statutory bodies that will make up the new system, oriented around people and communities and where they receive their local health and care services. The illustration of local health services is indicative of a range of familiar settings for health and care services and is not intended to be...

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    £700,000 of funding to the volunteering charity CSV to help small charities

    The Professionals scheme, funded through the government's £20m Social Action Fund, encourages people with professional skills to provide specific help to more than 400 community groups in activities including recruitment, IT support, fundraising or marketing.CSV has already been using the funding, given in April, to match 1,750 people with 180 organisations.It has a team of 12 staff across...

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    Inability to reduce prison population may accelerate privatisation

    The political failure of the former justice secretary, Ken Clarke's, sentencing reforms means the prison and probation services are set to miss targets for deep spending cuts set by the Treasury, Whitehall's spending watchdog has warned.The National Audit Office says that official hopes of saving money by reducing the record prison population of 86,000 in England and Wales by 6,000 and closing...

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    Govt may stop benefits rising with inflation

    In recent years inflation has risen at a far higher rate than average earnings - Whitehall officials say a switch since 2008/9 would have saved £14bn.The government needs to find £10bn of extra savings in the welfare budget.Newsnight understands that the new £14bn figure is entering into fractious government debate over how to make a further cut to the welfare budget - something occupying...

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    Universal credit set to go ahead despite heavy criticisms

    The universal credit will replace job seeker's allowance, tax credits, income support, employment and support allowance, and housing benefits, and is intended to simplify benefits with one simple payment allowing claimants to keep more of their benefits when taking paid work. The process will be internet based, where most claimants apply and report changes to their circumstances online.However,...

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    Care Cuts for learning disabilities spark a 360% increase in demand at Mencap

    Cuts to personal support, fears about community care assessments and complaints about eligibility criteria changes by local authorities, are the main causes for concern, and Mencap officials are expecting the number of calls to continue rising.Michaela Butler, national team manager for Mencap Direct, said:The situation doesn't look set to change and the most vulnerable people are feeling the...

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    Which? find that families are left picking up the pieces of poor care

    One daughter's diary told of her mother having her face washed with a flannel with faeces on it and being dressed in yesterday's soiled clothes.Others spoke of relatives going all day without food or drink, untrained staff using lifting equipment, muddled vital medication and alarm pendants being forgotten.But we also heard of fabulous care from agency careworkers who don't have enough time to do...

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    Health Care moves towards the Private Sector

    Around £20bn worth of contracts will be tendered out from the NHS in the next few years to private companies and according to reports by Catalyst, the NHS expected to face cost cuts of £50bn by 2020 as there are "significant opportunities" for private companies.The private companies are expected to take over a range of services, from small clinics to entire hospitals.The report says:The private...

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    Homeless families in B&Bs rise by nearly 50%

    The number of homeless families living in temporary bed and breakfast (B&B) accommodation has risen by almost half in the first few months of 2012. This comes after 2011 and 2012 also saw consecutive rises in overall numbers of homeless - the first rise in seven years - pushing homelessness up 26% in two years.With homeless rates increasing again the demand for emergency temporary accommodation,...

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    Charities form Payment By Results discussion group

    The group, which has been set up by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and met for the first time on Thursday, is made up of voluntary sector providers that have payment-by-results contracts and organisations with an interest in the model. The aim of the group is to give the sector a better understanding of the risks and opportunities of the model.The group will aim to share and...

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    Walk to a Well World Week!

    Bupa's Walk To A Well World week runs from today to Sunday, September 23.It will promote the physical and mental health benefits of walking and hopes to inspire Bupa residents, staff and members of their communities to become more active.The Saltshouse Road nursing home is stepping up and taking part in a memory walk on Friday, and is encouraging members of the local community to join in.Home...

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    The National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Volunteering England agree to merge

    The organisations announced that their trustee boards had agreed to go ahead with the merger, providing the diligence process was satisfactorily completed.A joint statement said that the merged organisation would use the NCVO's name but it would keep the brands of Volunteering England and the Institute for Volunteering Research, a Volunteering England initiative that carries out research into...

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    RCN adverts showcase how demanding nursing and care is

    The adverts, part of an RCN initiative called This is nursing, will appear on buses in the UK's major towns and cities, and underground stations in London. They show the skills in nursing and highlight the balance health care strikes between expertise and compassion.RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary Dr Peter Carter said it was time to celebrate the work nursing staff do on a daily basis.He...

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    Fire Services across the nation sign up to dementia pledge

    By signing a national ‘Pledge on Dementia', the Service intends to help families and carers to be aware of fire risks, to raise awareness of Home Safety Checks and advice, and encourage other local organisations to become involved in building dementia-friendly communities.The initiative is part of the Prime Minister's challenge to help build dementia-friendly communities, which is being led by...

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    NHS Direct app used three million times

    The app, available for Android and iPhone devices was released last year and had already helped patients more than one million times in its first six months.NHS Direct chief operating officer Ronnette Lucraft said in November that the mobile app was "a more discreet and less embarrassing way of seeking health advice for sensitive issues in public or crowded places". But reviews have been mixed.Of...

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    CHANGE - Helping people with learning disabilities understand Cancer

      The BMA is a professional association and trade union and advise the public on matters relating to BMA policy. The BMA Patient Information Resource Awards aim to encourage the production of accessible, well-designed and clinically balanced patient information.The series of books were released in 2011 are written for people the carers of people with learning disabilites, helping them to...

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    Big Society Capital social investments

    Yesterday they announced details of its initial investment commitments totalling £37 million. According to present reports by the Boston Consulting Group, the demand for social investment is expected to keep growing as the big society and localism concept takes off, and the expected figure is £1 billion of investments by 2016, and the demand for capital in the social sector could grow at 38% a...

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    Homelessness Charity plan Sleep-over to cover losses from cuts

    Safe and Sound Homes (SASH) has helped more than 100 people aged between 16 and 24, and provided them with 353 bed-nights in North Yorkshire. Sarah Ware, a leading volunteer with the charity, said that the demand for help was on the rise, and due to cuts in funding from statutory organisations and authorities, SASH had a funding gap.Now, SASH is organising a sleep-over in Pickering next March,...

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    Barnardo's and KFC start new partnership

    Barnardo's has partnered with fast food chain KFC in a new initiative where unemployed vulnerable young people gain work experience in unpaid work placements at KFC branches.It follows a successful pilot where nine young people from Barnardo's services did work placements with KFC - two found paid employment as a result.KFC and Barnardo's are now rolling out the partnership across the country in...

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    Community Care Blog: When whistleblowing and mental health stigma collided

    By Andy McNicoll @ Community CareTwo topics that ministers at the Department of Health have trumpeted their commitment to in recent times are better protection for staff who blow the whistle on poor care and the need to end discrimination against people experiencing mental health issues.This week failures in both areas collided in a staggering fashion at a hearing of the Commons Health Committee...

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    New DCLG minister backs call for LEPs to be funded

    The report by the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on local growth, launched last night, also says LEPs should "collaborate across boundaries, particularly on strategic planning, transport, housing and infrastructure".LEPs were set up two years ago as business-led, mostly self-financing public-private bodies to replace regional developments agencies in driving economic growth at a local...

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    58 year-old with Multiple Sclerosis living in homeless shelter to stage protest at council

    David Jones, 58, took the council to court after he was removed from the homeless list. He won an appeal at Mold County Court in April where Judge Milwyn Jarman QC reverted the decision and he was put back on the list. However he is still living in the same homeless shelter 5 months on and has been there for almost a year.In the past Mr Jones has been offered a downstairs flat, which he claimed...

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    New hope of stem cell cure for deaf people

    Hearing partially improved when nerves in the ear, which pass sounds into the brain, were rebuilt in gerbils - a UK study in the journal Nature reports.Getting the same improvement in people would be a shift from being unable to hear traffic to hearing a conversation, however, treating humans is still a distant prospect.If you want to listen to the radio or have a chat with a friend your ear has...

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    Alzhemer's Society say hospital system on the brink of crisis

    Figures in the report show that there are a third fewer general and acute beds now than there were 25 years ago, and yet the there has been a 37% increase in emergency admissions in the last decade.65% of people who are admitted to hospital are over 65 years old, and often hospital buildings, services and staff are not equipped to deal with those with multiple, complex needs including dementia....

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    Hospital issued DNR because a man had Down's Syndrome

    The instruction not to attempt resuscitation in the event of a cardiac or respiratory arrest was issued without his family's knowledge. The family of the man were unaware of the do-not-resuscitate (DNR) decision until he had returned from hospital to his care home.Their lawyers describe the order as "blatant discrimination" however East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust says it...

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    Threats to Strike in Public Sector after Pension Shake-up

    The controversial changes have caused upset among trade unions, but the publication of the Public Service Pensions Bill today will see the government make good on its plans to end final-salary schemes for hundreds of thousands of civil servants, and force employees to work longer in order to receive full pensions.The government has pledged that public sector pensions will still be the ‘very...

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    Challenges to changes: Adult Social Care flagged as biggest strain

    As arguments continued over recommendations made by the Dilnot Commission on how to pay for all this, the Department of Health pressed ahead with the social care white paper, Caring For Our Future: Reforming Care and Support, in July. This has been criticised by some as having a financial vacuum at its heart.With local authorities taking on more and more functions from the NHS as part of the...

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    CQC chair apologises for comments on colleague's mental health

    Dame Jo Williams, who retired as CQC chair last week, yesterday withdrew allegations that she made to the commons health committee regarding Kay Sheldon's mental health. It is claimed that these were made to discredit her as a whistleblower.Sheldon has spoken out with highly critical evidence about the CQC's leadership to a public inquiry, to which Williams requested her to be removed from the...

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    Community Mental Health Services - 15,000 people give their opinion

    More than 15,000 people responded to the survey by CQC about their experiences of community mental health services. People shared their experiences of services such as outpatient clinics, local teams providing crisis home treatment and more.The majority of participants said that they:However, the results also showed that people needed to be more involved in some aspects of their care.A...

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    £50k funding for Social Impact projects

    The Young Foundation offer support in way of a 4 month course with tutoring, coaching and facilitation. You will be mentored through the course and helped by a practice leader from the Young Foundation team in your chosen area education / employability, health or housing.The course offers to deliver a flexible programme with learning spread over a 4 month period, during which you receive...

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    Do you have practice issues following the Care and Support White Paper?

    Launching Creating an Impact: Social Care Evidence in PracticeDo you have practice issues following the Care and Support White Paper? Do you have practice issues about long-term care/conditions?Professionals in the social care sector have been asked to help in a project that will draw together practice issues raised by practitioners together with research evidence. They will work closely with...

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    Lack of support for older patients trying to recover

    Such help is normally provided by joint teams of nurses, physiotherapists and social-care staff in England.But the British Geriatrics Society audit estimated the services in place were meeting only half the demand. The report warned the shortage was likely to cause delays in discharge from hospital and readmissions. The group used official NHS data, patient records and individual submissions from...

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    Big Society Capital to announce investments worth �£32m

    Big Society Capital, the £600m social investment wholesaler, will announce seven new investments worth about £32m on Thursday.The lender, which was formally launched in April this year, has already agreed five deals worth around £5m. Nick O'Donohoe, its chief executive, has said he hopes to commit around £50m in its first year.A spokesman for Big Society Capital said the details of the...

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    Mental health problems 'common' among homeless youths

    Researchers at the University of Cardiff interviewed 121 homeless people, aged 16 to 24 years, who were being housed in temporary accommodation.Participants were also given psychiatric assessments which revealed that 93 per cent had a lifetime psychiatric disorder such as depression (43 per cent), post-traumatic stress disorder (35.5 per cent) or psychosis (21.5 per cent).Among housed young...

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    Third sector and small charities at risk following cuts

    Since 2009, larger charities and housing associations have found a modest growth in income. However, for other charities it has still not improved since 2009 and a large proportion are spending more than their income.Martin Sime, Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, said:As income falls short of expenditure, particularly for smaller charities, organisations are being...

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    Middle-aged Men 'Highest Risk' of Suicide During Recession

    Men aged 35-49 years old have the highest rate of suicide and will be targeted in a new suicide prevention strategy launched by the government yesterday. It is backed by a call to action led by the Samaritans and up to £1.5 million for new research and focuses on supporting the bereaved families of suicide deaths, as well as preventing suicide amongst groups that are at risk.Key reasons for the...

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    DOH: rare conditions that should be commissioned nationally

    The services listed in the report will be commissioned by the NHS Commissioning Board from April 2013, rather than by Clinical Commissioning Groups. The list will be agreed by Ministers and the Commissioning Board in the autumn.The CAG was established to advise the government on which specialised services should be commissioned nationally. The group is chaired by Dr Kathy McLean and ...

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    Fortnightly payments to stay under universal credit

    Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith yesterday told the House of Commons that there may be ‘interim two-weekly payments' for some under universal credit.‘We are looking to trial a whole series of arrangements to make that much easier for them, and we will make sure that that happens,' he said.Under universal credit, which is due to be implemented from October 2013, benefit recipients...

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    London sees 27% rise in homelessness

    One in four people declared homeless in England in 2012's second quarter were in London. Rough sleeping is also on the increase, with a massive 43% rise in 2011/12 over the previous 12 months.According to data from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), 3,350 households across London met the 'priority need' criteria to qualify for housing assistance in 2012's second quarter....

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    Inspectors find care home had no crime checks on staff

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found four out of five areas checked did not meet the required standards.The watchdog said some staff had not had Criminal Records Bureau checks before starting work at the home, meaning vulnerable residents could be at risk.The CQC found incident reports were not being completed and safeguarding referrals were not always being made.Inspectors also said there...

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    Pilot fund of £250,000 open to charities in South West

    The Santander Community Fund, launched this week, will provide grants of up to £5,000 for projects for disadvantaged people in the area through the foundation. It is open to small regional charities or local projects run by national charities.Funding can cover salaries, equipment or materials. The closing date is 12 October. Entries will be considered by a panel of staff drawn from across the...

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    Councils' Inefficient Social Care Assessments Waste �£300m

    Councils in England are wasting an estimated £300m on inefficient social care assessments, which should be used to help vulnerable residents, according to auditors.The Audit Commission found a wide cost variation across different authorities, and urged councils to focus on making their assessment processes more efficient. And it claimed that sharing best practice could fund care packages for an...

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    Children aged 12 being treated for drink problems in London

    Scores of London children are being treated for alcohol abuse. Shocking figures reveal that more than 65 children aged 12 or 13 and 353 aged 14 or 15 are receiving specialist help for drink problems.It was revealed this year that drink-related hospital admissions are costing the NHS in London an estimated £264 million a year - or £34 for every resident.The new figures - released in a...

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    World First: Blind Woman Gains Partial Sight with Bionic Eye

    Dianne Ashworth was fitted with a prototype bionic eye in May at Australia's Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, which was switched on in June.Researchers have revealed the device can restore mild vision, allowing patients to make out major contrasts and edges such as light and dark objects for the first time.The bionic eye was designed, built and tested by the Bionic Vision Australia, a...

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    Smartphone App Launched to End Deposit Disputes

     Report from Inside HousingShelter Scotland's ‘Housemate' app has been launched to coincide with the start of Scotland's tenancy deposit scheme, which came in over the summer and allows landlords to hand over deposits to independent third parties. Landlords will have to put deposits into one of three rent deposit schemes by law from November.The app creates a full digital record of a...

Responding to the DWP Consultation:  Housing Benefit Reform - Supported Housing "It was well-run, in a good location, and very useful.  I've only one suggestion; as the session went on it would perhaps have been useful for bullet points of general agreement about what should be in the sector response to be displayed and added to as the session went on, maybe on a flip chart. Regarding your response paper, I particularly like the answer you give to question 9.  In fact the general: "if it ain't broke don't fix it" response could be pushed harder." M.P. - Adref Ltd

 

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