Blog Archive

October 2012

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    How can the care reform survive in a climate of cuts?

    The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), the Local Government Association (LGA) and Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (Solace) have all warned the government that there is a mismatch between the governments plans for the welfare reform and the continuous cuts to benefits and the social care budget.The long awaited reform of social care for older...

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    Social Care Reform Urgent as Winterbourne patients still suffer

    Although the care home itself was closed immediately, the company the ran Winterbourne View, is still running. When the serious case review team tried to probe into their financial affairs the investigating team said "the door was shut on us".It has now been revealed that more than half of the people transferred after the abuse remain in similar hospitals, and 19 have been subject to further...

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    Care and Support worker cuts in housing sector

    It is also looking at whether to reduce the salaries of the 887 staff members working in the department by up to 40 per cent.The changes are part of a 90-day consultation with the association's care and support staff about their terms and conditions, job titles and profiles, and management and administrative structures. The consultation period is half way through.  Aniekan Umoren, Metropolitan's...

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    Universal Credit may undermine its own reforms

     Universal Credit, we are told, will fix these economic and social problems. However research published today, supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, tells us that without urgent changes the Government risks undermining its own reforms.Universal Credit has the potential to address systemic problems in the benefit system that we have identified in previous research: complex claims...

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    Error in Mental Health Sectioning

    Mr Hunt has ordered an independent review:We believe that all the proper clinical processes were gone through when these patients were detained. They were detained by medically qualified doctors. We believe that no one is in hospital who shouldn't be and no patients have suffered because of this.But for the avoidance of any remaining doubt, and in the interests of the safety of patients...

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    Personal budgets target scrapped, and Deadline mentioned for Dilnot introduction

    He has stressed that this is just the first step and not the final figure, and he is still committed to personalisation of all health and social care services.The new target has been agreed as, following talks with the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the government has decided that not all service users would suit having personal budgetsThe latest figures show that 43% of...

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    Miliband calls for an end to demeaning mental illness

    Speaking at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, he will say fighting those who discriminate against mental illness is similar to the battle against sexism, racism and homophobia.The speech will build on Mr Miliband's new theme of "one nation" politics aimed at uniting people across social divides.He will push for a "one nation" approach to mental health by calling on schools, workplaces and...

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    £300m available to help house older people and adults with disabilities

    The HCA will administer £240 million of the fund. A further £60 million will be administered by the Greater London Authority.The fund is split into two phases, focusing on affordable housing in phase one, and market sale homes in a later second phase and run over five years from 2013/14. It will be managed as a separate programme to the HCA's £1.8 billion affordable homes programme.The fund...

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    Bullied 14 year old starts Tourettes Awareness Charity

    After being diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome at seven years old, he started to get tics when he was 8, and now suffers with head movements and a facial tic.Jack also suffers with Asperger Syndrome, which is agrevated by the tics, as they cause him anxiety and stress, but he controls this himself.With support from his family and teachers, he has worked for a year to set up a Tourettes Awareness...

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    Quality of Life in Care Homes is Important!

    It suggests the ways to move forwards with the changing concept of social care needs, and to fit with the idea that older people have a voice, choice and control over their own lives.The report, My Home Life, was unveiled yesterday at the National Children and Adults Services (NCAS) Conference to promote the message that many care homes fail to engage with their community and lack support from...

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    Only 12% of charities comply with reserve rules

    The figure now is 59% have a reserves policy with annual incomes between £25,000 and £250,000, and 91% of charities with incomes of more than  £500,000 per year did.However, this still needs to be improved as only 12% explain where this figure comes from, and 17% overstated the level of their reserves.The report says:For example, most of the statements reviewed do not contain an adequate...

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    Mental Health Act Detentions rise for 5th year

    The number of people discharged from hospital under community treatment orders (CTOs) also rose to 4,200 in 2011-12, an increase of 10% on the previous year. CTOs place people on compulsory supervised community treatment with strict conditions.The College of Social Work's approved mental health professional (AMHP) network is currently investigating social workers' experiences of CTOs amid...

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    Care home plans 1950s room to help dementia patients

    She is also being supported in the project by her brother John and his 11-year-old son, Robbie, who are fundraising from where they live in Australia.Mrs Line said:I saw on television that a care home in Bristol had built a 1950s street in its back...

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    New homelessness strategy to give alternative and long term options

    The strategy sets out the priorities for the next five years which include developing alternative emergency and longer term options for young people such as crash bed schemes instead of bed and breakfasts.Coun William Gray from East Lindsey District Council, said:In this challenging economic climate, with growing unemployment and imminent changes to housing benefit, tackling homelessness is our...

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    Council cuts are permanently changing services

    Councils will cut £10bn from their social care budgets over this spending review period, MPs have been told. This was revealed at a health select committee hearing yesterday, where John Jackson, chair of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services’ resources network told MPs that his figure raised serious concerns about the future of social care funding.He warned that adult social...

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    White Paper has failed to address funding crisis

    They say the recent care White Paper has failed to address existing shortfalls in funding, help councils plan to meet future demographic pressures or provide sufficient funds to reform the care system.A Local Government Association survey of more than 80 council leaders, charity directors, chief executives and social care experts found:David Rogers, chair of the LGA's community well-being...

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    Rows over ruling if prisoners have the right to vote

    It has been said that the government is planning a draft bill introducing limited rights for inmates to comply with the European court decision, despite receiving strong opposition from some Conservatives.However, the government so far has denied reports that the coalition was planning to introduce a draft law..The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that a blanket ban on voting for anyone...

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    NHS cuts to hearing services is a 'false economy'

    Action on Hearing Loss asked all 135 hospitals with audiology units to reveal the impact that NHS cuts are having on the quality of hearing services across the country.In total 128 replied, with 43% reporting some kind of cut.Reduced budgets have caused:The report also found evidence of trusts starting to provide only one hearing aid when two had been judged to be clinically necessary; two...

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    Small Charities Will Struggle to Claim under new Small Donations Scheme

    Thomas was speaking in Parliament during the committee stage of the Small Charitable Donations Bill, and said the bill had originally been intended to be easy and light on paperwork, but that it was now extremely difficult for small charities to use.The small donations scheme will allow charities to claim £1,250 a year in Gift Aid-like payments on donations without an individual Gift Aid...

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    Norfolk and Suffolk's mental health trust to shed 500 front-line jobs

    While the trust says it is hopeful that it will not have to make any compulsory redundancies, and that inpatient beds will only be axed when there is evidence they are no longer needed, concerns have today been raised over the impact the changes could have on staff and patients.A union has also blasted the Government for forcing the trust to make the cuts, which are part of a drive to save £20bn...

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    Older person care unsustainable as councils fail to make fair payments

    The research also found that even if the Dilnot Commission's recommendations on insuring against care costs were to be brought in, this funding would fail to cover even half the costs they are intended to finance.Chief executive of Laing & Buisson, William Laing, said:The 'care' element of costs - which would be insured by the state under the Dilnot recommendations - would in actual fact cover...

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    Remploy Bolton is reopened as Ability Tec

    However, entrepreneur Oli Randell from Manchester, will reopen the site next week as a new company called Ability Tec.Part of the takeover agreement is that the majority of the workforce will have a disability and be former Remploy employees, using a workforce 75 per cent of whom are disabled.The Manchester Road site is thought to be the only Remploy factory out of the 27 in the UK to have been...

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    Campaign to Ban Websites After Dramatic Rise in Self Harm Cases

    Figures from the NHS show there has been a steady rise in the number of under-25s in England admitted to hospital after hurting themselves deliberately over the last 10 years with around 38,000 young people being treated in 2010, compared to 22,555 in 2001.The report is the first of its kind, and Young Minds have developed an incite into young people who self harm and calls for increased...

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    BMA doubts NHS reforms will save £5.5b, as Hunt claims

    The initial projected costs were expected to be £1.2bn to £1.3bn, but having made a new estimate, it is looking to cost more for the reform, and redundancy costs are expected to be around £630m.The BMA have said that these costs were ‘particularly galling' in the context of the increased squeeze on NHS budgets and rationing of services, and have also questioned whether the projected savings...

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    Detainees at risk of self-harm: better information-sharing needed on escort records

    The main vehicle for conveying this information is the person escort record (PER). It is, therefore, a crucial part of how the state fullfils its duty of care for vulnerable people in custody.Inspectors found that often PERs contained vague statements like 'may try to kill himself in prison'. For the prison to be able to manage the risk, its staff would need to know why the custody officer wrote...

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    Charities to help Offenders with Payment by Results

    The payment by results concept will be modelled on the Government’s scheme to get the long-term unemployed back to work with the help of intensive private-sector support.The PM has had a difficult week, with confusion over energy policy and Andrew Mitchell quitting as chief whip and Cameron faced criticism from within his party for his handling of the row between Mr Mitchell and a police...

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    Working Families on Housing Benefits Doubles

    According to the report, this is due to years of not enough homes being built, resulting in rising rental and house prices. This means families are struggling to pay for their homes, and leads to an unsustainable housing market.There are now 417,830 more working people who receive housing benefits, rising to 903,440 in May 2012 from 485,610 in 2009, and is rising at a rate of 10,000 more working...

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    Police cells over used to detain mentally ill people

    Nathan Constable (pseudonym) - Community Care Thursday 18 October 2012The chief inspector of prisons has found that most police forces are "dissatisfied" with Mental Health Act assessment services during evenings and weekends. He also warned that police cells are being overused as places of safety for people detained under the Mental Health Act by police.On many occasions I've had an ...

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    DWP confirms benefit limit only for future claimants

    Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg last week said the Liberal Democrats would oppose a ‘blanket ban' but left the door open for the party to support some under-25s losing their right to housing benefit.The DWP initially refused to comment, saying it was a Conservative Party proposal rather than government policy.However it has now confirmed it is looking at changing the criteria around housing...

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    Study shows 60% of young offenders had sustained a brain injury

    The findings follow a similar report by the Children's Commissioner for England, based on evidence from the University of Exeter and the University of Birmingham, on the impact of injuries on maturing brains and the social consequences.This report says a large number of young people in custody in England tend to have neurodevelopmental disorders, and issues which could lead to communication and...

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    "Removing NHS management contributes to lack of expertise"

    But he told delegates at a Westminster Health Forum seminar yesterday that the NHS management resource had probably been stripped back ‘too much' and that there was ‘despondency' in some CCGs about the challenge ahead.His comments come after commissioning leaders said that CCGs may need up to five years to become successful, and following gloomy warnings from the BMA chair, Dr Mark...

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    NHS Confed's issues with Personal Budgets and Integrated Care

    Interest in how to better join up health and social care has reached a peak in recent years, with particular focus since the passage of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.Various solutions have been tried and tested in recent years - local area partnerships, joint financing arrangements, care trusts and now health and well-being boards.The direction of travel for personal budgets in social care...

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    Prisoners found with drugs 'must be denied physical contact'

    Justice minister David Ford revealed, in a written answer, there were 1,061 finds from July 2009 to August 2012.During that time, there were 245 drug finds at Magilligan prison near Limavady, 348 at Hybebank Wood women's prison and young offenders centre in south Belfast, and 568 seizures in Northern Ireland's high security prison at Maghaberry near Lisburn.Mr Givan says:It is a shocking...

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    'Power of Entry' to protect vulnerable adults from abuse

    Ninety-one per cent agreed that applying for and executing a warrant granting power of entry into a private household or private nursing home should only be undertaken by suitably experienced, trained and qualified social workers.Bernard Walker, chair of TCSW's Adults Faculty, said:Social workers have drawn parallels with other areas of social work practice, telling us that adult protection...

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    Home care workers are not being properly vetted

    Care Minister Norman Lamb said it did not show "the whole system" totalling about 6,000 operators had failed.The Care Quality Commission supplies care operators with guidance on "suitability of staffing" to ensure they comply with the standards demanded by the Health and Social Care Act 2008.CQC requirements relating to workers require home care providers to have effective recruitment and...

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    Blind Man Tasered After Policeman Mistakes his Stick for a Samurai Sword

    Police had earlier been dispatched after reports of a man roaming around Chorley town centre in Lancs armed with a sword.A patrolman spotted stroke victim Mr Farmer walking down the street using his white stick to get around and wrongly assumed he was the swordsman.Mr Farmer said he has made a formal complaint and is pursuing legal action against Lancashire Police which has apologised...

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    Social care keeps people out of hospital at end of life

    A government-funded Nuffield Trust study found a statistically significant inverse relationship between spending on social and hospital care for people in the last year of life: the higher the social care spending, in all age groups, the lower the spending on hospital care. Suggesting that social care may help prevent hospital admission.The study anonymously linked the individual health and...

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    Why Digital Exclusion is a Social Care Issue

    Next year the welfare system will undergo an overhaul as universal credit is introduced. The benefit, replacing six others, includes a new requirement to apply for benefits online. With millions of people having never used the internet, however, it raises the question of how those not online will manage.Universal credit is just one example of how, as our society becomes increasingly digitalised,...

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    Clegg does not back housing benefit age limit

    Following Simon Hughes' statement on Newsnight that he would not agree to Osborne's proposal, and that Nick Clegg would feel the same, Clegg has now said in a live radio debate that he would not agree to a blanket ban based on age:A complete blanket ban on providing housing benefit to anyone who so happens to have been born 25 years ago or less? Of course not.Because there are people who have got...

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    Older patients miss out on vital treatment because of their age

    When normally doctors should look at the overall health of a patient instead of using cut-off ages for procedures, some doctors may have "outdated perceptions" and a "lack of awareness" about older patients and their ability to cope with surgery.The report, Access All Ages, points out that there are valid reasons why an older patient might not be considered for surgery - because they have other...

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    Council homes Illegally Sub-let while families in need live in hostels

    The Audit Commission estimates it costs a local authority £18,000 to house a family in temporary accommodation for a year, which would produce a cost of £21.6m to the council.Ron Hollis, chairman of Lambeth Tenants' Council, said more needs to be done to tackle the issue.He said:For people in desperate need who have waited, they don't get the property and that obviously is very wrong.It's a...

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    Pakistani Girl fighting for education will receive treatment in the UK

    Until now, she has been at a military hospital in Rawalpindi, but London had offered to help her in any way, so the evacuation has been arranged by the Pakistani authorities after an assessment by the medical team treating Malala.On her arrival in the UK Malala will be transferred to an NHS hospital where she will receive specialist medical care. The centre provides integrated care to children...

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    "More welfare cuts will not reduce people's dependency on the state"

    There were no big surprises in the welfare cuts proposals made by George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith today. The core intentions seem pretty clear:The recent British Social Attitudes survey showed that these kinds of cuts may well be in line with public opinion as views have hardened towards perceived 'benefits scrounger'.However, the proposals are driven by more than this. They reflect a set...

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    Delay in publishing the Francis Report will delay progress

    In 2009, a highly critical report by the Healthcare Commission revealed a catalogue of failings at the trust and said appalling standards put patients at risk. Between 400 and 1,200 more people died than would have been expected in a three-year period from 2005 to 2008, the commission said.In February 2010, an independent £11m enquiry into events at the trust found it had "routinely neglected...

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    Fifteen partnerships in line for funding for people with complex needs

    Under the fund, called Fulfilling Lives - Supporting People with Multiple and Complex Needs, each organisation will lead a cross-sector partnership that will bid for between £4m and £10m over five to eight years. The money will be used to improve the lives of people struggling with multiple entrenched problems such as homelessness, substance misuse, mental health problems and re-offending.The...

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    Will single parents be forced back into their parents homes?

    The proposed plan to remove housing benefits from under 25s is expected to save over £1.88bn for the government a year as part of their agenda to cut £10bn from the welfare bill by 2016 announced by George Osborne earlier this week.David Cameron has confirmed he will be looking in to these changes, and the Liberal Democrats are expected to oppose it.Simon Hughes, deputy leader of the Lib Dems,...

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    Hunt says there will be a delay in funding older person care

    Social care costs are currently unlimited and anyone with assets of more than £23,000 receives no help from the state, meaning one in 10 adults will face a bill of more than £100,000 for their care home costs.Last year, a Government commission chaired by the economist Andrew Dilnot, recommended that the state should cap costs at around £35,000 with the Government stepping in to foot the bill...

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    Professionalisation of charities might have alienated donors

    Research published last month by CAF showed that more than half of all donations to charities now come from the over-60s, compared with just over a third 30 years ago.Stewart told delegates part of the problem was that many people had become disconnected from those charities that had professionalised their operations.He said:We have put so much energy and joy into the development of a specialised...

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    Govt-hosted Dementia Summit may boost interest in research

    It comes amid fears the push to find better treatments is petering out.Last month Alzheimer's Research UK said drugs companies may "retreat" from dementia research without more support.The warning followed disappointing results in recent clinical trials.It is estimated that more than 800,000 people in the UK have dementia, but numbers affected are growing fast and the search for new treatments is...

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    Hundreds of council job losses due to additional budget cuts

    Council officers warned job losses are expected to be in the ‘high hundreds' as every service faces cut backs, despite the authority having already shed 1,300 jobs over the past two years.Chief executive, John Mothersole, said:This time next year we will be cutting into the bone of services in this city. It's not a political statement, it's a logical one.These are probably the toughest time...

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    Older People's Mental Health is ignored

    An estimated 4-23% of older adults seen by medical staff have an alcohol problem.Fewer than 1.6% of men and 0.5% of women aged 60-65 have dementia, but this increases with age to over 32% of men and women aged 90+.Many older people experience psychological or emotional distress associated with factors linked to old age, including isolation, loss of independence, loneliness and losses of many...

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    World Mental Health Day 2012 - by Mental Healthy

    By Charlotte Fantelli for Mental HealthyDepressionDepression is a condition that affects day-to-day life. It is more than feeling a bit low, or reacting to negative circumstances, it is not a weakness, a personality trait, or a choice of any sort, it is an illness. The good news is there is much that can be done to manage and overcome depression - please see our free resources on depression for...

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    Small charities lack time and skills to use social media effectively, survey finds

    About That First Tweet includes results from a survey of 186 small and medium-sized charities and social enterprises. Fifty-three per cent of those surveyed say they are not using social media effectively in fundraising and marketing.The most popular social medium is Facebook, says the publication, with 75 per cent of organisations using it. Seventy per cent use Twitter, 37 per cent YouTube and...

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    Mental Health experts WHO call for better treatment

    Many are the survivors of infectious diseases, natural disasters and war.In Afghanistan, most families have lost one or more member during the country's 30 years of conflict.And it's estimated about half of Afghans over 15 years of age have mental health problems such as depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder.Outside of the country's capital Kabul there is no mental healthcare...

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    Older person care is at the top of voters concerns

    The polling also laid bare the scale of anxiety about the care crisis, with almost half the population describing themselves as "very" or "extremely" worried about how they, their family and friends will be looked after in old age.It suggests that social care is a major personal concern for around 19 million people in England.Only two per cent of those interviewed said they were not concerned...

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    Technology could limit how benefits are spent

    Max Wind-Cowie, who runs Demos' progressive conservatism project, said:I believe there is scope, because we have the technology to make it a reality, but not only because we have the technology, to use our ability to have more control over what people spend the state's money on.He said the idea could be used to differentiate between benefit claimants that have paid into the welfare system through...

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    Harriet Baldwin outlines exemptions to under-25s benefit cut

    In his speech at the Party's annual conference yesterday, Mr Osborne said:How can we justify giving flats to young people who have never worked, when working people twice their age are still living with their parents because they can't afford their first home?How can we justify a system where people in work have to consider the full financial costs of having another child, whilst those who...

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    "Cuts will limit disabled people's independence"

    The government is planning to close the independent living fund (ILF) - which supplements the funding of independent living support for 19,000 of the most severely disabled people - and transfer the money to local authorities, where the needs of older people are already putting services under increasing strain. This combination of challenges to social care services is set to have a...

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    NICE App available for health and social care professionals

    NICE has developed a mobile app that allows users to access NICE guidance from their smartphone. Both the BNF and BNFC apps are available to download for free by health and social care professionals who work for or who are contracted by NHS England.If you use an Android or iPhone smartphone you can download the free app, which will give you offline access to all of NICE's guidance products,...

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    Is 'disproportionate' force on burglars any alteration to current law?

    However, Grayling has announced that this will be changed to include disproportionate force when tackling intruders, and could be included in the crime bill this Autumn. He has said that he wants to dispel doubts about this matter once and for all.The current law allows householders to use "reasonable force", and they are fully supported by this, provided that:"Grossly disproportionate" force,...

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    Mother challenges Virgin Care takeover of mental health service

    The action is the first of its kind and raises questions about the way NHS and social services are contracted out to private companies. More than 4,000 children will be affected by the change, many of whom are extremely vulnerable.The mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, says her two children, aged nine and 13, both of whom receive treatment for mental health problems, could be...

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    Health Secretary under fire again

    Newly appointed health secretary, Jeremy Hunt has come under fire this weekend after backing a reduction in the legal time limit for women to have abortions, from 24 to 12 weeks.Hunt's comments, which came on the eve of the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham this week, have been heavily criticised from all sides, with Prime Minister David Cameron forced to distance himself from his...

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    Support service to help communities with local investments

    A support service to help communities take ownership of their resources was launched last week by the Department for Communities and Local Government.The Community Shares Unit, which will have a budget of £590,000 over three years, will be run by Co-operatives UK, a trade body that promotes cooperative enterprises, with support from Locality, the network for community-led organisations.The unit...

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    Osborne to cut another £10bn from benefits

    Osborne is expected to will rule out a levy on high-value properties which has been sought by Lib Dems.The chancellor will promise to cut £10bn more from the welfare bill by 2016-17, on top of the £18bn cuts announced in 2010, as the economic downturn lasts longer than expected.In his address, Osborne will spell out ideas for cutting the welfare bill, such as limiting housing benefit for the...

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    Training staff in alternatives to antipsychotics in dementia care

    As many as 180,000 people with dementia are treated with antipsychotic medication in England every year, but only about 36,000 receive any benefit, according to the 2009 Time for action report commissioned by the Department of Health.  Inappropriately prescribing these drugs can double the risk of death, treble the risk of stroke and leave people unable to walk or talk.This has long been...

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    Councils condemned for forcing homeless into B&Bs

    The BBC's Newsnight report claimed councils are increasingly forced into keeping parents and children in B&Bs for more than the government-imposed legal limit of six weeks, as councils struggle to find rented accommodation for them.The programme even found evidence some families were staying in difficult, overcrowded and even dirty conditions in some of the hotels.A Department for Communities and...

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    Govt to develop new method of measuring council performance

    The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is understood to be talking to senior council planners to help define what qualifies as poor performance in the speed and quality of decisions.It follows communities secretary Eric Pickles' announcement last month that the government intends to legislate to allow the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) to decide applications if an English...

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    Community Development Finance Association gets £60m to lend to social enterprises

    The Community Development Finance Association will receive £60m to lend to social, small and micro-enterprises, the business secretary Vince Cable has announced.The scheme is aimed at creating more than 8,000 jobs in deprived areas of England and boosting local growth over six years.The CDFA, the umbrella body for community development finance institutions, will receive £30m from the...

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    NHS change focus of specialists to include mental health and dementia

    Charities and doctors worry about reductions in cancer, heart and stroke funding in the NHS as the focus shifts to also specialise in other key areas.

    The board have decided to replace the large existing bodies in this area and the successor...

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    Study shows benefit cuts affect on Scottish communities

    Unemployment looms over Scotland as almost 2000 more Scots are to be consigned to the dole.The statistics have been drawn up by experts at Strathclyde University's Fraser of Allander Institute, in a study requested by Glasgow City Council to work out exactly what the swingeing cuts would mean in the real world.More than £50million in wages wasted - and £114.8million in benefits taken out of...

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    MP tweets that "job centres are hubs for drugs"

    Labour MP Karl Turner tweeted that people were forced to use foodbanks to survive, to which Conservative councillor James Bannister responded angrily, and many people think, inappropriately.Mr Bannister posted a photo of an African woman with a severely malnourished child to make his point and said many people on benefits chose to spend money on drugs and alcohol.Tweeting from the Labour Party...

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    Child starved to death after benefits delay

    Further tragedies are increasingly likely as more asylum claims are processed while support funding dries up, organisations claim.Details of the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of ‘child EG' and the unrelated death of his mother ‘Mrs G' surfaced in a serious case review and a letter sent to the government by child safety experts at Westminster Council, a flagship Conservative...

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    New Fund to help Homeless Services Prepare for the Future

    Source: Homeless Link The Homelessness Transition Fund has launched a new fund to help homelessness charities respond to pressures caused by rising demand at a time of cuts to funding.Under Future Ready, voluntary sector organisations that work with homeless people can apply for grants from £5,000 - £25,000 to help them respond to the challenges they face.With homelessness numbers at their...

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    Labour considers curbs on universal benefits to pay for social care

     The move is being described as symbolic of its new "One Nation Labour" philosophy.After claiming Disraeli's "one nation", slogan in his conference speech in Manchester on Tuesday, Miliband introduced the concept of One Nation Labour at a follow-up question and answer session in Manchester on Wednesday. He wants to use One Nation Labour to demonstrate that new and old Labour have been...

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    Homeless people are likely to die thirty years earlier than the national average

    The charity for single homeless people is calling on the National Health Service to help prevent high mortality among the homeless after finding the average age of death in the homeless population is 47 compared with 77 in the general population.The research, Homelessness Kills, is believed to be the first review of mortality amongst homeless people and also found homeless people are 20 times...

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    Young Women Refused Entry to a Bus for being Epileptic

    When it comes to rank unreasonableness, he's not alone. In recent years, we've had a model refused entry for being too tall, pensioners wrongly ordered off and a nine-year-old and a 14-year-old ejected for being a few pence short. In separate incidents, two mums were kicked off: one, who was heavily pregnant, for being accompanied by a noisy child, the other for breastfeeding. Most awfully, a...

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    Shadow Employment Minister Stephen Timms has Slammed the Government's Welfare Reform Programme

     Speaking at a fringe event at the Labour Party conference in Manchester (30 Sept - 4th Oct 2012) Mr Timms said that he believed that the universal credit project ‘is in a bit of a mess’.‘The universal credit has been presented as a panacea and it simply won’t be,’ he added. ‘There is the potential that it can simplify the incentives that people are getting to work but a lot of that...

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    Should service users have an entitlement to social work?

     The UK government is seeking to extend the frontiers of choice and control in adult social care beyond direct the direct provision of support to assessment. Its recent White Paper proposed the creation of a market in assessment provision, enabling people who appear to have community care needs to be assessed by organisations other than the council, such as user-led organisations or emerging...

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    Pregnant women, children and people with disabilities among those living on less than 77p a day

    Pregnant women, children and people with disabilities are among those who have been left destitute on Scotland's streets, according to a report by the Scottish Poverty Information Unit (pdf) which is based at Glasgow Caledonian University. The UN benchmark is aimed primarily at raising incomes in developing countries.The report's author, Morag Gillespie of SPIU, said the levels of poverty she...

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    Value of Social Housing Still Falling

    The underlying value of starts in the sector for the three months to the end of September was 5 per cent down on the same period last year. However, the figure represents a slight recovery from earlier this year when figures showed values in the three months to July were 22 per cent down.Overall figures for residential starts were more encouraging, with values 15 per cent up compared to last...

Revenue Optimisation "We really appreciate the work that Support Solutions did for Home Group in securing significant additional revenue for our supported housing schemes. This really will make a positive difference to the way in which we support our vulnerable tenants". Dave Coope - Home Group

 

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