Blog Archive

May 2013

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    Job Vacancy | Dementia Project Co-Ordinator | Reading

    Dementia Project Co-ordinatorBerkshire Care Association (BCA)With Reading and West Berkshire CouncilsReading/West BerkshireSalary: £23,000 paContract: 20-30 hours per week with flexbile working hours, 1 year contractClosing Date: 21/6/2013 @ 23:59pmAs part of the Prime Minister's Dementia Challenge*, Berkshire Care Association (BCA) in partnership with Wokingham, Reading and West Berkshire...

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    Health of Children from Different Socio-Economic Backgrounds Widens

     The research based on data from the Health Survey for England comparing children from birth to age 24 to see whether the efforts to tackle health inequalities in children has worked.The evidence they found when comparing children of different socio-economic background showed that it had not decreased but in fact there was evidence that showed an increase in the gap.It is also expected to rise...

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    Preventing Sexually Exploited Teens from Becoming Homeless

     The need for the service was highlighted in a report on the council's reponse to the crime, and the council is working on providing suitable accommodation.Following a group of young girls becoming victims of grooming by a gang, Rochdale Council is setting up a housing service to prevent them becoming homeless.A review in to the council's response to the insident showed that there is a need for...

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    Man Aged 83 is First Reported Assisted Suicide for Dementia

    Reported @ BBC News | Health on 31/5/13He was assessed as mentally competent to make the decision at the centre in Switzerland, as he was only in the first stages of the disease.He did not want to suffer as the neurodegenerative disease developed and did not want his family to see him suffer.Although there have been other cases of people with dementia, this is the first time the details have been...

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    75% Rise in Prescriptions for Alcohol Dependency

    A government report shows that the number of prescriptions given to people for alocohol dependency has risen by 75% in the last 9 years. The Health and Social Care Information Centre study shows that the cost of alcohol dependency is extremely high.In the past year, the cost of the prescribed drugs totalled around £2.93 million and the number of prescriptions was an increase of 18% on the 2011...

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    NHF Warn Limiting Non-Social Housing could be Restrictive

    The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) have published an approach that suggests social housing be carried out in a ‘discrete corporate entity' with non-social housing activity limited to between 2.5-5% of turnover.Measures to limit non-social housing activity carried out on the main balance sheet of associations risk being unduly restrictive, the National Housing Federation has warned.The NHF...

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    New Approach to Care with "Virtual Wards"

    A report has been released urging hospitals to use this new method of care to help with bed shortages and overcrowding in A&E units.It has already been used in some hospitals to help with growing demand and reduced NHS budgets, and means that patients who do not need to be kept in hospital can return home and be treated from there.As well as reducing the pressure on hospitals it also means...

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    New Avatar Therapy to Help Schizophrenics

    The study was with patients who had not responded to medication, as an alternative therapy to address hallucinations and voices.Patients were able to create the avatars themselves using customised computer software to match the voices they had been hearing.With sessions of therapy using the avatar, they are then coached to be able to stand up to the voices, and in theory fight them off.Published...

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    Job Vacancy | Parental Substance Misuse Social Worker | Newham Borough Council

    Parental Substance Misuse Social WorkerNewham Specialist Substance Misuse Team, East London Foundation Trust and Newham Borough CouncilStratford, Newham - LondonSalary: £28,032-£36,306 pa plus £1,500 pa flexability Benefit PackageContract: Full TimeClosing Date: 7/06/13"This is an exciting opportunity to work in a dynamic team, multi-disciplinary team, offering specialist support to...

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    Charity Urges Government to Protect Night Shelters

     Night shelters have been suffering following a court ruling that said one individual staying in a night shelter was not deemed eligible for housing benefit.The decision was based on his individual circumstances, but following the decision councils have began to reassess their policies for which night shelters would qualify for housing benefit based on the criteria listed in this court case.A...

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    Charities would rather trade as a Social Enterprise

    The results of the survey showed 92% said they would like to increase their income from trading and government contracts in the next three years.From asking 100 charities, the results shows that more than half of the sectors income is now earned through trading and government contracts, rather than charity donations or grants; 90% said they are concerned that traditional voluntary and grant...

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    Bedroom Tax Tenants at Risk of Eviction

    Housing authorities have also confirmed that large numbers of tenants are unable to pay the extra rent caused by the tax.The government's bedroom tax statistics show that 600,000 people would be affected by the implementation of a tax of 14% of their housing benefit on those who have an unused bedroom, and 25% on those who have two unused rooms.These claimants were expected to lose an average of...

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    Rape Victim says Bedroom Tax is Discriminatory

    The woman, know as 'A' to keep her identity protected, issued judicial review proceedings against the secretary of state for Work and Pensions on Friday 24th May. She has a three bedroom adapted home for herself and her son; as she was a victim of rape, assault, harassment and stalking, which has a panic room installed by the police with reinforced doors, electric alarms and alarms linked to the...

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    £44m Funding for 160 Projects Helping Those in Need

     The BIG Lottery Fund have released details of their £44 million funding project to help those who need it most.A grant of £292,789 has been given to a service specifically for families with a child who has a disability, to give specialist advice on benefits, tax credits and other financial assistance. The organisation, Contact A Family, will use this to further develop the support they have,...

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    Direct Payments to Private Landlords In Return for Regulation

    Private rented housing: improving standards for all says that in return, they would receive benefits such as moving people for social housing in to the private sector, and housing benefits could be paid directly to the landlords; this is how it currently works but is changing under the new method of direct payments which has landlords worried they will not receive their rent payments.The paper...

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    Director of External Affairs | Joseph Rowntree Foundation | York

    Director of External Affairs and CommunicationsJoseph Rowntree FoundationBased in YorkSalary: Circa £75,000Closing Date: 17 June 2013 @ 12:01pm"As a high profile, independently-funded charity, our social research and evidence aim to get poverty to the top of everyone's agenda. And as the leader of our 20-strong communications team, you'll play your part in making that happen."The role...

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    £3m Spent on Housing Homeless in Hotels

    Westminster City Council has the most homeless families in temporary accommodation of all London councils. Between October 2012 and March 2013, this service became so overloaded that they had to use expensive hotels to house people while waiting for accommodation to become available.In February, the cost had reached £2 million and in December 2012, Westminster was going over the six-week limit...

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    Lack of Funding for Charities to Manage Finances

     Smaller charities could be hindered by relying on staff who are underqualified for the position, in particular for financial management roles.Making it Count: A Report into Financial Management in Small Charities shows that most financial management is carried out by staff and trustees who do not have adequate financial expertise.This is usually due to lack of funding available to employ people...

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    WCA is Declared Too Difficult to Navigate

    Two people with mental health problems have taken the case to court as they have said the system discriminates against them. This is because people who have conditions such as theirs may lack insight can struggle to gather the right documents needed for a successful claim, such as doctors' reports.They put forward that where a claim is from someone with a mental health problem, it should be the...

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    Telehealth Can Give Patients Better Care

    Telehealth can make use of modern technology to allow patients to manage their conditions at home, reducing the need for primary care and hospital visits, and giving patients much more control over their own health.The equipment can often be expensive, especially in the initial process of setting it up, as well as complicated, but there is much more than can be done with current technologies...

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    Calls to Improve Domestic Violence Procedures

    The family of a woman murdered by her ex-partner following complaints to the police are calling for a public inquiry into how complaints of domestic violence are handled.See details of Maria Stubbings case and errors below.Since the death of Ms Stubbings, there have been two other fatal domestic violence cases in Essex, which has prompted her family to demand a public enquiry from home secretary...

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    Reforms Will Not Solve Social Care Funding Problems

    The Government's Care Bill  is introducing a care cap on individual contributions towards care costs, based on the recommendations put forward by the Dilnot Commission in 2011.However, the final draft of the reform has not used the full guidelines as recommended by Andrew Dilnot and the King's Fund say this will not go far enough.The recommended cap on care costs in the Dilnot report is...

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    A Disabled Woman Dies following NHS Mistakes

    A series of mistakes from two NHS organisations is found to have contributed to the death of a young woman with physical and learning disabilities, the NHS ombudsman has concluded in a highly critical report that has highlighted the issue of prejudicial attitudes leading to poor care for such vulnerable patients.The report, by NHS ombudsman Dame Julie Mellor, finds that Tina Papalabropoulos,...

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    The UK spends £2bn housing homeless families in short-term accommodation

    The Chief executive of the homelessness charity Crisis, Leslie Morphy, said..."For the sake of cutting just a few pounds a week from their benefits, families and individuals are being forced out of their homes to be put in B&B's or temporary accommodation, that costs us far more."In London alone, more people are expected to become homeless due to the fact that 7,000 families who depend on...

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    £260m funding for hospitals to go digital

     Jeremy Hunt has today announced a £260 million fund to aim toward the NHS going digital by 2018.It is open to hospitals to help replace outdated systems, in particular for patients notes and prescriptions.This will hopefully help to increase accuracy in patient's details, and all the information about a patients care will be available.This is also hoping to improve the consistency of care...

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    txtm8 - 24/7 support via text for young people

    This is an area that is crucial to help young people, who are often hard to reach. The service will be available 24 hours a day and responses will be within 30 minutes of each enquiry, with specialist health workers replying to each text message.Providing crucial sex and relationship information to young people is always a challenge; and responding to enquiries 24 hours a day can be even more...

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    Eligibility for Housing Benefit Puts Shelters Under Threat

     Most shelters rely on the benefit for income, but the definition of a 'home' is being changed due to a legal ruling, which could result in the withdrawal of funding.This would result in closure for many shelters across the country, as councils are having to review their policy of who is entitled to the benefit.The council's reassessment of the definition is following an upper tribunal judgement...

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    Full Impact of Housing Benefit Reforms Yet to Come

    Research released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) shows the effect that the reforms to housing benefits have had across the United Kingdom.The research has looked at the impact of changes to local housing allowance (LHA) in the private rented sector, and has shown that the impact has been "geographically limited" and has hit the capital the hardest so far.Analysis of the reduction...

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    Domestic Violence against Women: World Issues

    After surveying more than 10,000 men and 2,000 women, James Lang, the Programmes Director of Patterns for Prevention, stressed the significance of data validity for selected sites accross 6 pacific countries (China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Bangladesh).Shocking preliminary findings from his methodologies at the symposium on Gender-based Violence and Research held on the 9th...

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    Increased Demand for Emergency Welfare

     Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) is intended to be paid out as an emergency when someone claiming housing benefit or council tax benefit is having difficulty paying the rest of the rent themselves.Since the bedroom tax was introduced on 1st April last month, numerous councils in Britain a reporting a huge increase in the demand for the fund.The government allocated initially £60 million but...

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    Integration by 2018 will Improve Care Standards

     Norman Lamb has said that full integration will see an end to uncoordinated services leading to patients being passed around the health and social care systems.The Department of Health (DoH) has said there will be a drop in the number of patients needlessly stuck in hospitals when health and social care are integrated in 2018.NHS England will have a budget of about £1bn to ensure there are...

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    Autism:The Care System Fails...

    It has been three years since the enactment of the Autism Act which came to force in November 2009.It sets out a national autism strategy and states the responsiblities of the local authorities, to cater to the needs of people living with autism and particularly to the care of adults who may slip away from benefitting from the act.However, the study of over 1000 survey responses from the...

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    £10m funding for hospital aftercare for the homeless

    Anna Soubry, Public health minister, has announced £10m funding to ensure homeless people are to receive better help once they leave hospital. Anna Soubry said:Homeless people are too often discharged back onto the street without their problems being properly addressed. This is damaging to their health and increases NHS costs through ‘revolving door' admissions. We are making £10 million...

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    Bedroom Tax 'Discriminates' Against Disabilities

    Jacqueline Carmichael is challenging regulation B13 introduced into the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006, which will see a single person or a couple with no children having their housing benefit reduced by 14% where they occupy a two-bedroom home and by 25% if they occupy a home with three or more bedrooms.Mrs Carmichael lives with her husband in a two-bedroom flat run by One Vision Housing. She...

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    Job Vacancy | Development Officer | Royal Borough of Greenwich

    Development Officer Royal Borough of Greenwich, Housing Strategy and Partnerships DivisionGreenwichSalary: £33,500 - £36,306Contract: Full time (35 hrs), PermanentClosing Date: 31/5/13 @ 23:55Our vision is for a borough where everyone is able to afford a decent home of their choice, and where people feel proud, safe and able to contribute to the life of their local community.The ...

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    £750k Funding to Restoring Empty Homes

     The Nationwide Foundation, backed by the UK building society, is offering the grants and loans to financially stable projects that will be turning empty properties into safe, decent homes for people in need.Despite the current lack of housing stock, the UK has around 300,000 long term empty homes and many more commercial properties that could be used as homes.The charity will be offering the...

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    Housing Needs to Work Closer with Health and Social Care

     The CIH have called for housing associations and landlords to work more closely with health and social care providers, to get the benefits from the partnership.They have suggested a localised approach to this, and have suggested that housing organisations approach local GPs and new commissioning groups to offer local services, such as supported housing, housing-related support, housing...

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    Universal Credit will make "most people worse off"

    The report published by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the TUC says that the new system will be severely undermined by the recent tax credit and benefit changes.It states that although Universal Credit will improve some aspects of the benefits system, it is unlikely to lift families out of poverty or help remove barriers to working.Even though these are part of the wider intentions of...

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    Report on Sex in Prisons shows Hidden Area

    One of the issues that arose is that managers of prisons are ignoring that the inmates would have sex because they are not homosexual and therefore do not provide them with protection.Officially, sexual relationships between prisoners - as well as between staff and inmates - are prohibited. But prisoners should have free access to protection and condoms must be supplied if prisoners are thought...

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    Telecare Improves Lives in Pilot Project

    Telecare, including various specialist assisted living equipment, has been installed in the homes of as part of the NHS pilot project. They have reported significant improvement in the quality of their lives and capabilities using the new equipment.The Environmental Control System (ECS) can be controlled by touch, voice, different keys and switches to control the environment eg, electronic door...

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    Social-Media Interactions for Victims of Domestic Violence

    Very recent statistics from the Guardian indicates that one in six men and one in four women will suffer some kind of domestic abuse during their lifetime. In 2011/2012, domestic violence accounted for 15% of all violent incidents in England and Wales even as only few cases are reported. The Crime Survey of England and Wales identified that 1.2 million women and 800,000 men reported being...

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    Abuse Poster That Only a Child Can See

    The special design means that the image you see is different depending on the angle you view it at, so the helpline is only visible from a childs height.This is intended to be a private message for if the child is with the person who abuses them, to prevent their abuser discouraging them from calling the number.Spanish organisation the Anar Foundation used lenticular printing - a technique which...

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    More Specialist Housing Needed for Dementia

    The National Housing Federation (NHF) have released a report urging the government to keep up with the increasing need for specialist housing. Dementia: Finding housing solutions shows that good adapted housing is crucial in supporting people with the illness and can play a crucial role in helping people with dementia live independently for longer.The report says that early intervention can...

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    Charities and Businesses form New Social Enterprise

    New methods need to be found for funding new social enterprises to free them from traditional methods and generate new methods of spending as well as methods of funding.Foundations traditionally donate to other organisations through grants, but recently have started providing affordable but repayable finance to social enterprises and charities.Joining charities and businesses together could be a...

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    Housing Minister's Speech on Localism

     Some governments have tended to focus on home ownership. And other governments have been pre-occupied with the social sector. Yet on their own, neither will suffice.That's why this government is working to help all the sectors grow, because we recognise that the condition of each affects the others.I have recently met with Churches Together nationally, to better understand how this pastoral...

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    Empty Properties to House Homeless

    Cardiff Council are working with Cardiff Community Housing Association to bring the properties up to standard so they can be used to help tackle homelessness.The 40 homes have all been empty for some time, and therefore will help improve the community for them to be renovated.It will also improve the homeless situation in the area, as there has been a long term void in available housingThe Welsh...

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    Choosing your Carer Online!

    It is set up as a website (CarePair.co.uk) and smart phone app, created by a man who has muscular dystrophy and employs his carers using direct payments.With direct payments you are allocated an amount after an assessment of your needs for you to use where you need it to help you.Russell Smith had the idea of Care Pair as he struggled to find a suitable carer to match his every day needs, which...

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    £10k funding for those working with adults/children with physical disabilities

    The Paul Bush Foundation Trust was founded by Bush & Company Rehabilitation in 2012, after 25 years experience in the field of severe and catastrophic injury, with the following aims:The trustees welcome applications from all sectors of society which meet the specified criteria and are committed to developing the Trust over future years to ensure a diverse and inclusive Trust.See below for...

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    Direct Payments can now go to Landlord

    It has not been dramatically announced, but revealed in the details given to the Greater Manchester housing benefit staff.The area of Ashton Under Lyme are the first to officially trial universal credit starting yesterday, and are the first to see this change in the details, reading:Landlords can refer rent arrears cases to Universal Credit; those which are under 2 months rent will trigger...

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    Are GPS tags for Dementia Patients barbaric?

    It has been introduced by Sussex police for the tags to be attached to older care patients who are likely to wonder off, as Sussex Police have estimated that one-in-four of more than 300 missing persons inquiries it launched in 2011 involved a dementia patient.A number of local authorities are already using similar devices to track sufferers, but this is believed to be the first time a police...

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