The Chancellor of the Exchequer has an opportunity today to prove that he, and indeed this government, cares about some of the UK’s most vulnerable people in our country.
Much has been made recently of a number of high-profile firms deliberately targeting people with autism in their recruitment campaigns.
We waited…and waited…and waited…and then it ended, and without a single mention of the funding crisis that is crippling the social care sector, or any promise of additional funding.
Supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our society can be a truly humbling experience.
I’m sure we would all agree that the quality of care and support we provide for our individual service users is what sets Swanton apart as a care provider.
Well the big day is almost here and I'm sure all the preparations are well underway to make the most of the festive season. There are certainly a lot of great Christmas jumpers out there! As I write this I am on my way to Southfields and looking forward to joining their festive celebrations.
Last month the Chancellor announced his plans to deliver extra funding for social care in the Comprehensive Spending Review.
In the months leading up to the 2015 General Election, it was widely expected another coalition government would be returned, most likely with a Labour Prime Minister.
There are currently 1.6 million people working in the social care sector, combined with the 1.4 million workers in the NHS, and women currently comprise 82 per cent of the care workforce. Yet a recent joint study by Anchor and International Longevity Centre-UK concluded that women alone would not be capable of meeting the expected rise in workers needed to cope with the ageing population. Gaps in the current workforce have also been highlighted in the recent UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) report.
Politics, participation and accessibility: the Learning Disabilities community and the general electWednesday 20th May 2015
Despite an estimated 1.4 million people in the UK living with a Learning Disability and millions more acting as carers and providing support, when it comes to politics this community is both overlooked and underrepresented. With the General Election just around the corner, there has been little mention of Learning Disability issues in any manifesto produced by the major parties. Beyond the policy pledges and promises for the next parliament, specific barriers to engagement for members of the Swanton community may be located much closer to home: at the polling station.
In February, Greater Manchester and NHS England announced innovative plans to bring together their health and social care budgets. Greater Manchester has now begun its journey down this path of unchartered territory, taking control of its health budget this month. So will this devolution improve social care on the ground?
A recent British Medical Journal (BMJ) report found that a third of NHS contracts awarded since the coming into force of the Health and Social Care Act in April of 2013 went to independent providers. Much was made of the figures secured by the BMJ through Freedom of Information requests. However, not enough was made of the underlying, substantive issue – what does this mean for quality of care and choice for patients and their loved ones?