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This page last updated on 21 October 2020
CARE England, the largest
representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has written
to the Chancellor seeking clarity and additional financial support for adult
social care staff who are required to shield. Professor Martin Green,
Chief Executive of Care England, says:- "The latest guidance leaves many
loopholes and does not give enough certainty as to how staff in the social care
sector who are clinically extremely vulnerable should be looked after."
From an employment perspective Guidance on shielding and protecting people who
are clinically extremely vulnerable from Covid19 if applied, will be problematic
for health and social care staff in high risk areas. The guidance does nothing
to indicate the approach care providers should take to their staff who are
clinically extremely vulnerable beyond the existing suggestion that it is for
employers to put in place appropriate measures to keep their staff safe and the
DHSC letter suggesting the issues should be subject to a risk assessment.
Care England is calling for a greater degree of level of guidance to be issued
for health and care providers which aids providers to make these employment
related decisions; with increasing transmission levels of Covid19 the number of
very high alert levels will continue to increase, and this issue will only
become more pertinent. Professor Green continues:- "Our staff are
our biggest resource and we need to look after them as best we can. With limited
guidance and dedicated financial assistance this is very tricky thus we hope
that the Chancellor will be able to shed some much needed light on the
Wirral School staff threaten
to walk out over cut to hours and pay
WIRRAL UNISON has, Wednesday, 21
October 2020 begun a ballot which asks 20 School Support Staff, at Woodchurch
Road Primary Schoolm whether they want to take strike action. The Union's strike
ballot has emerged in response to a proposed cut to Woodchurch Road Primary
School staff's hours of up to 20%. This cut to hours could see teaching
assistants and play workers lose out as much as ₤3885 in pay every year. The
School; which is run by the Local Authority is currently looking to cut over
₤100,000 from their financial deficit.
A Woodchurch Road Primary School teaching assistant said:- "I'm passionate
about my job as a TA in Woodchurch Road Primary School and I am fully committed
to the children, who I believe will suffer hugely both academically and
pastorally, due to a greatly reduced level of TA support in and around the
classroom. Since the School's financial discrepancies first came to light a few
years ago, we are already running on reduced staff and this will be ongoing
for the foreseeable future until the debt is significantly reduced. As a result,
both myself and the remaining TAs are under increased pressure on a financial
and an emotional level due to no fault of our own. In an attempt to reduce the
debt, it has been proposed that TAs are to undertake a 20% pay cut; this equates
to working 1 day per week unpaid! Not only will this affect the day to day
running of the School, it will negatively impact on my personal finances thus
causing great worry and distress."
Wirral UNISON Schools Officer Steve Bennett said:- "Teaching assistants
and play workers are absolutely essential to the education Woodchurch Road
provides to local children. Cutting School Support Staff's hours affects not
only their families' livelihoods, but also the futures of the children who
Wirral UNISON Deputy Branch Secretary Lois Founds said:- "We have heard
during this pandemic about how essential education is; we agree. So why is the
Council putting the future of this local School at risk? The blame for this
School's financial woes does not lay with its dedicated teaching assistants or
play workers. And the solution to these financial issues must not result in
cutting standards of education for our children or driving key workers into
poverty. We vow to launch a campaign uniting the local community and the
School's Support Staff to 'Save Woodchurch Road School,' This is what our
members, the community, and crucially, the children who attend the School
Mick Whitley, MP for Birkenhead said:- "I am very concerned at the
proposal to cut staff hours at Woodchurch Road Primary School. I would ask the
Council to reconsider the proposed cuts and open constructive negotiations with
the trade Union, UNISON, on alternatives that can save the future of this School
and the jobs of its staff."
CARE England, the largest
representative body for independent providers of adult social care, is looking
to the future with its online conference, on Thursday, 12 November 2020,
entitled Tomorrow's World.
Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England, says:- "The
health and social care sector has been thrown into the spotlight over the last
few months and Tomorrow's World will give us a chance to take stock of what has
been achieved and what needs to be done further down the line in order to build
an even better tomorrow for the care sector."
Delegates will have the opportunity to hear from three of the main influencers
and shapers of care in tomorrow's world:-
Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee - The
Future of Health and Social Care.
Terroni, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, CQC - The Future of Care Home
Gould, CEO, NHSX - How We Can Use Tech to Transform Care.
Professor Green continues:- "We are delighted to have such a good line up
of speakers both on 12 November 2020, and also throughout the month of November
with a series of free webinars under the 'Tomorrow's World' banner."
The webinars will be live streamed and
Chaired by Professor Martin Green OBE, CEO of Care England. Each session will
last 60 minutes and include a question and answer session. You can register for
free at Care England Conference 2020 and for further information please
Regulating video sharing
platforms - a guide to the new requirements
OFCOM has published a guide to
the new regulatory requirements for UK based video sharing platforms (VSPs).
From 1 November 2020, UK established VSPs will be required to comply with new
rules around protecting users from harmful content. The main purpose of the new
regulatory regime is to protect consumers who engage with VSPs from the risk of
viewing harmful content. Providers must have appropriate measures in place to
protect minors from content which might impair their physical, mental or moral
development; and to protect the general public from criminal content and
material likely to incite violence or hatred. Ofcom has published a short
guide outlining the new statutory requirements on providers that can be read
Ofcom said:- "VSPs are a type of
online video service where users can upload and share videos. They allow users
to engage with a wide range of content and social features. Under the new
regulations, VSPs must have appropriate measures in place to protect children
from potentially harmful content and all users from criminal content, and
incitement to hatred and violence. VSPs will also need to ensure standards
around advertising are met. Today's guide is designed to help UK based VSPs
understand their new obligations and sets out Ofcom's approach to carrying out
our new duties. We will engage with potential VSPs to assist them in
understanding the steps they should take to ensure compliance. We will also be
developing and consulting on further guidance on the risks of harm to users and
the measures services should take to mitigate them. We understand the
Government's intention is that VSP regulation will be in place until such time
as the new Online Harms regime comes into force."
LGA responds to Skills for
Care workforce report
RESPONDING to Skills for Care's
annual State of the Adult Social Care Workforce report, which showed there are
still around 112,000 job vacancies in social care, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman
of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, said:-
"Social care makes an incredibly valuable contribution in supporting people to
live the lives they want to lead, as well to wider society and the economy,
which this report shows. This has been highlighted even further by the immense
efforts of the care workforce during the pandemic. Despite the extraordinary
endeavours of all those who work in this skilled profession, we still face a
huge recruitment and retention crisis in social care, with more than 100,000
vacancies available on any given day and extremely high turnover rates. Urgent
action is needed for the care workforce including on pay, professionalization,
skills and training. We look forward to working with Skills for Care to help
address this. The upcoming Spending Review must provide Councils with the extra
funding they need to help shore up social care ahead of winter and get through
the second wave of Covid19, while also using this as the basis for future reform
of social care to place it on a long term, sustainable footing."
Total UK cases COVID19 cases in
and around Liverpool City Region
THE total number of UK
Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory
confirmed, within the UK, has risen by 26,688 cases and the
total number now stand at 789,229, that includes tests
carried out by commercial partners which are not included in
the 4 National totals.
The total number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added
to the total, was sadly reported to be:- 191, within 28 days
of positive test, according to the Department of Health. The
total number of deaths of people who have had a positive
test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS laboratory
is:- 44,158, within 28 days of positive test. Deaths with
Covid19 on the death certificate:- 58,164.
The number of COVID-19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
6,479. The current number of COVID-19 patients currently in
mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 629. Daily
number of COVID-19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 996.
In England, there are a total of 669,973 confirmed cases.
North West - total of 167,698 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the
Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
Area and number of confirmed cases:-
LIVERPOOL City Region
6,697 confirmed cases.
1 to 10
11 to 20
21 to 30
31 to 40
41 to 50
number of laboratory confirmed cases within
Local Authorities around the Liverpool City
Region are as follows:-
Darwen, 4,618 confirmed cases.
2,741 confirmed cases.
8,083 confirmed cases.
4,942 confirmed cases.
East, 4,949 confirmed cases.
West and Chester, 4,640 confirmed cases.
25,567 confirmed cases.
16,421 confirmed cases.
7,226 confirmed cases.
Covid19 deaths are now measured across the UK as deaths that
occurred within 28 days of the 1st laboratory confirmed
positive Covid19 test. Daily and cumulative
numbers of COVID19 patients admitted to Hospital. Data are
not updated every day by all 4 nations and the figures are
not comparable as Wales include suspected COVID19 patients
while the other nations include only confirmed cases.
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