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Adult social care to be transformed
Council is to consult on the biggest transformation of adult social
care for more than 60 years. On Friday 25 June, the Cabinet is
being recommended to approve two key reports which propose major
changes in the way services are delivered, and will mean many more
people being supported.
A new system called “Liverpool Cares” will be introduced, based upon
the hugely successful Personalisation programme which has increased
choice, promoted independence and improved the quality of life for
vulnerable people. It will focus the council on meeting
people’s individual needs and support them to live independently,
rather than them having to choose from a rigid list of care
The move follows the introduction of “Putting People First”, a
government initiative which has already led to a huge number of
people opting to use direct payments to choose for themselves the
type of care they want to receive. By 2011, more than 4,000
people will be doing this in Liverpool, resulting in a huge drop in
demand for in-house services such as day centres - some of which are
now half empty.
To bring social care up-to-date and tackle excess capacity and
duplication, a root and branch review of the council’s in-house
social care service is also being launched. It will cover everything
from home care to day centres, supported accommodation and
Under the new-look service, 12 day centres and three residential
care homes are set to be amalgamated to become six new ‘Health and
Wellbeing Care Centres’ in neighbourhoods across the city.
The 6 centres will be split into 2 different types:
· 3 round-the-clock centres in the north, centre and south of the
city providing a total of 85 intermediate care and crisis beds
offering rehabilitation free of charge for up to 4 weeks, followed
by home based support
· 3 community ‘hubs’ in the north, central and south, open 12 hours
per day, 7 days a week. They will provide intensive health and
social care support for people with complex needs and placements for
people coming out of acute care. One to one support will be provided
with help and guidance around employment, leisure activities,
housing, training opportunities and much more. They will also be a
place for people to meet and hold events
Consultation is already underway on transforming Lime Court Day
Centre in Kensington into the first of the 3 hubs.
The intermediate care beds will be aimed at make sure people do not
end up deteriorating so that they end up institutionalised in
residential or nursing accommodation permanently, or end up being
admitted to hospitals. Instead, they will be given intense
support through rehabilitation so they can return to living
independently again – known in the social care profession as “re-ablement”.
The role of the workforce will change, with staff in the in-house
service increasingly becoming advocates to support and promote
independence for the user, rather than doing the work for them.
A team of “person-centred planners” will be created, to work in the
community, assessing the needs of people and working closely with
them on a one-to-one basis to secure the care they want.
Overall, there will be a significant increase in the number of
people being supported – up from 1756 to 2606.
It will be paid for by ploughing the money saved from
decommissioning the redundant buildings and staff savings into
direct payments for people and personalisation of the services they
receive. New people coming into the system with moderate care
needs will be assessed and supported to find services provided by
other organisations. An annual review will be introduced for all
people who currently receive moderate care, during which their needs
will be re-assessed. They will then be fully supported and assisted
into alternative services.
Councillor Roz Gladden, Cabinet member for adult health and social
care said:- “This is a really big change that will completely
transform the way in which people access and receive care in
Liverpool. I completely understand that people will be nervous
and anxious about it, but the council will be working closely with
them during the consultation process to explain exactly what it all
The changes we are making are moving forward changes which are
actually already underway. People are already voting with their feet
and the demand for our traditional services has been shrinking for
We simply must respond to that and change the way we operate and
deliver the type of services our residents want and need. We
can no longer go on providing services in the 21st century which
were first designed back in the 1940s. Doing nothing is simply not
A full consultation on the in-house service review will be launched
in the next few weeks involving people who receive care, their
carers, staff, partner organisations and the unions.
WITNESS APPEAL - RTC
AT JUNCITON OF MYRTLE STREET AND CATHERINE STREET
Police have issued an appeal for witnesses to a serious RTC, which
happened at the junction of Myrtle Street and Catherine Street in
the city centre on Saturday, 19 June 2010. The incident happened at
2.55pm and involved a black VW Polo and a Suzuki motorbike. The
rider suffered head injuries and was taken to the Walton Centre for
treatment where is condition remains critical. The driver of the car
remained at the scene and is assisting police with their
investigation. Anyone with any information is asked to call the
Roads Policing Investigation Unit at Smithdown Lane police station
on:- 0151 777 5771, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555
People in Southport urged to brew up support to
help vulnerable children
PEOPLE in Southport are being
encouraged to make their cuppa count for the NSPCC by backing the
charity’s latest fundraising initiative “Stop for Tea.” The
Stop for Tea campaign aims to get people to organise their own Stop
for Tea event and raise money to support the NSPCC’s drive to end
cruelty to children.
There are many ways that people can get involved. For example by
organising a traditional afternoon tea in the office, organising a
children’s tea party or even by “teeing off” on your local golf
course to raise money.
All cuppa lovers can get involved, whether it is at home with family
and friends or in the workplace with colleagues, clients and
customers. All you need to do is pour the tea, have fun and raise
lots of money to help give children and young people a safer future.
Janette Drew, NSPCC community fundraising manager for Southport
said:- “The Stop for Tea campaign is a fantastic way to get
involved and help the NSPCC raise vital funds to run projects for
children, young people and families who need support. If we all play
a part in raising the awareness, then together we can help put a
stop to the horrors children and young people face.
More than 165 million cups of tea are enjoyed in the UK every single
day and the NSPCC need your help to ensure that as many of them as
possible are poured to help children."
None of the services and projects would be possible without the
continued generosity of donors, fundraisers and supporters. If you
are interested in finding out more or to get a Stop for Tea
fundraising pack call:- 0161 628 1209,
email or visit:-
Usdaw welcomes increase in Minimum Wage
THE shopworkers union Usdaw has
welcomed the Coalition Government's decision to accept the
recommendations of the Low Pay Commission and increase all 3 rates
of the National Minimum Wage.
The new rates, which will now come into force on 1 October 2010 are
· £5.93 per hour for workers aged 21 and over - a 2.2% increase on
the current £5.80 rate.
· £4.92 per hour for 18 to 20 year olds - a 1.9% increase on the
current £4.83 rate.
· £3.64 per hour for 16 to 17 year olds - a 2% increase on the current
In addition, the Government accepted the Low Pay Commission's
recommendation that the adult rate of the National Minimum Wage
should start at 21 years of age rather than 22.
The Government also announced that it had accepted the Low Pay
Commission's recommendation to introduce an apprentice minimum wage
of £2.50 per hour. The new rate will apply to those apprentices who
are under 19 or those that are aged 19 and over but in the first
year of their apprenticeship.
John Hannett, Usdaw General Secretary said:- "This is very
welcome news for the millions of low paid workers who rely on the
National Minimum Wage to help them maintain a decent standard of
living. The Government should now make sure low paid workers see the
benefit of the increase by avoiding changes to the tax and benefits
system in today's budget that would worsen their living standards."
MEP's timber success
A North West Euro-MP's 6 year
campaign to try and halt the destruction of tropical rainforests has
secured a major victory.
The import into Europe of timber from illegal sources will be banned
from 2012 thanks to a deal struck in Brussels. Southport,
Formby and Liverpool
timber wholesalers have all been warned that they will have to secure
proof that the wood they buy has come from legally managed sources
or face the risk of prosecution.
Illegal tree-felling is one of the biggest sources of deforestation
on the planet. Huge sums of money are made by corrupt businesses
that pay no respect to national laws. Builders often use the
illegal wood without being aware of its origin, although some major
DIY retailers now ensure that their wood comes only from sustainable
Liberal Democrat MEP Chris Davies first tried to persuade the
European Commission that timber imports should be banned in 2004.
Davies said:- "The lawyers told me then that it couldn't be
done, but unless the people who buy the timber are forced to check
the source we will never curb the criminals. The pressure has
been kept up and now EU governments have agreed to try and halt the
destruction of forests."
The market for illegal timber in Europe is estimated to be worth
over £1 billion. The EU's 27 members account for 20% of world-wide
illegal timber imports.