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2 December 2010
are never too old!
THEY say you
are never too old and you’re certainly never too old to care.
National award winning at home care company, Home Instead Senior
Care are finding more and more retired people who are just not ready
to take it steady and have bags of energy to care for others, just
like ex- forces man, Peter Dooley from Southport.
Local Hillside man, Peter, 69, knew he had so much more to give
after retiring and with his desire to help people in the community
he joined the Southport office of Home Instead in the role of
Caregiver, a role that has changed his life.
Irene Hough and Anthea Pilkington, co-owners of the Southport office
want to meet more people like Peter and are currently looking to
recruit up to 20 more Caregivers.
Home Instead’s main aim is to enable elderly people to remain in
their homes for as long a possible allowing them to maintain as much
independence as they can.
Commenting, Irene said:- “It is important to Home Instead that
we match Caregivers to clients ensuring they can create a real bond.
Peter is a brilliant Caregiver. There has been an immediate
connection between Peter and his clients, with the majority being
male and ex-forces themselves. They enjoy reminiscing about their
regiments in the good old days.”
Commenting, Peter said:- “Since joining Home Instead my life
has changed. To be able to have a positive affect on someone’s day
is very special. Some people can become very lonely with their
families being dotted across the world and they really appreciate
the companionship. I never realised how lucky I was to have my
family so close.”
Irene and Anthea want to talk to other local people of all ages who
have compassionate and caring natures and are interested in working
in the care industry. Candidates don’t need to have experience in
the care sector as they will receive excellent training, but they
may well have experience looking after a relative or friend.
For more information on joining the team or on the services
provided, please call the Southport office on:- 01704 547938 or visit:-
Tron Legacy Photograph
THIS is the
re-birth of an action science fiction film that was in 1982 a
massive hit and paved the way for many other films with computer
generated worlds and adventures. Now, a decade on, this new Disney
film is set to recapture that electronic world and plunge a new
generation of fans into the distinctive visual world that is Tron.
It is also the return of the iconic Master Control Program. We have
had the privilege of being invited by Disney and Hewlett-Packard
Development Company to experience in London a preview of what is to
be unvalued to audiences across the world. We also got to see an
amazing light display as well as the opportunity to see the light
bike above. This incredible prop is around 8 tun and was shipped
over to the UK from the USA, specially for the launch of Tron Legacy
3D in the UK, at the European Premier in London. To see a few clips
of the amazing light display and a few more pictures, go to next
week’s edition. Also we have a surprises in next week’s edition! So
do not miss it! To find out more about Tron go to:-
TRON LEGACY IN CINEMAS 26 DECEMBER 2010
PUBLIC SECTOR PAY RATIO IS A “RED HERRING"
hard-hitting response to the Hutton Review of fair pay, UNISON,
warns that unfairness and income inequality is placing a huge burden
on the economy and on society as a whole. The union says that if the
Government is serious about tackling pay inequality it needs to look
at both the private and public sector.
UNISON hit back at government claims that introducing a 20:1 pay
ratio between those at the top and those at the bottom in the public
sector, will deliver fair pay, calling it “a red herring”.
The union supports narrowing the pay gap between those at the top
and the bottom, but, if the 20:1 ration was introduced in the public
sector, it would affect a miniscule 0.0001% of the workforce.
The union highlighted the real issues blocking fairness in the
public sector - low pay and inequality. It warned that the
government’s public spending cuts and increased privatisation, will
only deepen unfairness by depressing wages and fragmenting the
Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary, said:- “The
government’s warm words on pay fairness should not fool anyone. Hard
and fast public spending cuts, plus the drive to privatise local
services, will depress wages, fragment the workforce, undermining
moves towards fairness.
The 20:1 pay ratio is a red herring, designed to grab headlines,
but, an empty gesture that won’t boost fairness. The real top to
bottom pay gap is in the private sector. Here the boardroom bosses
award themselves massive pay rises, big bonuses and generous pension
perks, while those at the bottom get paid a tiny fraction of their
salaries and are frozen out of pension schemes.
If the Government had proposed extending the pay ratio into the
private sector, this would have made a real difference, but it has
no plans to do so.
The real issues standing in the way of fairness are low wages and
income inequality. More than one million public sector workers earn
less than £7 per hour. Even more are struggling with heavy debt.
Pressure on family budgets will only increase with high inflation
and the imposition of a pay freeze. Low pay hits families hard, and hits women, ethnic minorities,
the disabled and the young hardest. Low-income families are more
likely to have health problems, live in neighbourhoods with high
crime rates, and have children that are facing educational failure.
Freezing public sector pay now may save the Government money in the
short term, but they are storing up massive problems for the future
which will cost them and society dear.”
In its evidence to the Hutton Commission, UNISON says that the main
reason why some public sector bosses are getting pay hikes, is
because senior managers have been taken out of national bargaining,
so they can award themselves bigger rises, whilst those at the
bottom are hit by the Government’s pay freeze.
In addition, more than 40 years after the Equal Pay Act, many public
sector workers are still waiting for equal pay. The union claims
that splitting the workforce off by privatising services is standing
in the way of delivering a rate for the job. The union is calling
for rigorous job evaluation and transparent pay and for grading
structures to be truly fair, and said that it had many years of
experience working with government and employers to deliver just
The union points to the government’s spending cuts as a catalyst
for a rise in inequalities, because the cuts are hitting the poorest
hardest. This has huge knock on affect for our society, the taxpayer
the treasury and the public pick up the bill for additional tax
credits, other benefits, and the increased demand for NHS services.
Although surveys repeatedly confirm that the majority of public
service workers are motivated primarily by the desire to ‘make a
difference’ and deliver quality services to the public, throughout
all sectors, a significant proportion say that their pay and/or
grading does not adequately reflect the value of the work they do.
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