Visiting Care Homes
CARE England, the largest representative
body for independent providers of adult Social Care, has
expressed immense frustration over the delay in Visitor
Guidance. Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care
England, says:- "We are at a loss to know why the
Department of Health and Social Care is incapable of making
swift decisions at a time of crisis. As the country unlocks,
care providers are in the dark as to what is permissible in
terms of visitors to their residents, or indeed residents
leaving their homes on visits. This should have been a priority
for the DHSC given that Care Homes are central to fighting this
Providers are very aware of the role that friends and family
play in supporting their loved ones. The primary concern of
providers has, and will continue to be, the health and well
being of all the individuals they support and their staff. With
that in mind it is important that we find ways of supporting
increased contact with families and friends, but that this is
approached in a way that is safe, sensible and does not undo all
of the efforts of so many care providers to date.
The starting point for decision making must be safety,
transparency and a human rights based approach. As the rest of
the nation unlocks it is not right to keep people with care and
support needs locked down indefinitely. Any move towards
increased liberty of movement must be accompanied by ongoing
person centred risk assessments and with due regard to the
safety of other service users and staff.
Martin Green continues:- "In the absence of Government
guidance, on 10 June 2020, Care England published its own
statement on visitation for learning disability providers. We
supported a separate CPA document for providers for older people
too. However with new changes to shielding and the wider lifting
of lockdown we now need a national framework led by government
to support the complex steps to normality for Care Home
Support for the Care Home
CARE England, the
largest representative body for independent providers of adult
Social Care, has reasserted its calls for the long term
financial sustainability of the adult Social Care sector.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England,
says:- "Adult Social Care has been through a torrid time.
Before the pandemic hit the long term sustainability of the
sector was in question. With additional human and financial
costs incurred it is high time that the sector was guaranteed
the support, recognition and understanding that it needs and
The Chancellor is expected to outline a package of support for
the business sector tomorrow and as a vital component of the
economy, Care Homes are hoping to be resourced accordingly.
There are many ways in which the pressure on the sector can be
alleviated for example national insurance holidays, business
support measures, sufficient funding for the sector and tax
support. Care England welcomed the Chancellor's announcement
last week to extend a VAT holiday on PPE which is one really
helpful measure to support the front line. During the course of
the pandemic Care England has asked for further support
including extending statutory sick pay support to companies
employing over 250 people and reviewing the current VAT regime
for nursing and residential care to change their status from
exempted from VAT to zero rated.
Martin Green continues:- "In many areas care providers
have not felt assisted. COVID-19 relief funds have been
delivered through the failed mechanism of local authorities
which has been an obstacle to effective delivery and has not
reached the front line."
LGA responds to the latest
ONS figures on Coronavirus deaths
RESPONDING to the
latest ONS figures on Coronavirus deaths, which show that deaths
involving COVID-19 as a percentage of all deaths in care homes
decreased to 10.5% in the week to 26 June 2020, compared with
12.9% in the previous week, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the
Local Government Associationís Community Wellbeing Board, said:-
"Staff working in Care Homes and those providing care in
peopleís own homes have done an incredible job, in extremely
challenging circumstances, to protect those they care for
throughout this crisis. Social care services have been on the
frontline from the start and have strived to do what they can,
despite at times lacking enough PPE, and testing of residents
and staff in Care Homes only now becoming more routine. While
the number of deaths attributable to Coronavirus in care homes
continues to fall, it is still concerning that the number of
people dying at home is higher than the five-year average. This
could suggest that some are choosing not to go to Hospital or
receive help elsewhere. Every life lost to this disease is a
tragedy and our thoughts go out to all those who have lost
family members and friends during this difficult period.
Councils continue to do all they can to support people receiving
care, whether at home or in other care settings. The Government
needs to ensure that Councils and Social Care services have all
the resources they need for the weeks and months ahead. The LGA
is working closely with the new National COVID-19 Social Care
Support Taskforce to tackle these issues and help guide social
care through this current crisis and beyond."
LGA Respond to latest ONS
figures on adult smoking habits
RESPONDING to latest
ONS figures on adult smoking habits, which show that the
proportion of the population in England who are current smokers
has fallen to 13.9% in 2019, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the
Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, said:-
"Council public health teams work hard to help reduce
smoking rates in their areas, alongside local charities and
community groups, and it is testament to their efforts that
smoking rates continue to fall. Smoking is still the leading
cause of preventable death. Reducing smoking rates among the
remaining 5.7 million smokers in England is the single biggest
thing we can do to improve the nationís health, as it will
reduce cardiovascular disease, respiratory conditions and
cancer, meaning people can live longer in better health. Greater
help is needed for those most in need of support, including
routine and manual workers, pregnant women or people with mental
health conditions. Every pound invested by government in
council-run services such as public health helps to relieve
pressure on other services like the NHS, criminal justice and
welfare. Councils can help the Government to achieve its
ambition of eliminating smoking in England by 2030, through
their tobacco control and other public health and support
services, but need certainty over their long term funding."
Small business owners urged
to "recoup what they are owed"
THE boss of a
Warrington Challenger Bank is urging business owners to:-
"recoup what they are owed" with the help of a free
Government appointed support service. Gary Wilkinson, CEO and
Redwood Bank, is
recommending small business owners tackle late payment issues
with help from the Small Business Commissioner (SBC). The SBC is
an independent public body which was launched by the Government
in December 2017 to tackle late payment and unfavourable payment
practices in the UK.
As a result of the late payment culture that exists between
businesses, a 3rd of payments to small businesses are late, with
the average value of each payment amounting to ₤6,142.
Gary Wilkinson said:- "Government statistics show that 20%
of small businesses have run into cash flow problems due to late
payments. If they were paid on time, this could boost the
economy by an estimated ₤2.5 billion annually. Many businesses
owners have been forced to close their doors and adhere to the
Government guidelines in place to help prevent the spread of the
Coronavirus. As a result, revenue has been cut dramatically, but
the need to pay bills still remains. There has never been a more
pertinent time for small and medium sized businesses to recoup
what they are owed."
The Commissioner urges small businesses affected by late or
unfair payment practices to use the SBC's complaint
investigation service and promises to take action to tackle the
worst examples of supply chain bullying. Gary added:- "It
is vital that small and medium business owners access the free
help available to them."
Complaints are considered from small businesses with fewer than
50 staff who are having payment issues with larger businesses
that have more than 50 employees. The independent Government
appointed service is impartial and free to use on a non-risk
basis. It provides general advice and information about
resolving disputes and dealing with unpaid invoices as well as
signposting businesses to dispute resolution services. It is
also able to check contracts and ensure invoices are correct.
Those seeking help can visit:-
email or call:-
01216957770. The phone lines are open Monday to Thursday,
between 9am to 5pm and Fridays, from 9am to 4:30pm.
Total UK cases COVID-19 cases - update for Liverpool City Region
THE latest number of UK
Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory
confirmed, within the UK, has risen by 581 cases and the total
number now stand at 286,349, that includes tests carried out by
commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National
Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the
total, was sadly reported to be 155 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 44,391.
In England, there are a total of 246,386 confirmed cases. North
West - total of 42,871 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory
confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and
around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
► Liverpool, 2,446 confirmed cases.
► Sefton, 1,504 confirmed cases.
► Wirral, 2,020 confirmed cases.
► St. Helens, 1,193 confirmed cases
► Halton, 685 confirmed cases.
► Blackpool, 1,019 confirmed cases.
► Blackburn with Darwen, 1,006 confirmed cases.
► Bolton, 1,817 confirmed cases.
► Bury, 1,277 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,951 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire East, 2,190 confirmed cases.
► Lancashire, 6,647 confirmed cases.
► Manchester, 2,895 confirmed cases.
► Oldham, 1,845 confirmed cases.
► Rochdale, 1,583 confirmed cases.
► Stockport, 1,626 confirmed cases.
► Tameside, 1,516 confirmed cases.
► Trafford, 1,246 confirmed cases.
► Wigan, 2,116 confirmed cases..