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Welfare Reform on the Web (May 2004): Social Care - UK

BATTLE LINES DRAWN

M. Hunter

Community Care, Apr. 15th-21st 2004, p.30-31

Tension is rising within local authorities whose offer of a modest pay rise has angered an already demoralised social care workforce.

HOME TRUTHS

D. Brindle

Guardian Society, April 7th 2004, p.2

An interview with Stephen Ladyman, Social Care Minister, on his mission to shake up the residential care sector. He is not hostile to the idea of residential care. Rather he wants to see different types of care, including residential provision providing it meets modern expectations.

LOW-KEY START TO NEW COMMISSION HERALDS A BIG INSPECTION SHAKE UP

S. Gillen

Community Care, Apr. 1st-7th 2004, p.20-21

The article announces the launch of the new Commission for Social Care Inspection, which is replacing the National Care Standards Commission, the Social Services Inspectorate (SSI) and the SSI/Audit Commission Joint Reviews Team.

OFT INQUIRY

Anon.

Registered Homes and Services, Vol. 8, 2004, p.161-162

The Consumers Association made a "super-complaint" to the Office of Fair Trading in December 2003 claiming that fees paid by local authorities to care homes are insufficient to cover costs and residents can be asked to top them up. The OFT declined to address this issue on the grounds that independent providers can refuse to accept local authority residents.

PROFESSIONAL PROTEST

A. U. Sale

Community Care, Mar. 25th-31st 2004, p.38-39

There is growing militancy among social workers, borne out of frustration at their longstanding undervaluation and aimed at achieving overdue improvements in their pay, status and working conditions. This is leading to increased industrial action at local level.

REGISTRATION SPECIAL

Community Care, Apr. 1st-7th 2004, p.30-39

The article presents an in-depth look at the General Social Care Council, registration and its impact on staff. By April 2005, all qualified social workers will have to be registered in order to practice. The Council will be responsible for maintaining the register, including investigating allegations of misconduct.

STAFF TRAINING AND THE FUNDING MAZE

M. Wigg

Caring Times, Apr. 2004, p.20-21

In 2005 care homes will be required to achieve compliance with the national minimum standards in respect of staff training. The government has recognised that providers need financial help to pay for this training and four sources of additional funding are in place. Together these form an impenetrable maze and the various streams lack co-ordination.

TRUST BETRAYED

K. Leason

Community Care, Apr. 22nd-28th 2004, p.32-34

Health and social care professionals can end up abusing their clients emotionally, sexually, physically or financially. The article outlines responses by the charities Action on Elder Abuse and Prevention of Professional Abuse Network (POPAN).

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