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first_img“Meagre” new funding announced by the government will do nothing to solve the “full-blown social care crisis”, disabled campaigners have warned.They spoke out after the government announced that it would ring-fence an extra £240 million for councils to spend on adult social care next year, as well as allowing local authorities to bring forward council tax increases that were already set to raise further ring-fenced social care funding.But user-led groups, disabled activists, disability charities and cross-party politicians say the extra funding will be inadequate for dealing with the crisis.The announcement last week by communities and local government secretary Sajid Javid (pictured) will mean councils can raise council tax by up to three per cent in both 2017-18 (an extra £208 million) and 2018-19 (an extra £444 million), instead of two per cent in each of the next three years.He also announced that £240 million from changes to what his department calls the New Homes Bonus – rewarding councils for new homes built in their areas – will be ring-fenced as a new adult social care grant.Campaigners and social care experts pointed out that the rise in council tax will raise far more in wealthy areas than less prosperous local authorities.And a Department for Communities and Local Government spokesman confirmed that the £240 million was a one-off grant, and would not be repeated next year.Professor Peter Beresford, co-chair of the national service-user network Shaping Our Lives, said: “Social care seems to have become the policy that anti-spending governments have decided can safely be ignored and left in crisis. So it goes on.“Another year where all the weak-willed efforts of social care’s self-appointed leaders and big charities to encourage policymakers to make some real investment have again failed.“Also where all the desperate efforts of grassroots disabled people’s users’ and carers’ organisations have been ignored.“But you heard it here first. Social care may well be the policy – because of the scale and impact of its failure – that irrevocably damages this government and brings to an end the evils of austerity and anti-welfare policies. It is hurting too many.”Linda Burnip, co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts, said the government’s “inadequate response” to the “full blown crisis in social care” had been criticised by both opposition and Tory politicians.She said the rise in council tax “leaves areas with the highest levels of need unable to raise sufficient money”.She pointed to evidence from Ray James, the immediate past president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, who has told MPs that the most affluent areas raise about two-thirds of their council spending through council tax, compared to the most deprived areas that raise less than 20 per cent, so increasing council tax “raises least money in areas of greatest need”.Burnip said that the government’s pledge to redistribute funding from its Better Care Fund (BCF) to areas unable to raise enough money through increases in council tax had also been criticised, because this would “reduce the amount available for transformation and integration of care, the purpose for which the BCF was originally established”.She said: “Further, but of vital importance, particularly to the disabled people’s movement, these proposals are aimed at providing basic social care only and do not in any way address issues of the right to live independently in the community.“A loss of this [UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities] article 19 right is one of the major areas of criticism aimed at the government by the recent damning UN report.“Independent living is a right and aspiration that disabled people in the UK must never lose sight of as a basic and fundamental human right.”Sue Bott, deputy chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said she agreed that the extra money was not enough, that raising extra funding through council tax increases was unfair, and that the government did not appear to have a plan for solving the social care funding crisis.She added: “My fear is that the meagre additional funds that do become available will go straight to social care service-providers who are becoming a well-organised lobbying force, rather than to disabled people who want to have choice and control by employing our own personal assistants.”Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has written to the prime minister to ask for “urgent talks at the highest level” on averting the “deepening crisis in social care”.John McDonnell, Labour’s shadow chancellor, has written to chancellor Philip Hammond, calling on him to authorise further spending, and describing the rise in council tax as “inadequate, and fundamentally unfair”.Norman Lamb, the Liberal Democrat shadow health secretary and a former social care minister, described the extra money as “a truly feeble response to a national crisis”.And Dr Sarah Wollaston, the Conservative MP who chairs the Commons health select committee, called for urgent cross-party talks to secure “a long-term, fair, sustainable settlement for both health and social care”.The prime minister, Theresa May, told MPs on the Commons liaison committee this week that the government was starting to work on a long-term plan for addressing the funding of adult social care, but gave no hint as to what that plan might be.Clive Betts, the Labour chair of the communities and local government committee, told May that the number of people receiving social care had fallen from 1.7 million to 1.1 million over the last six years, while there were now about one million people who should be entitled to social care but were not receiving it.Real terms spending on social care fell by nine per cent over the last parliament, he said.But May said: “It is wrong to assume that the only solution in social care is a solution about funding.”She said there were different standards of delivery of social care across the country, with some “very good examples” of integration between NHS and social care, and areas where there were “virtually no” delayed discharges from hospital caused by a lack of social care in the community.Betts said that Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, had told his committee last week that even if all councils were brought up to the standard of the best-performers and there was full integration of NHS and social care, it would still not solve the social care funding pressures.Betts said: “The idea somehow that this problem is going to go away if we slightly improve performances in some local authorities and we integrate health and social care better, simply isn’t true, is it?”May said the government accepted there were “short-term pressures” and a more medium-term problem with “delivery”, as well as a longer-term issue of ensuring a “sustainable system of social care going into the future”.She said: “The government is already starting internally to look at this issue in relation to long-term social care.“We want to make sure that we have got a solution that is going to be sustainable, but this isn’t going to be an immediate ‘let’s have a quick review over a matter of weeks, and that’s it’.”She resisted requests to ensure that this review of future funding was carried out on a cross-party basis.last_img read more

Latina Mothers Turn Lens on Housing Conditions in the Mission

first_img 0% Because of domestic violence, Wendy Lara and her two children have lived in a shelter for the past seven months. “Some people there have problems worse than us. We don’t know who we are dealing with in the shelter. We have to arrive by 8 p.m. and leave by 7 a.m. In the shelter, we can’t live like a normal family.” – Wendy Lara“This is the area where my child was bathed every morning. We usually had to take showers in the garage because we had no access to the bathroom in the house. The bathroom in the house did not have hot water and was always getting clogged. In order to bathe with hot water, we had to heat water on the stove.” – Deyser“What we are seeing through this project is that if our kids in the Mission don’t have adequate housing, or their health is being affected by their housing condition, then our dreams of having them go to college is challenged by that. The importance of this community participatory research project is that we are involving the families that we are serving in articulating solutions of the problems we are trying to solve. It was very challenging, extremely emotional to showcase their resilience, their strength, in this way. ” – Laura Olivas, Mission Promise Neighborhood Leadership Program Manager“I want to honor these women for the amazing truth they have made visible to us. The courage it takes is significant part of our humanity, it’s what it takes to build community.” – Dolores Terrazas, Mission Promise Neighborhood Director of Children Services Tags: homeless • housing • meda • mission Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Through photographs and personal narratives, eight low-income, Latina mothers in the Mission showcased their living conditions, displacement, and housing insecurity for the photo voice exhibit, “An American Dream?” on July 13 at the Mission Neighborhood Centers at 362 Capp St.Low-income families, in particular Mission families, have been deeply affected by the housing crisis. Many live doubled up in rooms, hotels or in shelters. The exhibit is part of the Community Assessment for Safe & Affordable Housing, a project organized by the San Francisco Department of Public Health , and the Mission Economic Development Agency.“I live in one room that I call multipurpose and I think it is the same size as the memory in my cell phone because i keep everything there. This room becomes a dining room at dinner time, a playground for my kids, a bedroom, and a living room when my children do their homework.” – Olga Sanchez.“My family is affected by seeing our neighbors on the street without a safe and stable place to live. I live in fear that my two children and I might end up in the same situation. it affects us emotionally, causing us stress, anxiety, and depression. My children experience the same fear that this is the American dream for us.” – Wendy Laralast_img read more

SF Supervisor asks BART directors to come clean filthy 16th St Plaza

first_img Tags: 16th Street BART • mission street • public transportation Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% For months, BART Director Bevan Dufty has been out at 16th and Mission streets on Wednesday morning sweeping the trash on the plaza. A few weeks in, he was joined by District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen.Appalled at the state of things, Ronen has now called out the other BART directors, inviting them to join in the morning cleanups and asking for a long-term fix.“The conditions we have seen are truly disturbing and, at times, disgusting, and I am outraged about the health and safety risks to BART riders and my constituents who pass through the plaza every day,” Ronen said in a statement.The letter asks BART to clean the plaza every day and quadruple the amount of time staff spend power-washing the area. Ronen also says the city should implement an intervention program for drug dealers who ply their trade on the plaza and get homeless outreach teams to regularly talk to homeless people who spend their days in the area.center_img “While I knew the general conditions of the plaza were bad, cleaning it myself has opened my eyes to the deeply unhealthy conditions at the plaza — conditions that are unacceptable for a major transit hub in the Bay Area,” Ronen wrote to the directors.Some of the directors remained out of their offices on Monday, and none have responded to a request for comment. We will update this story if any of the directors respond.Update 1Debora Allen, BART Director for District 1, which includes Concord, Lafayette, Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre and Walnut Creek stations says she responded to Dufty to set up a time to meet with him and Ronen to talk and see how she can help. Allen writes:I am aware of the terrible conditions at 16th St. Mission and other stations in the BART system. I applaud Director Dufty’s stand against BART management to get adequate janitorial coverage at his stations and believe that as Directors we must demand better from BART Management for all stations.In my district in Central Contra Costa, there is often one system service worker (janitor) taking care of three and sometimes four stations in a day. That is just unacceptable. We have vacant positions that need to be filled immediately, and I will be working with Director Dufty to get that done.Update 2Nick Josefowitz, BART Director for District 8, which includes parts of Balboa Park, Embarcadero, and Montgomery stations, and the liaison for San Francisco Airport station, will be joining the cleanup efforts in January. last_img read more

ALEX Walmsley will be available for Saints trip t

first_imgALEX Walmsley will be available for Saints’ trip to Catalans after he submitted an Early Guilty Plea to the RFL Disciplinary.The in-form prop had been charged with Grade A ‘Strikes with Knee’ for an incident during Friday’s game at Hull FC.But after submitting the EGP he is now available to take on the Dragons.Walmsley has appeared in all four of Saints games so far – starting twice and coming off the bench in the other two.He has clocked 540 metres in those contests.last_img

Brunswick County parents want more water choices in schools

first_img “I send my kids to school, I can control what they drink here at home, but I cant control what their choices are at school unless I provide those choices and not all parents have the privilege to provide those choices,” concerned parent Emily Donovan said.Because of concerns over GenX in the drinking water, parents in Brunswick County are working to implement a program with more water choices in the school systems.Some would like to see free bottled water made available to students.Related Article: Chemours sued over air, water pollution claims“I know when you ask any parent that’s serviced by H2GO if they would love to have a donation of clean water options, I haven’t found a single one say no,” Donovan said.But ultimately it would be up to the schools.“What I think is most important right now is that we are part of the conversations that our county leaders are having with state leaders as it relates to water quality,” Brunswick County Schools PIO Jessica Swencki said.Donovan is not the only parent who wants to see something offered in the schools, but she said she wants her children to focus on learning and not be concerned about whether the water they drink is safe or not.“I want him to focus on reading, I want him to focus on math and science, I want him to focus on learning not have to worry about water,” Donovan said.For now until the county issues the water as unsafe Brunswick County school officials said they will not implement any new programs.“At this time we have not been advised to take any protective measures and at this time we have not been advised about any alternative water supply for our students in Brunswick County,” Swencki said.There will be a board of education meeting next Tuesday and Donovan plans to be there to talk to leaders about bringing a similar water program to Brunswick County schools. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Association of Educators is working on a plan to give bottled water to families as concerns continue about GenX and other contaminants.This has some parents in Brunswick County looking for a way to do it at their schools.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington Police requesting funds to create new protest response unit

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Police Department is requesting money to form a unit that will help keep the peace during protests and demonstrations.Wilmington City Council will decide whether to approve an ordinance to use $41,775 of state drug tax funds to form a Mobile Field Force Team.- Advertisement – The 30 member team will be trained in de-escalating tense situations. The money will cover the cost of equipment, supplies, and training for the new team.According to the city manager’s office, nationally and locally, demonstrations, both peaceful and violent have increased due to various political and social causes. Currently, the police department does not have a civil disturbance unit that is specifically trained to manage these types of events.Items the police department would need include bull horns, riot batons, gas masks, stinger grenades, body protections, safety glasses, etc.Related Article: Weekend checkpoint nets 4 arrests, more than 100 citationsCity Council will vote on the ordinance at their meeting tonight at Wilmington City Hall.last_img read more

Animal Services asks Ocean Isle Beach homeowner to shelter dogs before freezing

first_imgOCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) – Another night of below freezing temperatures had neighbors concerned on Ocean Isle Beach after they say there were dogs out in the cold.There’s no law on the books in the state to charge a pet owner for leaving dogs in extreme cold if they have shelter. Neighbors could not sit by claiming the conditions the dogs were in not only inadequate but illegal.- Advertisement – “That’s not taking care of a pet,” said neighbor and animal advocate Janie Withers.That’s how Janie Withers saw the situation. Withers says a trio of dogs were chained outside and had neighbors telling her they had been like that for more than a day.“The water bowls are frozen that violates the state law of North Carolina,” said Withers. “Dogs must have access to water. Water has been frozen all day, it’s freezing.”Related Article: New area flood gauges installed to increase safety, flood prediction capabilityShe reached out to Brunswick County Animal Services, who all day Tuesday, monitored the home and gave the owner a notice to bring the dogs inside.However, neighbors we talked too said that folks should not put the owner in the doghouse just yet.“I love dogs and I would be the first person to call animal control, but if you just happen to ride by and see a dog on a chain and you don’t know the situation, don’t start trouble,” said Deborah Looney who lives right next to the home where the dogs are.Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram released a statement saying the dogs have adequate housing, food and water but added,”APS does have concerns for the safety of the animals due to the extreme cold conditions.”Here is more of the statement from the Sheriff saying:“As with any case of alleged animal cruelty, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Services remains vigilant in investigating the mistreatment of animals and will take any necessary action within the law to protect them.  Although the referenced animals are in compliance with North Carolina law and have access to food, water and shelter, APS does have concerns for the safety of the animals due to the extreme cold conditions. APS has spoken with the pet owner, advised them of those concerns and recommended that the animals be moved to a location where they will have better protection from the outdoor elements.  The pet owner has indicated that they will move animals indoors this evening due to the cold conditions.  APS will follow up tonight to ensure the animals are safe.”“We will not allow animals in this county to be mistreated under any circumstances.  Although we are restricted by law in many cases and may be unable to take ownership of an animal, APS makes every effort to educate the pet owner, make recommendations on how to keep their animals safe, and to follow up and hold pet owners accountable.”Neighbors have their takes on this.“He can’t get to the food, if he could eat, and he can’t drink water because it’s frozen,” said Withers. “How does that or how is that adequate and abiding by the laws of the state of North Carolina it’s not in any way.”“I mean there are dog houses, they’re dog houses. I don’t see where the inadequacies are coming from,” said Looney.As day turned to night and the temperature reached below freezing the owner did make it home and was able to bring the dogs inside.The owner of the dogs declined to talk on camera when we asked for his side for this story.last_img read more

Police looking for golf cart burglar in Carolina Beach

first_imgCAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — If you’re a golf cart owner in Carolina Beach, you may want to keep your golf cart under lock and key.“Over the past three weeks, we’ve received four reports for missing golf carts, Carolina Beach Police Chief Chris Spivey said.”- Advertisement – The most recent theft was during the Carolina Beach music festival.“It’s just too easy to take a golf cart. In a couple of minutes it could be gone. So I’m taking care not to get it stolen,” golf cart owner Dane Yates said.Spivey says golf carts have been stolen in the past, but usually have turned up. Now, that’s not the case.Related Article: On your mark, get set, shop! Carolina Beach mayor dishes details on Publix“Somebody may take a golf cart from a location and then drive it somewhere and leave it. that seems to be what commonly happens these past incidents have rendered no golf cart found so they’re a little bit different than what we’ve encountered before,” Spivey said.Police are asking golf cart owners to keep their golf carts secured by parking them inside of their own garages, fastening a chain to them to keep them safe, or getting a custom key made. The reason the chief recommends making a custom key is because many golf carts use the same kind of key, making it easy to use them in another golf cart. Some golf cart owners are furious and don’t want to see it happen to their own carts.“It would be a great surprise and anguish and anger of course. and plus, those things are not cheap. So, there’s quite a bit of monetary substance gone out of my pocket,” golf cart owner Bill Jolly said.But for now, the cart burglar is still on the loose.last_img read more

SILVER ALERT Woman last seen in Wilmington Monday

first_imgShe was reportedly wearing blue capris and carrying a green bag and a Dallas Cowboys bag.WPD says Hawes is cognitively impaired. Marian Hawes has been missing since September 24, 2018. (Photo: WPD) UPDATE: Marian Hawes has been found.WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police have issued a silver alert for a missing woman who was last seen Monday.- Advertisement – Marian Hawes has been missing since September 24, 2018. (Photo: WPD) Marian Hawes, 67, was last seen at the Taco Bell on South 17th Street around 4 p.m. Monday, police say. Marian Hawes has been missing since September 24, 2018. (Photo: WPD) 1 of 2last_img