More than 1,300 vulnerable children in care have been moved into Kent.A council report has revealed around 500 of those are going to schools managed by Kent County Council.Around 53% of the children are from the capital, with 28% from the inner-London boroughs.Most of the youngsters are being placed in the east of the county with Canterbury, Swale and Thanet taking the most into their schools.Thanet councillor Lesley Game (Con), told councillors at the children, young people and education cabinet committee there is a "stigma" around such vulnerable children.She said: "I know a lot of the schools are coming out saying the children are being sent down from London or wherever and they are causing trouble."This stigma or these accusations towards children in fact is getting worse and that really concerns me."I think somehow we need to control that."She added social media pointed the blame at such children "immediately after" the fire at Westwood Industrial Estate.It has been reported three … [Read more...] about Vulnerable children moved into care in Kent
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A new “care ISA” designed to help solve the country’s rapidly worsening care crisis has been criticised for only appealing to those who are already well off. The proposed ISA was revealed in last weekend’s Sunday Telegraph, which reports that it would be exempt from inheritance tax (IHT) so that any unused funds would be returned to the account holder’s family on their death without the tax office touching a penny. But the threshold for IHT is £325,000, for couples it’s effectively doubled and people who leave their family home to their children or grandchildren can increase their exemption to £450,000, rising to £500,000 each by 2020. So very few people actually pay any IHT, meaning the incentive to save into a care ISA would be reserved for the wealthiest. “The proposed care ISA inheritance tax break will only benefit a small number of people, with the vast majority unable to allocate money to pay for later life care,” … [Read more...] about Is yet another ISA the answer to the care crisis?
News / UK and world by Press Association July 18, 2018, 2:11 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter More than a quarter of people admit to “careful littering” such as leaving drinks cans or coffee cups on window ledges, polling has found. A new campaign to stop people leaving food packaging behind them on a park bench when eating or drinking “on the go” or at a train station or bus stop before boarding has been launched, reminding the public it is still littering. The campaign to tackle careful littering is being rolled out after a survey of 2,143 people for Keep Britain Tidy by YouGov revealed that 27% admitted to this type of littering. It is being launched in Manchester following a successful pilot conducted by Keep Britain Tidy and supported by the People’s Postcode Lottery, which placed signs in places where rubbish is commonly left. A series of posters and floor vinyls were … [Read more...] about National campaign challenging ‘careful littering’ launched
0 Post a comment Friday, 15 June 2018 - Health by Antony Gedge - Aberystwyth, Machynlleth & Llanidloes reporter [email protected] A CAMPAIGNER has called for resignations at Ceredigion County Council after it emerged that the Bodlondeb closure has led to other council care homes having no vacant spaces. The Cambrian News revealed that councillors had been told in a closed meeting that the decision to close the Bodlondeb home in Penparcau resulted in places in other council-run care homes being filled, with no current vacancies.That has prompted former Aberystwyth mayor Elwyn Williams, who was heavily involved in the Save Bodlondeb campaign, to call for council leader Ellen ap Gwynn and social services director Sue Darnbrook to stand down from their posts.He claimed that campaigners and relatives of residents had been misled.Mr Williams said campaigners had quizzed the county council about alternative care places if the authority pushed ahead with closing … [Read more...] about Care home campaigner calls for council resignations
The closure of two council-run care homes in Nottinghamshire is set to be put on hold. Nottinghamshire County Council plans to close all of its remaining care homes, as it moves towards ‘extra-care’ housing, which it says is £49 to £91 a week cheaper per person compared to a residential care home.The council is expected to approve plans which would see the closure dates for Bishop’s Court, in Boughton and James Hince Court, in Carlton in Lindrick, delayed until more research is carried out.Under the proposals, St Michael’s View in Retford, would close in March 2019 and Leivers Court, in Arnold, would shut in June 2019.Kirklands Care Home, in Mansfield, closed in June 2016, after the opening of the nearby Poppy Fields Extra Care Scheme.The council says savings of £784,000 have already been made, and a further £803,000 will be made this year.For those who still need more intensive care, the council pays private care homes to provide … [Read more...] about County Council care home closure plan put on hold