Two Irvine care workers are in the running for national care awards. Stewart McDowell has been nominated in the Care at Home Services Carer of the Year category at the Scottish Care Awards 2018. While Amanda McBlain has been shortlisted as the Co-ordinator/Administrator of the Year. Stewart said: “I am very surprised but thrilled and honoured to be chosen as a finalist in these prestigious awards. “I started with Carewatch over two years ago with no experience. Having worked as an engineer before I really enjoy my job, and to be nominated for Carer of the Year is really fantastic.” The former engineering,who only recently switched to the care sector, was nominated by Carewatch managing director Anna Houston. Ms Houston said: “He has found a real passion for providing care and support and made real positive differences to many - especially people requiring end of life care… and found his calling. “His work ethic, commitment and passion for supporting … [Read more...] about Irvine care workers nominated for national awards
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“More of less straight after my daughter was born, I was struggling financially,” mum Rebecca Smith* tells HuffPost UK. “I began relying on credit to cover the essentials and it escalated over the course of last year. I am now in a debt relief order (DRO) as a direct result of maternity leave.” Rebecca shared her story with HuffPost UK after a study has found a quarter of parents need to use credit to fund their maternity or paternity leave. The research by credit report service Noddle found one in four (25%) rack up debts of over £2,700, despite making efforts to prepare their finances in advance. Over half of parents (53%) put aside savings of around £3,000, while others made a conscious effort to clear down existing debts before having kids. Rebecca, 39, from Worcestershire, was made redundant when she was 12 weeks pregnant and tragically, in August 2015, her daughter was stillborn. Rebecca was entitled to Maternity … [Read more...] about ‘I Am In Debt Because I Took Maternity Leave’: The Reality Of Financial Strain After Giving Birth
by Gordon DeeganA GP has been ordered to pay a former practice secretary €27,500 after it was found that he discriminated against her when dismissing her while she was on maternity leave.In the case, the Labour Court has ordered the GP to pay the woman the sum arising from her claim of discriminatory dismissal on the grounds of gender.In the Labour Court ruling, it found that it did not find the evidence of the doctor that he did not know the woman was an employee “to be credible” for a number of reasons.The Labour Court listed the reasons where the doctor signed the woman’s contract; he signed a form that was submitted to claim a HSE subsidy in relation to her position with her contract attached and when she reported for work after her maternity leave he asked her to change her hours and then proposed that she job-share.The court found that the woman was treated less favourably because of her pregnancy when she was not allowed to return to work at the expiry of … [Read more...] about GP ordered to pay €27,500 to practice secretary dismissed during maternity leave
Off licence giants Bargain Booze is heading for administration putting thousands of jobs at risk, according to reports. It comes as Conviviality, which owns the company, has failed to raise £123million, Sky News states. It is believed 2,500 jobs are now at risk after the company was unable to secure sufficient new funds. It is thought that PricewaterhouseCoopers will likely be appointed as administrator tomorrow, insiders say. The latest revelations come just days after the departure of Conviviality's chief executive, Diana Hunter. The company, which also owns the Wine Rack, said it was looking to raise £125 million from investors through new shares. But its shares were suspended after its £30 million tax bill was disclosed to the stock market and now it has been left with a market value of just £185 million, reports say. Conviviality is a big player in the UK drinks industry supplying beverages to more than 700 off licences and 23,000 pubs and restaurants - … [Read more...] about Bargain Booze heads for administration leaving jobs at risk
FOR the past couple of years, new mums have been able to share their paid leave from work with their other halves. But only two per cent of couples have taken up the Government scheme to split childcare. Ministers are now spending £1.5million on a publicity campaign to encourage mums and dads to “share the joy” of parenthood. But after carting your child around for nine months and going through labour, would you actually want to give your other half a piece of the maternity pie? Here, LYNSEY CLARKE and JOELY CHILCOTT ask two new mums if they would share their statutory leave. Yes - Says teacher Phillippa, 32 TEACHER Philippa Haigh shared the time off to look after son Reuben, 20 months, with her husband, teaching cover supervisor Andrew Morse, 38. She thinks other couples should do the same. Philippa, 32, from Stratford, East London, says: "After having our son in June 2016, I took six months’ leave but it made financial sense for Andy to take the last three … [Read more...] about Would you ‘share joy of parenthood’ and split maternity leave with your partner?