Exactly what I've seeking ..... some research into the Act
Paul Burstow , Liberal party , 12 July 2016 , in the Guardian.
Before I came back from the shadows. I can vouch for Paul , always willing to listen but never in a position to act
For the full sp . all pages of it in .pdf format , the link :
https://carers.org/sites/files/carerstr ... ear_on.pdf
Page 11 onwards for anyone wanting to skip the preamble.
Page 28 Recommendations ... I recommend any reader to take a deep breathe before reading those !
Interesting to record not one bleat from any of our carer supporting members in the House.
Too embarassed by the Report , perhaps ... ?
Have carers noticed any difference since the Care Act
came in? That is the question the Carers Trust asked me to try to answer. Over the past six months, I’ve been working with a small team of experts by experience and professionals to take the first snapshot of the impact of the act
Carers provide the bulk of care
in our country. Three in five of us will become carers at some point in our lives. Without carers, our already stretched NHS and social services would be overwhelmed. But many carers pay a heavy price for their role in both their health and their wealth.
Analysis A quick guide to the Care Act
During our inquiry, we were told by many of those who contributed that the Care Act
is an important piece of social reform but its potential is far from being realised. The Care Act
puts carers on an equal footing with those who have care
needs. This parity in law is new, some even say revolutionary. Councils have a duty to promote the wellbeing of carers and to prevent burnout and crisis.
What we found is a mixed picture. There are beacons of good practice, but there is plenty of darkness too. For many of the carers who responded to Carers Trust call for evidence the response was stark: no, the act
had made no difference. Indeed, for many it was news to them that there were new rights.
Some say it is too early to review the impact of the act
. I disagree. This was never going to be a full-blown evaluation but it is a first snapshot, a baseline, that can be used to measure progress. It also offers the opportunity to provide encouragement and warnings about the ongoing implementation of the legislation.
We heard during the course of our evidence gathering that the 1948 National Assistance Act
, which the Care Act
replaced, took almost a decade to become embedded and supplant the outdated mindset of many charged with its implementation.
The same can be said today about the Care Act
. More work is needed to impress upon those responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the act
that business as usual is not good enough. The Care Act
raises the bar. It expects decision-makers to look at the wellbeing of the carer and, where necessary, take a “whole family” approach.
We found evidence that when it comes to assessment, the law is either poorly understood or ignored. Too often it appears that carers are fobbed off with a one-off payment as if that discharges the obligation to promote their wellbeing.
So where should we be by 2018, three years on from the act
coming into force?
Based on what we have heard and the evidence we have collected, the commission believe that at a minimum carers should be reporting satisfaction with the assessments and personalised support they receive, have access to the services they need and have an understanding of their rights under the Care Act
. Social workers and other care
practitioners should be able to evidence that they are applying the act
’s wellbeing principle in all their adult social care
decisions. The number of carer assessments in 2018 should reached at least 360,000 in line with the government’s own estimate.
Along with my fellow commissioners, I remain optimistic about the transformative potential of the Care Act
. Our report (pdf) should be essential reading for directors of adult and children’s services, and directors of public health. It has messages for the NHS too. Above all, it is about making improvements for carers themselves.
In total , a lot to explore and , some very interesting questions !
From the article :
That folks is around 1 in 18 ..... 5 / 6% of all carers .... and , if we assume that 1 in 3 will benefit or
The number of carer assessments in 2018 should reached at least 360,000 in line with the government’s own estimate.
have the means to pay for whatever charges , that equates to a 2% success rate ... or 1 in every 50 carers.
The Care Act
was " Welcomed " by all our supporting organisations without qualification.
A stepping stone ? What's the likely extent of LAs finances some two years hence ?
Sounds great in theory. Trouble is , it has to be put into practice.
Carers themselves have been reporting on LA cutbacks since 2004 and their effect on their lives. Nobody
else listening or reading postings on carer forums ????????????????
We are still two years away from a post mortem. Problems highlighted may be found on postings
throughout the carer forums , some more than a decade old.
Just think of how different things may have been if they listened to us instead of treating us like
an angry bee buzzing around and being constantly swatted away ?
Any reader can judge for themselves whether this is a success or not.
Perhaps just giving all carers in receipt of Carers Pittance a bonus instead , even though that reaches
only 1 in 10 / 11 of us , would have been a better use of the monies ??????
I had my doubts .... the last thing I wanted for all carers was for those doubts to be confirmed.
At best , probably no more than 2 out of every 100 of us will benefit.
Identifying carers again reported as a problem. CART and HORSE are two words to be repeated.
How can one plan for X when nobody knows what X is ???????
Some success .... ?
In business , failure normally results in a sacking , early retirement or demotion.
In the social care
sector , failure is usually rewarded with a knighthood / a medal or a mention in
despatches followed by a lucrative salary in the private sector.
For the 6 million or so ? A kick in the teeth.
And , no WWI argument ... to gain an 100 yards , it was necessary to sacrifice 50,000 !
This time , it's a minimum of 5.5 million , General !
I simply despair at times .....