July 24, 2008 -- Able Newsflash No.128

Care News

The Government is proposing to abolish the rules that allow someone from the Commonwealth who has grandparental connections to the UK to enter the labour market freely here.

Should the abolition take place, then there would be serious staff consequences for the care sector especially for companies providing �live-in� care.

Scope is to merge with the disability advice organisation Dial UK on the 1st August.

In the year to February 2008 incorrect information on 680 people was recorded. These were people applying for jobs in teaching, nursing, child minding and volunteer work.

In the UK there are more than 26 million people in the age range of 16-65 years that do not meet level 2 standards in literacy and numeracy. Skills for Care are launching a new drive that aims to boost these skills amongst the 1.3 million care workers. For further details go to: http://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/view.asp?id=1011

In-House News

Potential clients have been visited in Newcastle upon Tyne, Cornwall, Berkshire and London.

Reviews and M/H training have taken place in Wiltshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Hertfordshire.

Interviews for potential carers have taken place in Carlisle.

New posts have commenced in:

Interesting Information

Question asked of Able Community Care this month:
"My Mother is in her eighties and has no savings. Her home is rented. I am worried that when she dies I will not have enough money to pay for her funeral. I currently receive state benefits and want to know at such a time would there be any help available?"

Answer : If you cannot afford to pay for a funeral for your Mother there may be help available in the form of a Funeral Payment.

For further information visit www.direct.gov.uk and search for �Get help covering funeral costs (form SF200).

This site will guide you through so you will know what to do when sadly your Mother dies.

The Canine Care Card is a special free service that guarantees peace of mind for pet owners who wonder what will happen to their pet after they die.

The Dogs Trust are ready and willing to take up the responsibility of caring for a pet after a person dies. They will either find another responsible pet owner to care for your dog or if they are unsuccessful they will care for him/her until the end of its life.

Once a person has applied for a Canine Care Card, the Dogs Trust will have all the information about your pet as provided by you with reference to age, breed, favourite toy, medical details, personality, your idea of the best kind of home your pet should live in, etc. The card is the size of a credit card and can be kept with your personal details at home or in your wallet/purse.

For further information telephone 020 7837 0006 or visit http://www.dogstrust.org.uk

We hope you have enjoyed reading this and "see you next week".

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.