September 11, 2008 -- Able Newsflash No.135

Care News

With effect from April 2009 the current concessionary arrangements in respect of temporary workers by employment businesses will be withdrawn. Currently such businesses are allowed to exclude the wages element from the supplies they make and to account for VAT solely on their commission or management fee but NOT on the salary itself.

This financial decision will have a detrimental effect on customers who are not able to fully recover the VAT charged to them such as some organisations in the health and care sector, charities and some parts of the public sector. For further details Google: VAT: Withdrawal of the Staff Hire Concession.

This will affect some of the clients of Able Community Care but not the majority.



Car parking charges in publically owned hospital car parks are to be abolished at NHS hospitals across Scotland, following a review of NHS Boards' car park charging policies.

An interim cap of �3 per day has been in place since January 2008.



In England and Wales around 167,000 hip or knee replacements were carried out in 2006, the latest figures to date. Of these only one in seventy five patients has to undergo revision surgery after three years.



An NHS report advises that people over the age of 60 are prescribed twice as many drugs as they were ten years ago. The report �Prescriptions Dispensed In The Community� reveals that people over the age of 60 receive on average 42.4 items whilst those in the age range 16 � 59 receive on average 9.5 items.

In-House News

Potential new clients were visited in Nottinghamshire and Lancashire

A new post has commenced in South Wales for a gentleman in his late forties with a neurological illness. Care Manager is Polly on 01603 764567 and the weekly wage is �587.00pw. inc.

A new post has commenced in Dorset for an elderly lady who is a bilateral amputee. Care Manager is Sarah on 01603 281915 and the weekly wage is �570.00pw.inc.

Interesting Information

The number of centenarians in the industrialized world is around the figure of 450,000. Our Office of National Statistics reports about 9000 centenarians in the UK but at the current rate of increase UK centenarians could number over 40,000 by 2031

Residential care home fees have risen by 51.5% in the past five years

Question of the Week

"Do I have to pay for an eye test and what does it cost?

Answer : The cost of an eye test varies and you have to shop around. Dependent on where you choose to have your eye sight test, e.g. supermarket optician or independent optician on the High Street, you may be asked to pay from around �18.00 upwards.

If you are aged 60 or over you are entitled to a free eye test, similarly if you are under 16, or under 19 and in full time education.

If you receive some state benefits such as income support, income based job seekers allowance to name but two, you receive free eye tests. If you have diabetes or glaucoma, are over the age of 40 and have a close relative with glaucoma or have been told by a medical professional that you are at risk of glaucoma, registered blind or partially sighted, then you qualify for free eye tests.

In Scotland and Wales, NHS sight tests are free for patients of all ages. Also free for all ages in Scotland and Wales are free dental checks.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.