February 26, 2009 -- Able Newsflash No.157

Care News

More than 50% of disabled people who are of working age do not have a job. In order to try and reduce this figure Leonard Cheshire Disability has launched a new online resource "Suitability" which is a partnership between themselves, the Employers Forum on Disability and Jobsgopublic. The site which is an online job brokerage service aims to help disabled people find work. For further details on this and the help that is available go to: http://www.lcdsuitability.org

78% of publicly funded homecare is provided by the independent sector compared with 5% in 1993.

The main purchasers of homecare are local authorities who are estimated to buy 80% of the hours of care provided by the independent sector.

As at June 2008 there were 4,960 home care agencies registered in England and of these 84% were based in the private and voluntary sector.
(Source: UKHCA)


The Health Survey for England for 2007, commissioned by the NHS, has been published. The Survey looks at the nation's eating, drinking, exercise and smoking habits. You can look at the Survey at: http://www.equip.nhs.uk/custom/news.aspx

One finding of interest is that the survey looked at the impact of smoking legislation introduced in July 2007.

There was no significant difference in cigarette smoking prevalence after the implementation of the smokefree legislation on 1st July. Among smokers the mean number of cigarettes smoked per day did not fall significantly overall, but there were significant reductions among men aged 35 and over. However, these decreases were in contrast to a slight increase among men aged 16-34.

In-House News

Potential clients have been visited this week in: Norfolk, Bedford and Suffolk.

Moving and Handling training has taken place in this office.

New posts have commenced in:

Interesting Information / Statistics

The waiting time for all cancer sufferers from diagnosis to treatment in England is approx. 4 weeks.
(Source: DOH)

Statistics show that:

Question of the week
"My elderly father lives in a rented cottage that is very cold. The cottage has very thin, old, loft insulation. Is he eligible for a grant to have this done?"

Answer : If you are a homeowner or renting privately the following criteria apply to eligibility for 100% grants for roof insulation:

  1. If you are over 70.
  2. If the state pension is your main source of income.
OR you receive:
  1. Attendance Allowance.
  2. Council Tax Benefit.
  3. Disability Living allowance.
  4. Housing Benefit.
  5. Pension Credit.
  6. Income Support.
  7. Income based Job Seekers Allowance.
  8. Child Tax Credit (maximum household income of �15,000).
  9. Working Tax Credit (maximum household income of �15,000).
Call 0800 0198 955 to make an initial enquiry. We hope you have enjoyed reading this and "see you next week".

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.