August 11, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.283

Care News

Imelda Redmond, the Chief Executive of Carers UK is to lead an independent project that will look into the standards of care homes, healthcare workers and social care services. The project will also consider the current monitoring of the standards currently in place.

It is expected that recommendations from this work will be included in the White Paper on adult social care which is expected in 2012.


The current economic climate means councils are cutting back in their support of many charities and organisations that provide social care to their local population. The cuts are not uniform across the country and where one charity loses out in an area, in another county they may be unaffected. Some examples of recent financial cuts mean that some Crossroads branches, local Crimestoppers, Luncheon Clubs, Housing Associations, Shopmobility Schemes, Barnardo�s Schemes, Disability and Homelessness organisations, CABs, etc. are having to face significant financial cuts to their organisations which will limit their ability to provide their services in many regions.

Many charities are trying to address their deficits by restructuring their workforce, reducing hours of availability, seeking cheaper premises, etc.

In-House News

A meeting was held at Able with the Chief Commissioning Officers from both Norfolk PCT and Great Yarmouth & Waveney PCT.

Three new carers have been placed on our register of carers.

A new instruction has been received for a personal injury report from Able Litigation Services.

Interesting Information / Statistics

The Independent Living Fund which is scheduled to close has helped over 46,000 disabled people since 1988.


The Princess Royal Trust for Carers has a network of 144 Carers Centres.

Question of the Week
"What is a Community Care Grant and who is eligible?"

Answer : A Community Care Grant is financial help given to help a person live independently in the community or to ease exceptional pressure on an individual or family. The eligibility criteria are:

The Grant is applicable in the following situations:The Grant amount is based on your circumstances and whatever is received does not have to be paid back.

The financial amount you may get paid is reduced if you and your partner are aged under 60 and have over �500 of savings.

If you are over the age of 60 the amount of savings applicable to the reduction is �1,000.

The form to apply can be completed online by going to http://www.directgov.co.uk where you will also find further information.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.

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