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"Workers on zero hours contracts have no guaranteed hours and, as a result, may have little job security. Supporters of zero hours contracts claim that the contracts provide flexibility for employers and workers but all too often the choice rests with the employer, leaving the individual waiting for a call which, if it comes, can be at very short notice with hours that are not ideal."
It is estimated that 300,000 care workers work on zero hours contracts. The majority of whom are working via their care agency on council contracts.
Day after day we read that councils are having to restrict their criteria with reference to whom will receive care services with the majority now only funding for people with substantial or critical care needs.
Funding cuts and a rising demand is leading to a care situation which is unsustainable and more people are going without the appropriate care that could keep them in their own home, their first choice.
Zero hours may not be a preferred option for some but many care workers like the flexibility it delivers and the opportunity to say no to work they do not wish to do.
To mount a media campaign to get rid of zero hours contracts is negative. If this happened in the care sector, many more older and disabled people would not receive care, councils would not be able to afford it, many care organisations would leave the sector because they would no longer be financially viable, and fewer jobs would be available for care workers to be employed on. No one would win at the present time.
Answer : All large supermarkets will usually have disabled access, disabled toilets, adapted trolleys, a wide till for wheelchairs, hearing loops, designated parking areas, allow guide dogs, staff have disability training and wheelchairs for customer use.
In addition the following supermarkets advise the following specifics on their websites:
Tesco advise that they hold themed Customer Question Times every quarter in partnership with disability organisations, to listen and to respond to what customers with visual, hearing and physical disabilities tell them.
Tesco has been recognised by the charity AbilityNet as the only supermarket to have a website meeting the basic accessibility needs of disabled people. Rating 4 out of 5 stars.
Morrisons, in their restaurants offer cutlery and crockery designed specifically for customers who have difficulty gripping, adjustable tables and menus in Braille* and large print*.
Sainsburys advise on their website that personal shoppers are available to accompany customers round the store and to do their shopping with them. In many stores electric scooters may be available. They will also carry shopping to the car for their customers if requested. Their petrol stations have a service call facility enabling disabled drivers to request assistance without leaving their vehicle.
*Waitrose has this facility plus an audio CD service.
Care reviews were held in Bedfordshire and Wales with an additional ‘pop in’ visit being made.
A delegate from Able Community Care attended a care conference in Wiltshire.
People who smoke require 30% more Vitamin C than non-smokers.
Care commenced in 2013 and Shirley has three, returning, live-in carers only.
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Angela Gifford, Director
Able Community Care Ltd.
Telephone 01603 764567