March 15, 2007 -- Able Newsflash No.58

Care News

Mears is a company which provides house repairs and maintenance to a portfolio of over 500,000 houses throughout the UK. There services are used by Local Authorities and Registered Social Landlords. Each day the company advises that they carry out in excess of 2800 repairs a day and through their services bring approx. 250 homes a week into the decent home category. In 2006 they had a working partnership with Shelter to improve housing stock and invest in communities for people to live in.

Mears have now decided to enter the domiciliary care market and have agreed to buy the domiciliary care company Careforce. The price is between �22m and �25.2m.

Careforce, based in Stevenage, had last year been on the acquisition trail themselves, e.g. buying Keycare Services Ltd in Cumbria and Clarina Care in Surrey. Currently Careforce has approximately 30 branches.

Social Worker removed from the General Social Care Council Register. Nicholas Martin was found guilty of misconduct by the GSCC for send emails which were "offensive, profane and of a sexual nature".

This verdict means that Mr Martin cannot continue to work as a social worker but he does have the right to appeal to the Care Standards Tribunal. (Source Community Care)

Minimum Wage
From October 2007 the minimum wage increases to �5.52 per hour, from �5.35 per hour. For employees in the 18-21 age group the new rate is �4.60, and the age group 16-17 gets a rise to �3.40 per hour.

In-House News

Interviews for carers were held last week in Norwich and Exeter.

Meetings were held in Wales with Carmarthenshire County Council Social Services Department.

A potential new client was visited in Buckinghamshire and the post commences this week. Elderly, frail female, salary �536.00 pw inc. Care Manager Sam Clarke.

A review and spot checks were carried out in Berkshire.

Talks have taken place with Adult Social Services in Cardiff.

Interesting Information

It is estimated that there are between five and six million carers (unpaid) in the UK. Legally they are entitled to an assessment of their needs which should lead to appropriate support being given to them. The 2005-2006 figures show that fewer than four hundred thousand carers were offered an assessment or a review of their needs.

Car Insurance
According to the Association of British Insurers the average claim for drivers over the age of 70 is �1,716.00, 50% higher that the average claim for drivers aged 60.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.