July 13, 2006 -- Able Newsflash No.24

Care News

Working Time Directive; 48 Hour Opt Out
In a meeting on 7th July employers organisations and the European Trade Union Confederation did not manage to find an agreement on national opt out clauses from the disputed directive.

The discussions will continue with the Finnish Labour Minister, Tarja Filatov saying that during the Finnish Presidency, they would continue to try and find a compromise in this working time dispute.

Personal Injury Survey
InjuryLawyers4U took top spot in 2005 for generating the most claims per month followed by the National Accident Helpline (Source Datamonitor 2005). In Great Britain in 2005 there were 271,017 road casualties. This was 3 percent less than in 2004.

A social worker appeared last week before the General Social Care Council for alleged failure to disclose a full criminal record when applying for registration.

In-House News

Potential carers - this week we have received applications from 7 carers with NVQ 2, 1 carer with NVQ 3 and from two nurses.

Potential news posts/reviews have been visited in Jersey, Guernsey, Lincolnshire and London.

The following posts have commenced this week:

Chris on 01603 281917 is the Care Manager for both the above posts.

Interesting Statistics

Domiciliary Care Agency for sale in the West Midlands. T/O �170,000+ per annum. Private and social service clients. Asking price �79,950. For further details visit http://www.businessesforsale.com

There are more than three million carers who juggle holding down a job and caring for someone. If they are providing in excess of 35 hours per week then an entitlement of �46.95 per week can be claimed as the Carers Allowance. However, claiming the Allowance means Carers have to make sure that they comply with the Rules which limit earnings to less than �84.00per week.

In the UK, 850,000 people are injured or made ill as a result of their job. 25,000 people are forced to give up work as a result of a work-related in jury or illness. Only 10 percent will get any form of compensation or state. Britain pays out much less in civil compensation as a proportion of it�s GDP than any other major European country apart from Denmark. The above information comes from the TUC�s document, "Personal Injury Claims, Proposals for Change".

To download this document (in PDF format) to your computer, right click and save this link:
http://www.claimscouncil.org/files/TUC_March_2006.pdf

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.