November 09, 2006 -- Able Newsflash No.41

Care News

Approx. 3.3.million workers in the UK work more than 48 hours a week. Britain secured the "opt out" to allow British citizens to continue to work more than 48 hours a week if they so wished. Many of the EU countries are opposed to this, mainly on the grounds that workers could feel pressurised into working longer hours or forced to do so by unscrupulous employers. Talks again are taking place this week in an attempt to stop Britain having this "opt out". Currently, however at the time of writing this Newsflash, the general outcome of the talks this week are expected to leave Britain with its "opt out".

The reason being is the difference between member organisations. France and Spain for example oppose the arrangement that Britain has whilst some of the newer members from eastern Europe support our arrangement.

It is expected that the wide differences of opinion will mean that an agreement cannot be reached during these discussions.

The Blue Badge
This gives disabled people the right to park in many places where able bodied people cannot. However, this facility is misused, many are stolen for fraudulent use and many are counterfeit.

Now police officers, traffic wardens or local authority people such as parking attendants have the right to inspect that the badge is being used by the person entitled to do so.

For further details on the new powers you can obtain details from the Dept. of Transport by emailing

In-House News

Potential clients have been visited in Sheffield, Derby, Peterborough and Suffolk. Client reviews have taken place in Croydon and New Malden.

A new post has been taken on in Derbyshire. Elderly couple. Salary �730.00 inc. Care Manager Alan Wilson.

A post for a female with Downs Syndrome has been started in Yorkshire. Salary �558.00 inc. Care Manager Sam Clarke.

Many care agencies are for sale through AM & S. If you are interested visit their web site at: Currently there are agencies for sale in the North West, South West, North East and also multi branch care groups.

Interesting Information

An osteoarthritis simulation suit has been invented which will help care professionals to find out how a person with the disability actually lives. The suit has been developed with the support of Arthritis Care and will be available at health conferences, etc for care professionals to try on. For further information visit:

The number of people being admitted to residential care as at March 2006 fell by 3% on the previous year. In March 2006 there were 256,900 people being supported permanently or temporarily in residential care. Nine out of ten of the residents were living in independently run care homes.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.