123 Street, NYC, US 0123456789 [email protected]

上海419论坛,上海龙凤419,爱上海 - Powered by Annam Dedric!

ivjkubtm

first_imgThe government has announced proposals to end all new attendance allowance claims and transfer the savings to councils, but says its plans do not include scrapping disability living allowance for older people.The provisional local government finance settlement for 2016-17 includes plans to abolish attendance allowance (AA) for new claimants, and pass the funding to local authorities in England and Wales to help them “support older people with care needs” through their adult social care systems.AA is paid to over-65s who need significant levels of supervision or help, with a lower rate of £55.10 a week and a higher weekly rate of £82.30, and is designed for those who acquire those support needs after turning 65.Those who are already claiming disability living allowance (DLA) or its working-age replacement personal independence payment (PIP) when they turn 65 continue to claim that benefit, rather than AA, and are not currently affected by the proposals.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) insisted that its planned changes to AA – which are subject to consultation – will not apply to existing AA claimants, although more details of its plans will be revealed when it publishes a consultation document in the new year.But there are likely to be fears that abolishing AA for new claimants will eventually be followed by scrapping it completely, and possibly even extending this to over-65s claiming DLA and PIP, following the blueprint created by the coalition and Conservative governments for closing the Independent Living Fund (ILF).ILF was temporarily closed to new members in 2010, before that decision was made permanent the following year.Another 12 months later, ministers took the decision to scrap ILF completely and pass the non-ring-fenced funding to local authorities. The fund finally closed on 30 June 2015.The AA proposals were announced quietly just a few days before Christmas, so there has been little reaction so far from disabled activists and user-led organisations.But Vicky McDermott (pictured), the disabled chief executive of Papworth Trust, described AA as “a lifeline which allows many of our older disabled customers the opportunity to live independently… with low level practical support in their homes”.She said: “Many of our older disabled people who are eligible for attendance allowance are not eligible for social care.“This is for good reason. Attendance allowance is for early intervention and prevents disabled older people from requiring higher level social care needs.“We would have significant concerns about a merger of social care and AA budgets as the applicants to these two funding streams have very different care needs.“Monies that are currently allocated to disabled older people who are in receipt of attendance allowance must not be diverted into social care at the expense of these individuals.”A DWP spokeswoman was unable to confirm that the money saved by scrapping AA for new claimants would be ring-fenced for adult social care, although she said: “We will not use devolution as an opportunity to take money out of the support offer for older people with care needs.”And when asked whether DWP also planned to scrap DLA for those aged over 65, she said only that there were no plans to do so “under this proposal”.last_img read more

ivjkubtm

first_imgThe care watchdog’s decision to ask a discredited US outsourcing giant to manage its disabled expert advisers has led to confusion, cutbacks and a stream of resignations, Disability News Service (DNS) has been told.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) decided earlier this month to pass three of four regional contracts to run the Experts by Experience (EbE) programme to Remploy, formerly a government-owned business but now mostly owned by US-based Maximus.But within days, a stream of disabled people and carers who previously assisted with CQC care inspections under EbE have said they will no longer take part in the programme, with one EbE participant estimating that three out of four have quit rather than work for Maximus.Some of those who agreed to work with Remploy/Maximus have been told to print their own ID badges, while others have reported how Remploy staff appear “utterly confused”.Enham, the disability charity sub-contracted by Remploy to administer the programme in the south of England, has reportedly allocated just one member of staff – who has been on sick leave – to run the programme.And there are concerns that Remploy has decided to train all of its new recruits online, even though they will be entrusted with visiting facilities such as care homes, hospitals and surgeries to talk to service-users about their experiences.Three of the four contracts were won by Remploy/Maximus, while the other was secured by the charity Choice Support, which was previously part of a consortium that ran the whole EbE programme across England.One EbE participant said the programme in parts of the country run by Remploy was now a “nightmare” and that Remploy staff were “nice and polite but utterly confused, with no idea how the system of inspection actually works”.She said: “I have sorted most of it myself once I have the inspector’s name [EbEs always accompany a CQC inspector on inspections]; sort of do-it-yourself inspection planning.”Another Expert said Remploy’s management of the programme had been “inept” and that she and others had been told to print their own ID badges.After complaints, they were sent “handmade, playschool” badges that were laminated bits of paper stuck on to a badge holder with glue.She said: “They do not have a clue what they are doing, won’t take suggestions from Experts like myself who have been doing this for years, and the time I personally have taken to [deal with Remploy’s administrative failings] is huge and has had an effect on my own health.”Another EbE participant, who is now dealing with Enham, said: “The comparison with Choice Support is like moving from top league to lower division.”And yet another said: “I feel that we have been completely undervalued in our role and let down by CQC, who constantly told us what a good job we were doing and how we were invaluable to them.“Our new employers have no idea what is involved and I am concerned about the lack of support that we will receive in the future.”She added: “It is all such a shame, as I felt we were really making a difference to how adult care was received.”There has already been anger after it emerged that Remploy planned to pay its Experts just £8.25 per hour (or £9.40 in London), compared with more than £17 an hour they had received under the Choice Support consortium.Stung by the reaction to Remploy’s proposed pay cut, CQC pledged to subsidise wages for existing EbE participants so their pay would be bumped up to £15 an hour for the first six months of the contract, although new recruits will still be paid just £8.25 per hour.Contacted about the concerns, Enham said it was “committed to supporting, training and working closely with Experts by Experience”.A spokeswoman for the trust said: “The trust takes these concerns seriously and is working with both CQC and Remploy to ensure that the process is as smooth as possible for all Experts.”Both CQC and Remploy refused to comment on the concerns raised by their own EbE participants.CQC refused to answer questions about the alleged chaos, although it did confirm that contracts have still not been signed with Remploy and Choice Support, three weeks after the new arrangements were supposed to be introduced.Remploy/Maximus also refused to answer questions about the implementation of the new arrangements, but a spokeswoman said: “We continue to progress our implementation of this contract with the support of CQC and our delivery partners. “We recognise that a small number of people may or have had issues and we recommend that any expert that has a concern contact Remploy directly at [email protected]“We will not comment on our commercial arrangements.”Under the Experts by Experience programme, more than 500 experts every month are sent on CQC inspections across adult social care, primary care and hospitals, and by the end of 2016 the watchdog plans to have doubled that to 950 a month.Currently, more than 50 per cent of inspections involve Experts by Experience, and CQC wants that to increase to up to 80 per cent in some areas of its work in the next two years.last_img read more

ivjkubtm

first_imgST HELENS RFC have announced the signing of New Zealand international and World Cup winner Lance Hohaia on a four-year deal from season 2012.The 28-year-old has played 22 times for the Kiwis and has made his 167 appearances for the Warriors – a club which he made his debut for in 2002.Saints coach Royce Simmons, stated: “Lance is a proven international. We aim to utilise him as a half back, which is his preferred position, but he does have tremendous utility value and has played most of his recent rugby at full back.“We have some tremendous young talent in our backs and Lance’s experience and success at the highest levels will be of great benefit in helping to develop their games also.”Chairman, Eamonn McManus, added: “Lance is a genuine marquee signing for us and will add experience and versatility to our backs. The Club will have a fantastic new stadium next season and we aim to have a team which can grace it.”Lance, who in his tenth season with the Warriors and is currently enjoying a testimonial said he was excited about joining the Saints.He stands at 175 cms tall and tips the scales at 86kg.last_img read more

ivjkubtm

first_imgROYCE Simmons is expecting another classic “tussle” when Saints and Wigan lock horns on Sunday.Acutely aware of the Club’s success rate against the auld enemy this season, he knows the fine line between winning and losing is even more finite in the Playoffs.“We’re going there knowing what we have to face,” he said. “They are last year’s premiers and we’d had some great tussles with them this season. We haven’t beaten them as of yet, which people keep reminding me, but we drew in first encounter and should have won the second game.“We lost Paul Wellens and Gary Wheeler in the first half of that game which disrupted our back line and we lost in the last few seconds. I also thought at 18-12 the Challenge Cup tie was a 50-50 game too.“We will have to see what players return as we still have a few on the bruised list and see how they come up later in the week.“Francis Meli (pictured), James Roby and Jamie Foster will return and hopefully a few more will join them too. Getting a win means we get a week’s rest and that could get another player or two back… but it’s advancing that’s the important thing.”Simmons once again paid tribute to the 17 players that took to the field on Saturday to beat Quins 34-16.“We had third place naturally tied up so I was looking for a little added motivation and ideas ahead of the match,” he said. “I looked at the side and after speaking to Mike Rush realised that 15 out of the 18 we were taking down to Quins had come through the Academy. They were all English boys too and I thought that was a real good incentive for the players.“It’s not happened in Super League for the Club before and it shows local boys can do the job. It is a reminder of how good the Club’s recruitment is and how good the staff at St Helens really are.”Mega Sale! Saints Superstore and www.saintssuperstore.com are holding a Mega Sale with hundreds of items now reduced in price. As the Saints look ahead to the challenge of facing Wigan on their own patch this weekend, why not take this chance to deck yourself out in official merchandise to show your colours.Retro shirts priced from just £5, T-shirts from just 50p and polos and jackets from just £5, are just a few of the lines that have been flying out the door.ISC Trainingwear reductions of up to Half Price, plus Kooga Training wear and protection all at half price are certain to be snapped up fast. Get yourself down to the store and grab yourself a bargain today. Whilst stocks last!last_img read more

ivjkubtm

first_imgIT’S do or die for Saints Under 20s this weekend as they face Wakefield Wildcats in the Valvoline Cup Play Offs.Ian Talbot’s side kick off their Preliminary Semi Final at 12.30pm and are looking to join Warrington in the final four.So why not make a day of it and pop into the Red Vee Café Bar which is open from 11am, support the future players of the club at 12.30pm and then head over to the big match at the Halliwell Jones?The Super League game will also be on the TV in the Café bar too.Prices for entry to the Wakefield match are £3 and £1.last_img read more

ivjkubtm

first_imgSAINTS will launch their 2015 Home and Away Kits at a special event in the Red V Café Bar this Saturday from 9.30am.It will be the first opportunity to see both in full and meet Travis Burns, Jonny Lomax and Atelea Vea.Mike Bennett will host the event and following the reveal the Saints Superstore will be open.That means you can be the first to purchase the home shirt and pre-order the away one too.The Red V Café Bar will be selling tea and coffee and will remain open until 11am.last_img

ivjkubtm

first_imgLOUIE McCarthy-Scarsbrook just cannot wait to get the season started!Fresh from a successful 2014, the 29-year-old forward says despite an off-season of change he expects Saints to be in the hunt once more.“Keiron has come in with his own ideas and we look sharp,” he said. “We have worked hard in pre-season but now we just want to get started.“We’ve lost some big players in Sia Soliola, Anthony Laffranchi and Willie Manu but have brought in some real quality. Travis Burns seems to have been around for a while and Atelea Vea is big, strong and has brought a lot to our game.“You saw that during both friendlies – he will be a real asset for us.”He continues: “Wilko has been at the club a long time and has learnt from the best. He leads on the field, is very charismatic, enthusiastic and has a real drive to win. He has that expectation of all of us. He will have pressure but hopefully the boys will take the weight from him.“Our aim is to go one better and win all three. I’m sure all teams are the same. Winning the Grand Final was one of the best feelings ever and we want to do it again.“But before then we know with the comp changing we have to aim up each week. If we go in with a relaxed attitude then we won’t win.“The aim for all is to get into the top 8 and then look towards the Grand Final. We need to start well, that will stand us in good stead, and then hopefully we can go all the way once again.”Tickets for Friday’s game against Catalan at Langtree Park remain on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

Recent Comments