Social Care sector to receive £290million to boost staffing levels & testing.

Social Care sector to receive £290million to boost staffing levels & testing.

The funding is to protect and support staff and residents in care homes and those receiving help in their own homes. 19/1/2021

  • New £120 million fund for local authorities to boost staffing levels.
  • £149 million grant system to support increased testing in care homes.
  • The new £120 million funding will help local authorities to boost staffing levels, a direct ask of the sector.
    The funding can.
  • provide additional care staff where shortages arise
  • .support administrative tasks so experienced and skilled staff can focus on providing care.
  • help existing staff to take on additional hours if they wish with overtime payments or by covering childcare costs.
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Care Home Residents To Receive Free Vitamin D Doses

Care Home Residents To Receive Free Vitamin D Doses.

The government will provide a one off free 4-month supply of daily vitamin D supplements for residents in residential and nursing care homes in England to help support their general health, in particular bone and muscle health. Delivered direct to Nursing & Care Homes from January 2021.

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Fire Safety Bill Published

The Home Office 19th March introducing a new bill to improve fire safety in buildings in England and Wales.

The proposed Fire Safety Bill builds on action already taken to ensure that people feel safe in their homes, and a tragedy like the Grenfell Tower fire never happens again.

The bill will amend the Fire Safety Order 2005 to clarify that the responsible person or duty-holder for multi-occupied, residential buildings must manage and reduce the risk of fire for:

  • the structure and external walls of the building, including cladding, balconies and windows
  • entrance doors to individual flats that open into common parts

This clarification will empower fire and rescue services to take enforcement action and hold building owners to account if they are not compliant.

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New Scottish legislation to improve housing rights for disabled people.


New regulation proposals have been launched by the      Scottish government aiming to improve accessibility for those living with a disability in the communal areas around their home.

Under the newly announced proposals, people living with disabilities would be given the right to remove barriers to  access by creating ramps, widening paths and installing handrails in common areas.

These changes are hoped to improve equality for those living with disabilities, though all potential works would only be sanctioned provided they have support of a majority of  neighbours. More

 

Whirlpool told to recall unsafe tumble dryers.

Whirlpool told to recall unsafe tumble dryers.


The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) welcomes news that the government has given Whirlpool notice that it intends to require the company to recall up to 500,000 of its tumble  dryers over fire safety risks.

NFCC has been calling for changes to improve product recalls and manufacturing standards, including the need for a single Government backed register for UK product recalls, for a  number of years.

The dryers affected are the vented and condensing tumble dryers branded Hotpoint, Creda, Indesit, Swan or Proline, that were made between April 2004 and October 2015. More