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No more ‘no comment’

Posted on January 16th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. 3 comments

By guest blogger BOB FERGUSON

I read a column recently – in the Racing Post, if you must know – in which the writer lamented: “as time and columns pass it gets increasingly difficult to remember what you’ve written before.” As you may have noticed, bloggers can be similarly afflicted. Cut from the same cloth as columnists, they too have a tendency to blather on (and on) about what they have written so often before.

They tend to be driven by the assumption that the subject of their fixation – yes, it can be a single one! – Is equally all-consuming for their readers. It fuels a need to share an unshakeable conviction that they, and they alone, hold the key. “Blinkered” doesn’t come close. But then that is the nature of the beast; making a worthwhile contribution is not really what … Read More »


Doubts raised about online Power of Attorneys

Posted on January 12th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT Extra. Comments Off on Doubts raised about online Power of Attorneys

Caring Times, January 2017

Organisations representing and providing services for older and vulnerable people have jointly raised concerns around the Government’s online tool for creating Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs).

An LPA is a powerful legal document which allows a person to appoint trusted individuals to make important decisions about care and finances on their behalf, in the event of a loss of mental capacity through an accident or illness such as dementia.

In May 2014, the Government’s Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) launched its online LPA tool, which it claims allows people to create the documents without the need for professional advice from a solicitor.

But a new report, published by a coalition of organisations led by Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), warns that anyone creating an LPA without taking specialist legal advice faces a significantly higher risk of being left with … Read More »


Funding favours Tory constituencies, says GMB

Posted on January 10th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Funding favours Tory constituencies, says GMB

Caring Times, January 2017

Some of the most deprived areas of the UK face ‘outrageous’ social care cuts while leafy Tory strongholds are getting millions of pounds shovelled into their coffers, according to the GMB union.

Figures released by the union show the ten wealthiest parts of the country have seen their spending increase by £135m since 2010. GMB says the poorest parts of the UK have had their social care budget has been slashed by £145m while the constituencies of David Cameron and Theresa May have been given a huge cash boost. Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire’s spending has rocketed by more than £40m each while during the same period the ten poorest regions’ budget has reduced by £135m.

Windsor and Maidenhead and Wokingham, which cover the Prime Minister’s constituency, have had a budget increase of almost £10m between them and the biggest spending … Read More »





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