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Elmbridge redevelopment completed

Posted on August 16th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Elmbridge redevelopment completed

Retirement Villages Group (RVG) has completed the £4.5m regeneration of the Elmbridge Village site in Cranleigh, Surrey.

The recently opened apartments at Arun House comprise six one and fourteen two bedroom, high-spec apartments, including two penthouses. This, along with the completion of communal facilities, marks the completion of the Elmbridge Village redevelopment.

After taking just 15 months, the project was completed in July, in conjunction with Castleoak, specialist development and construction partners to the retirement living and care sector.

“This follows our recent work at both Elmbridge Manor and Charters Village,” said Castleoak managing director Doug Jones.

“Our specialist team understands the customer’s exacting requirements, and work collaboratively to deliver. Our purpose as a business is to create quality living space, and I believe we’ve achieved this again at Arun House.”

The initial phase of the build saw a new central clubhouse, Elmbridge Manor, constructed, … Read More »


A deal of uncertainty

Posted on August 13th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. 3 comments

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

Apart from death, taxes and a messy Brexit we live in a world of uncertainty. In social care we’ve got uncertainty in spades, with the ace being the big curly question mark poised above a green paper on funding which the Government might get around to publishing sometime soon.

Then there’s recruitment: continuing the playing cards image, let’s call that the king.

Next in the honours list is the queen, representing the £400m Sword of Damocles which remains hanging over specialist care providers now that UNISON has appealed to the Supreme Court over payments for sleep-in shifts.

Let’s make health and social care intergration the jack – high on the agenda, but not so high that there’s been any real progress with truly joined-up service provision for the past decade or so.

Then there’s all the other uncertainties around … Read More »


Unison appeals to Supreme Court over sleep-in shift payments

Posted on August 8th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Unison appeals to Supreme Court over sleep-in shift payments

Following last month’s decision at the Court of Appeal to overturn the sleep-in shift ruling Unison, the trade union acting on behalf of care worker Claire Tomlinson-Blake, has now lodged an official appeal to the Supreme Court.

Following the Court of Appeal ruling, specialist care providers now face a further period of uncertainty as the Supreme Court might take eight weeks or more to decide on whether to grant permission for the appeal to be heard.

The Court of Appeal ruling meant the £400m allegedly owed to care workers who had been deemed to be underpaid for overnight shifts is no longer considered to be due under current legislation – a decision that could now be under threat if leave to appeal is granted and the case is considered by the Supreme Court.

Matthew Wort, partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors, said Unison’s appeal … Read More »





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