Is This The Future Of Care For Young And Old?

Stephen Burke | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK
Stephen Burke

The co-location of care for young and old makes sense in so many ways. As nurseries and care homes struggle to avoid closure, there are rays of hope on the horizon. Here is a model of care that works for all generations.

Overcoming The UK Childcare Crisis

Ben Black | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Politics
Ben Black

Childcare in the UK is a shambles. Today's call from the charity Working Families and the Childcare Voucher Association to keep open childcare vouchers - even as the new tax-free childcare scheme comes into effect - doesn't help. Unusually though there is a simple fix that a brave government not obsessed with Brexit, could grab with both hands...

May vs Leadsom - Who Cares the Most?

Stephen Burke | Posted 09.07.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Ultimately who can unite both the Tory party and Britain? It's a huge challenge, but now the men are out of it, the games can stop and the serious players can show that they really care - about ordinary families, their struggles with caring responsibilities and giving everyone, whatever their age, the best care and support.

Post-Brexit - The Care Crisis Will Only Get Worse

Stephen Burke | Posted 01.07.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

I hesitate to add to the outpourings since the Brexit vote. The consequences of political and economic turmoil are already clear to see.

We Need to Build Carer Friendly Communities

Stephen Burke | Posted 04.06.2017 | UK
Stephen Burke

According to statistics from Carers UK, there are currently around 6.5 million people the UK who are carers and this figure is destined to rise with the prediction that there will be an enormous 9 million people caring for others by 2037.

Five Lessons For Eldercare From The Childcare Revolution

Stephen Burke | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Care is in crisis. Growing numbers of older people need care, but fewer older people are actually getting help. That means more and more older people are paying for care themselves, or rely on family/friends, or struggle without help.

The Straw That Broke the Care Camel's Back?

Stephen Burke | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Friday 1 April is a notable day for many low paid workers, as the national minimum wage becomes the national living wage. It will rise from £6.70 an hour to £7.20 an hour for workers aged 25 and over.

Crisis in Care: Homecare Services at a Four-year Low

Stephen Burke | Posted 26.02.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Homecare services are getting increasingly poor reviews from families and users of these vital services.

New Report on Intergenerational Fairness Sets Scene for Select Committee Inquiry

Stephen Burke | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

The House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee has just launched an inquiry into intergenerational fairness. It asks among other things wheth...

NHS Chief Opens a Huge Can of Worms

Stephen Burke | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK
Stephen Burke

Simon Stevens has opened a huge can of worms. Let's use the opportunity to create a much better care system that is fair, simple and sustainable and really meets the needs of all older people, now and throughout this century.

Care Crisis Reality Comes Home to Roost

Stephen Burke | Posted 10.12.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

It's taken less than two weeks for the sticking plaster in the Chancellor's spending review to come off and expose the gaping wound that is care for o...

Can the Mass Closure of Care Homes Be Averted?

Stephen Burke | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK
Stephen Burke

The care home sector is near meltdown, according to owners, care experts and financial analysts. They warn that thousands of homes will be forced to close because they are not financially sustainable.

A New Organisation for Grandparents - And Their Grandchildren and Families

Stephen Burke | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK
Stephen Burke

In the 1970s my mother worked full-time which meant that my grandmother - my mother's mother - was there looking after my brother, sister and me at th...

A Spending Review for All Ages?

Stephen Burke | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Former Tory government Minister David Willetts has put the cat amongst the pigeons in his new role. Willetts now heads the independent think tank, t...

Beyond Party Conferences to the Spending Review

Stephen Burke | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

The annual party gatherings are over; clear lines have emerged between the main parties; and now all eyes will revert to Parliament as the stage for the next bout of jousting. Debates will range from tax credits to trade union rights to immigration.

Farewell to the Cap - Where Next for Care Funding?

Stephen Burke | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

The question is whether the government is prepared to use the opportunity of scrapping the cap to fund and deliver a much better and fairer system to pay for better care.

What Prospects for Childcare and Eldercare Under the New Government?

Stephen Burke | Posted 22.05.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

The election proved again that politics is increasingly about the personal. And there is nothing more personal than getting the care you need for your family. The next five years will be a real test for the government as it battles to balance the books and meet the growing expectations of families.

Care - The Crisis That Hasn't Barked in the Election Campaign

Stephen Burke | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Until the new government gets to grips with the care crisis and introduces more financial help for older people, it will be up to each of us to get the best deal possible. As more older people and their families realise that increasingly they are on their own and they are expected to pay for their care, then pressure will increase on government to sort out the mess.

The Care Crisis - Telling It as It Is

Stephen Burke | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Stephen Burke

The BBC highlight three particular problems: the care system is horrendously complex and about to get more so; it is massively underfunded; and the government's planned cap on care costs being introduced next year will help very few older people pay for care.

Not All Prices Are Falling as Cost of Childcare Is on the Rise

Stephen Burke | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK
Stephen Burke

This growing crisis in care for all ages is having a huge impact on working families, many of whom are facing the cost squeeze from all directions. It will be some time before most families feel their household coffers seem more than half empty.

The Perfect Storm? Tackling the NHS Crisis Isn't Impossible

Stephen Burke | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK
Stephen Burke

Apparently on Christmas Eve in Norfolk where I live homecare providers had no spare capacity to look after any more older people in their homes. This prevented hospital discharge and made hospital admission more likely...

Enjoy Christmas and Think Carefully About the New Year

Stephen Burke | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK
Stephen Burke

At some point over the Christmas holiday many people will see older members of their family. This will for most people be a time of fun, celebration and great memories.

Time to Care for Our Caring Grandparents

Stephen Burke | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK
Stephen Burke

Grandparents and family carers are unsung heroes. They do the right thing and step in to care for children, keeping them out of care, usually in very difficult circumstances and at great personal cost.

Support for People With Learning Disabilities - A Challenge for All of Us

Stephen Burke | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Stephen Burke

A damning report by Sir Stephen Bubb this week on the collective failings to improve care and support for people with learning disabilities has lessons for us all.

Is Help for Last-Time Buyers the Solution to the Housing Crisis?

Stephen Burke | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Prudential says that two-fifths of homeowners aged over 55 are looking to downsize. Will the government come up with a 'Help to move' package to make it happen? And will planners and developers create the housing options that older people want?