Funding

Ten Reminders Why Dilnot's Cap On Care Costs Won't Solve Care Crisis

Stephen Burke | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Back in 2010 the coalition government asked Andrew Dilnot to lead a commission on care funding. He duly reported in 2011 with his proposals including a cap on the cost of care. The government - rightly in my opinion - then in 2015 decided not to implement the cap, set at £72,000, and 'postponed' its implementation until 2020.

What's The Big Vision For Care For Older and Disabled People?

Stephen Burke | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Council tax bills have landed on doormats and across the country most households face higher charges to pay for care for older and disabled people.

If You're Old Or Disabled, You Will Have To Keep Waiting For Better Care

Stephen Burke | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

The government has recognised that care is in crisis. The Budget has provided some more 'sticking plaster' emergency funding for care via local authorities. How that £2 billion will be distributed and used over the next three years remains to be seen.

The Cost Of Education

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK
Dr Clare Owen

How much further can we go before we are forced to admit that continuously saving money could mean we have to rescue education? The conversation must continue, but its focus needs to change. Let's stop talking about cuts and start talking about investment.

Dead Cats And Red Herrings In Pre-Budget Speculation On Care Crisis

Stephen Burke | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

By all means have a debate on whether we should raise more taxation from income or wealth, but let's do it as part of a debate about government finances. Enough of the dead cats and red herrings! It's time for a new vision for better care and support.

Ignore The Fear

Martyn Sibley | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK
Martyn Sibley

The media has become very vocal on both the worldly threats to everyone, and also have their own strange take on disability (triumph over tragedy vs b...

Will The Budget Tackle The Care Crisis?

Stephen Burke | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

On 8 March the Chancellor must show that he understands both the immediate care crisis and the need for a radical and sustainable long term solution. Older and disabled people and their families and carers have been waiting too long for the answer. Let's hope that their expectations aren't dashed yet again.

Government Must Address Care Home Funding Crisis

Davina Ludlow | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Politics
Davina Ludlow

For the first time ever, 2017 is set to see more elderly people requiring care and support, than there are families to provide it. This is topped by an ageing population and a rapidly rising life expectancy, placing greater demands on care services across the country.

Time For Action To Solve The Care Crisis

Stephen Burke | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Another week, another flurry of evidence about the care crisis across the country. Everyone seems to agree that there is a crisis, that care is mass...

Should Council Tax Hikes Or National Taxation Fund Better Care?

Stephen Burke | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

A new vision has to win popular support. Universality is key to ensuring buy-in from the whole population and to tackling the unpopular and fragmented local variations that currently exist. Universality is also critical to raising the status of care and caring, and the value placed on care.

Future Of The NHS - A Patient's Eye View

Michael Wenham | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Politics
Michael Wenham

My primary purpose here is, as a patient, to join calls, like those made by the 75 leading health experts to Theresa May on 11th January, for radical solutions to the break-down of our health and care system. It is not a problem for us that can wait for some utopian answer in 2020. Let's accept that we'll die - but avoid the unacceptable shortcut of the sirens' road towards euthanasia, the cheap solution.

Has Jeremy Hunt Opened A Can Of Worms Or Is He Being Disingenuous?

Malcolm Prowle | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Politics
Malcolm Prowle

In November 2009, I gave my inaugural professorial lecture at Nottingham Business School with the title "The future of UK public services". This was j...

Women In Innovation: Crowdsourcing Clinical Trials

Dr. Rachel Gawley | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Tech
Dr. Rachel Gawley

I grew up 10 miles outside Belfast and completed my undergraduate and PhD at Queen's University. I was always a bit of rule breaker, in a good way, a...

Women In Innovation: Automating Structural Scanning

Pae Natwilai Utoomprurkporn | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Tech
Pae Natwilai Utoomprurkporn

I never believed I could become an entrepreneur. I grew up in Bangkok, Thailand, and received a full scholarship to study Global Innovation Design, ...

Families Of Seriously-Ill Children Feeling The Strain Of Funding Cuts

Barbara Gelb | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Barbara Gelb

As the Chancellor rises to his feet to give his much-anticipated Autumn Statement tomorrow, there will be much jeering and cheering from all sides of the House of Commons. In the detail of the important announcements that will be made on Wednesday there is a danger that one voice won't be heard. The voice of children and young people with life-shortening conditions.

We Must Keep Talking About Breastfeeding Until We Get The Investment New Mothers Deserve

Amy Brown | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Parents
Amy Brown

Breastfeeding is sold to pregnant women as straightforward, easy and rewarding but many do not find that description matches their experience. But the reason for this difficulty should rarely be to do with breastfeeding itself, but instead because society in the UK is not set up to support women to breastfeed

Is A Cross-Party Commission The Best Way To Tackle The Care Crisis?

Stephen Burke | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK
Stephen Burke

There is a common refrain in the care sector: we need a cross-party commission/agreement to tackle the care crisis. There is (almost) consensus on t...

Great People Cannot Be Measured By GCSE Grade Cs Alone

Purnima Tanuku | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Purnima Tanuku

The nursery sector relies on people. Bright, brilliant people who love the job they do. Early years education and childcare attracts great candidates, despite lower wage expectations than in other careers.

The Chancellor Forgot This Huge Brexit Promise In His Speech

Benjamin Butterworth | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Politics
Benjamin Butterworth

Maybe it slipped the Chancellor's mind. He must have a lot to think about right about now. The long-term downward trend predictions for the British economy; the volatile dip in jobs and investment seen in July; the seven week low in the value of sterling today. Not an easy in-tray. But, in case he has forgotten, a few months ago some bold spending promises were made.

It Was Definitely Wanted - But Is the London 2012 Legacy Dead or Alive?

Debbie Lye | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK
Debbie Lye

As the Rio 2016 Olympic Games enthral the world in Brazil, thoughts in the UK are turning to the legacy of our own Games in London 2012. And with the attention comes the inevitable criticism from those disappointed that the transformations they dreamed of - in the economy and prospects of people in East London, or in sports participation - have not come about, or at least not in the way they had wanted.

Charity Is a Broken Funding Model

Lewis Worrow | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK
Lewis Worrow

In my experience, most people with money have no reason to feel guilty or proud, and many are neither particularly smart or greedy either. Instead, th...

LGBT Services Are Facing Meltdown, Disproportionately

Dr Jay Watts | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK
Dr Jay Watts

Social media gives us the impression that we live in a time of freedom, where diversity is celebrated, where refuge can be found with like-minded souls, where help for mental anguish is available. Yet the lived experience of many in the LGBT population is of ever greater poverty, more complex problems, more oppression, and less support.

Funding Cuts for HIV Support Services: Severing a Vital Lifeline

Jacqui Stevenson | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK
Jacqui Stevenson

HIV support services are a vital resource for people living with HIV. Research around the world has demonstrated the positive impact these services have on people's health and wellbeing. Despite this, funding for HIV support is rapidly being cut.

The Implications of Brexit on International NGOs Based in the UK

Toby Porter | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK
Toby Porter

Putting aside the utter dismay that I feel as an individual citizen of the UK and the EU on the outcome of Thursday's referendum, my priority this week as Chief Executive of HelpAge International is to digest and think through the many immediate and longer-term implications for the organisation that I lead. Identical exercises will be going on among all or very many of our peer agencies in the UK development and humanitarian sector.

How a Matter of 62p Saved the Government's key 30 Free Hours Trial

Purnima Tanuku | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Politics
Purnima Tanuku

62p doesn't quite buy you a first class stamp but this modest sum has averted the collapse of a hotly-anticipated Department for Education pilot scheme.