Round-up of the week

    Round-up of the week 31 January to the 4 February
    2005


    Monday 31 January 2005

    The King’s Fund launched an independent review of funding for
    older people’s services in the form of a one-year inquiry,
    headed by Derek Wanless.

     
    Gordon Brown

    The Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and the Office of the
    Deputy Prime Minister’s Neighbourhood Renewal Unit published
    proposals to tackle the causes of deprivation and turn around
    deprived areas by 2021.The report pledged better childcare for
    working parents, help for working age people who are living on
    benefits get back into work and for people in deprived areas to
    benefit from wider public service reforms.

     

    Chancellor Gordon Brown encouraged young people to do voluntary
    work as part of their everyday lives.

     


    Tuesday 1 February 2005

    Education Secretary Ruth Kelly called for a zero tolerance approach
    to classroom disruption. Kelly told an audience of head-teachers in
    Blackpool that real progress had been made in tackling serious bad
    behaviour in schools, but a focus was needed on the disruptive
    behaviour by a minority of pupils


    Wednesday 2 February 2005

    The biggest shake-up of incapacity benefits since they were created
    were outlined in the Department for Work and Pensions Five Year
    Strategy. People with the most severe health conditions or
    disabilities will qualify for more money than they do now under the
    new incapacity benefit system.

    The draft Children (Contact) and Adoption Bill  was published
    proposing new powers to be offered to judges to improve contact
    arrangements for children and their parents following parental
    separation. The draft bill also explains the process by which
    inter-country adoptions from individual countries may be suspended
    where there are concerns about child welfare.

    Thursday 3 February 2005

    New figures for the number of pensioners receiving Pension Credit
    indicated that over 80 per cent of the poorest older people are now
    having their income topped up to the guaranteed level, which is at
    least £105 per week – rising to £109 in April this
    year.

    New Asset  
    Jo Williams

    Community Care launched the results of our poll to find
    the most influential person in the social care sector. Jo Williams,
    chief

     

    executive of Mencap, was crowned the most influential person while
    Dame Denise Platt, chair of the Commission for Social Care
    Inspection, was the runner-up.

    Friday 4 February 2005

    Gordon Brown’s plans to recruit young people to volunteer to
    help disabled people were branded as “patronising” by
    disability charity John Grooms. The charity believes the idea
    undermines and devalues the current needs of disabled people.

     

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