Some good news!

UNISON Personal Learning Development Grants for PERSONAL CARE ASSISTANT MEMBERS working in private or charity-run/ voluntary aided homes or employed directly by individuals

We know how difficult it is to afford training to improve your job prospects due to huge increases in course fees and the withdrawal by many employers of financial support for career development.

Members who provide personal care in private or charity-run/ voluntary aided homes or individual’s own homes make up an increasing proportion of UNISON’s membership. To help you get on at work and develop your career, UNISON is piloting Personal Learning Development Grants with this group of members. 10 awards of up to £300 each are offered for course fees.

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Some bad news

As of April 6th statutory sick pay – can’t be claimed by small employers from HMRC.

The situation now means that small employers will have to meet full cost of statutory sick pay – some will cut it back. Some might be able to carry on as they were as the £2,000 national insurance allowance should provide them a bit of cover.

However for individual employers this doesn’t apply. They’ve been told they should develop a contingency fund from the money they get to cover any sick pay costs.

So people who get their budgets from the councils to employ PAs will know either have to cut the workers pay or the amount of hours of care they get.

So bad news for PAs
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Personal Assistants Conference 23.6.14 in Leeds

We are running a conference for Personal Assistants 23.6.14 in Leeds.

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A change needs to happen

Train driver? Pilot? Pop star? Ask little Johnny what he wants to do when he grows up and he's unlikely to say "work in social care".

Unless we do something to change that, England could face a shortfall of 718,000 care workers by 2025.

The Office for National Statistics projects that the number of people in England aged 85 or over will increase from 1.24 million in 2013 to 2.3 million by 2030. This age group is also the most likely to have some form of disability.

The Future Care Workforce report from Anchor and the International Longevity Centre-UK found that, to meet the care needs of the soaring numbers of older people, a staggering 40% of the projected increase in England's working age population will need to enter the care profession by 2025.

The care workforce currently largely relies on women, who make up 82% of the workforce, and non-British workers, who comprise 18.2%. However, there is a limit to the extent to which these groups can fill the gap.

Just 4.2% of working men currently have roles in health and social care (compared to nearly one in six women). But with men now living longer, our diverse ageing population needs a diverse workforce. This means we need to recruit men, older workers, the underemployed and the unemployed.

Denise Keating, chief executive of the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion, says there is strong evidence that a diverse workforce that reflects its customer base leads to higher performing organisations.

She believes the care sector offers many opportunities for both older and younger people to develop their careers, and says forward-thinking organisations will be ensuring they provide good promotional prospects, training and the chance to make a positive difference to older people's lives.

A change in public perception is also needed. Research conducted by Anchor found that a quarter of men (25%) aged 16 to 25 say they would never consider becoming a carer. A third of these say it is because they simply didn't know enough about the job. But 94% of young people agree care is a suitable profession for a man and 23% of 16- 25-year-olds said they would be more inclined to think about a career in care, if there were a more positive public perception of the role.

With more than 900,000 young people unemployed, care providers need to examine factors that will encourage young job seekers to join the care sector, and address the stereotypes surrounding care roles. To improve the ratio of men to women social care must be actively promoted as work that men, as well as women, can find interesting and fulfilling.

At Anchor we are creating 1,000 new jobs over the next three years to help meet the demands of the ageing population, and we recognise the benefits of having a workforce which reflects the diversity of our customers.

But maintaining, not just recruiting, this care workforce is also important. We as care providers must ensure that employees have the right support structures in place to drive career development.

Extensive training and promotion prospects should be present across the care supplier board, and we hope this will continue to encourage people to consider joining and, crucially, staying in the care workforce.

This article is from The Guardian Social Care Network

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CONFLICT MANAGEMENT FOR INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYERS AND PERSONAL ASSISTANTS

We are pleased to announce in partnership with ACAS, we are running the above course FREE with lunch included.

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Community Hubs in your area

Unison are starting to set up community hubs for Personal Assistants. This is a chance for PAs to meet up in a community setting.

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PA Conference in London March 12th

http://paconference2014.eventbrite.co.uk

click on the link for more information.

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Unison Black Members Conference

We spoke about the PA network at Unison black members conference, a lively meeting took place with some great conversations. We have since added a section on zero hour contracts. We are keen to add anything that would benefit and support you in your role as a Personal Assistant.

We are also looking into supporting some Personal Assistants into setting up a workers co-operative. Watch this space for more news.

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Campaign for the Living Wage

The idea behind a living wage is very simple: that a person should be paid enough to live decently and to adequately provide for their family. At its heart is an ethical argument for preventing in-work poverty and ensuring workers are not exploited through low wages.

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worried about paying your winter fuel bill?

With rising fuel costs and another cold winter many members are worried

about how they’re going to pay this year’s winter fuel bills.

 

Help is on hand

 

“There for You” has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on

low income by way of a one-off payment of up to £40.

To apply and download the application form visit unison.org/thereforyou

or simply contact your UNISON branch office. Everyone that applies

will receive a booklet giving information about other help that may be

available and how to reduce your fuel costs in the future.

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