Here is Gloria’s Ashfield Chad column from January 4th, 2017:
You are hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t been affected directly or indirectly by the crisis in adult social care that the country is currently facing.
The blame for this lies squarely at the door of this Tory government.
Its cuts to local authority funding have resulted in both the escalating costs of care and a shortage of residential home places.
Under this Government, social care spending has dropped by £4.6bn, meaning the Tories are spending less on looking after our vulnerable and older people than Labour was in 2010.
And that is despite demand rocketing.
In Nottinghamshire in 2010/11, the county council spent around £261m a year on adult social care.
This fell to just £222m in 2015/16 as it was forced to make massive savings across many service areas.
The Chancellor failed to allocate any extra money for social care in the Autumn Statement.
Allowing councils to raise extra cash by increasing their council tax precept will not bring anywhere near enough money in to cover the costs now or in the future.
Enough is enough, this Government needs to properly fund these vital services before any more damage is done to our health and social care system.
I have recently signed an Early Day Motion on a very sensitive issue that I hope the Government will seriously look into – the costs of children’s funerals.
Approximately 5,000 babies and children tragically die in this country each year, leaving parents to cope with unimaginable grief and pain.
Some local authorities waive all or a proportion of the funeral costs, which can be a significant burden for bereaved families.
The EDM calls on the Government to establish a specific fund from which local authorities can draw, to help them cover these costs.
I hope it listens and does what it can to help parents when they need it most.
DBS checks play an important role in making sure that people are screened for criminal convictions prior to starting any kind of work with young or vulnerable people.
But lengthy delays in processing these certificates can cause huge problems.
A lady who has recently moved to Kirkby was waiting on an enhanced DBS check from the Metropolitan Police before she could start a new job.
She had been waiting for so long that she was worried that her job offer might be rescinded, so I got in touch with the Met to find out what was causing the delay.
Shortly afterwards, the lady’s certificate was issued, along with an apology for the delay.
I am glad I could help resolve this situation and wish this lady good luck in her new role.