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DH: We need a system that ‘protects them from public sector bean counters’ - Plans to strengthen the protection of vulnerable adults by making it a legal requirement for all local authorities to have a Safeguarding Adults Board were this week announced by Care Services Minister, Paul Burstow.
Safeguarding Adults Boards provide vital leadership to those involved in adult safeguarding work across the full range of safeguarding issues. These range from serious incidents in hospitals and institutional abuse in care settings, to financial abuse & ‘scams’, bullying & victimisation.
Mr Burstow has also outlined the new Government guiding principles on safeguarding which seek to increase the protection for those most at risk in society.
The principles outline the Government’s objective to prevent & reduce the risk of harm to vulnerable people and set out the key issues, which must inform local arrangements including:
* Empowerment – supporting people to make decisions and have a say in their care
* Protection – support & representation for those in greatest need
* Prevention – it is better to take action before harm occurs
* Proportionality – safeguarding must be built on proportionality and a consideration of people’s human rights
* Partnership – local solutions through services working with their communities
* Accountability – safeguarding practice & arrangements should be accountable & transparent
MoD: No other public service is asked to do so much for so little reward - The Government published the tri-Service Armed Forces Covenant and announced that, with an amendment to the Armed Forces Bill, its principles will be enshrined in law. The covenant is a statement of the moral obligation which exists between the nation, the Government and the Armed Forces.
The core principles are that members of the Armed Forces Community do not suffer disadvantages as a result of their service and that they receive special treatment where appropriate. The Armed Forces Bill will also require the Defence Secretary to report to Parliament every year on the progress of improvements to the covenant in key areas including healthcare, housing and education.
Newswire - HPC: Nowhere near the ‘a maximum of 20 times the lowest paid’ then? - The High Pay Commission has released its interim report entitled More For Less: what has happened to pay at the top and does it matter? The report is an extensive audit of the current debate on top pay. It reveals the dramatic growth in pay experienced by those at the top of the income distribution over the last 30 years and discusses the causes of this growth.
A new ICM poll shows that 72% of the public think high pay makes Britain grossly unequal whilst 73% have no faith in government or business to tackle excessive high pay. The poll shows that, from a range of options, the majority of the public (57%) wants top pay linked clearly to company performance, while half (50%) want shareholders to have a direct say on senior pay and bonus packages.
Chair of the High Pay Commission, Deborah Hargreaves, said: “This is the clearest evidence so far that the gap between pay of the general public and the corporate elite is widening rapidly and is out of control. Set against the tough spending measures and mixed company performance, we have to ask ourselves whether we are paying more and getting less.”
The High Pay Commission will now be commissioning additional research on the issue of high pay and developing policy proposals that could seek to mitigate or reduce this dramatic trend. It will report finally in November 2011.
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