Cranbrook favoured over rural areas for bus services

Yet another blow for rural towns and villages where bus servicex have been cut so people can’t get into Exeter or the Science Park or the Lidl depot if they don’t have cars.

Bus operator Stagecoach has announced additional journeys on one of its popular routes.

The changes, which will be implemented on its 4 route on October 16, include a new 5.36am journey from Exeter Bus Station to Cranbrook running seven days a week.

The return journey to the bus station from Cranbrook will leave at 6.09am.

The route will also provide a later bus to and from Cranbrook on Sundays.

Under the revised changes, the last service from Exeter Bus Station to Cranbrook will be at 9.36pm and the last service from Cranbrook to Exeter Bus Station will be at 10.09pm.

The full 4 route runs from Exeter to Axminster, stopping at Cranbrook, Ottery St Mary and Honiton along the way.”

Developer “builds more homes as it cashes in on Government support”

It calls houses it sells for an average of £515,000 CHEAP!

“The FTSE 250 company builds both private homes for sale and undertakes regeneration of housing estates. It said that in the year to September 30 it built 53pc more houses for sale than the year before, from 783 to 1,197 homes, while completions in its ‘partnerships’ arm increased by 17pc.

It expects this division, which is being helped by Government grants and other policies, to soon be the biggest part of the business. Ian Sutcliffe, the chief executive, said: “This means we can grow the business faster because we’re not waiting behind a sales rate to build and it gives us greater resilience. When the market starts to turn [our output of affordable and rental homes] won’t slow down but could increase.”

The company added that customer demand had remained strong, boosted by low interest rates and the Help to Buy programme, which has just been extended by the Government, and which is used on 53pc of Countryside’s private sales.

Mr Sutcliffe added: “We’re really pleased with the Government reaffirming support for housing, and not just private for sale, but affordable too, which plays really well to our business.”

The average selling price of Countryside’s private homes for sale fell by 23pc to £515,000 in the period, as part of its plan to reduce exposure to the subdued higher end of the market, which is suffering from slower sales rates. Its order book increased by 8pc to £242.4m, and it boosted its land bank. …”

Very healthy salaries to promote health in Cranbrook (unfortunately, nowhere else)

£53,152 – £57,861 pro rata for 14 hours per week

Devon County Council are recruiting for a Programme Director and Programme Manager to work on the Cranbrook Healthy Town project. Both posts are part time, fixed term for 18 months.

Applications are welcome from people with experience of working in health care, commissioning, public health, local government and /or voluntary sector and this includes those who are interested in the posts as a secondment opportunity.

The Programme Director post will ensure the successful delivery of the Cranbrook Healthy New Town programme outcomes through effective leadership and dynamic partnership working. Working to the Executive Group, the Programme Director will secure commitment to a shared vision and set a clear direction for the second phase of the programme. The Programme Director will ensure that partner engagement and contributions translate into positive programme outcomes. Engaging and collaborating with relevant business partners at strategic level to stimulate innovation within the programme is a priority for this post. Year three funding for the Cranbrook Healthy New Town programme from NHS England is contingent upon successful delivery of year two outcomes.

This is a temporary post offered for 18 months.

Devon County Council will be hosting this post on behalf of the Cranbrook Healthy New Town Executive Group.

You will be expected to travel within Devon and across England to engage fully with national programme events, which may be held in London or at any of the other nine demonstrator sites.”

“You can’t be a Trot(skyite) and an allotment holder …”!

Ex Social Democrat/Lib Dem politician David Owen on Corbyn becoming PM:

I think it’s certainly a possibility. I believe he is different person from the old Trotskyist that people thought he was. Thirteenth law of British politics, you can’t be a Trot and an allotment holder. They share things; they share their seeds and their spades and they have this narrow strip of land. And I think he has shown a likeability.

“Why won’t ministers acknowledge social care’s growing emergency?”

Another of those articles you cannot summarise – you need the whole dreadful story. 12 consultations in 20 years, no action!

“How close to the brink is the social care system? In the severest warning yet that it is fast becoming unsustainable, council leaders will on Wednesday warn that their ability to support older and disabled people is “veering steadily towards the impossible”.

The picture in children’s services is no better. The body representing directors of those services reports that their ability to make any impact at all on the lives of 4 million children living below the poverty line is increasingly constrained by relentless funding cuts.

As leaders of both children’s and adult services in England meet this week in Bournemouth for their annual joint conference, they will reflect ruefully on the deafening silence from last week’s Conservative party gathering in terms of any relevant policy or funding initiative.

Most alarming for the adult sector was the complete absence from the prime minister’s ill-fated conference address of any reference to the system reform that had been flagged in the party’s general election manifesto, promising “dignity and protection in old age”.

It was left to social care minister Jackie Doyle-Price to announce that the consultation trailed in the Queen’s speech in June would not begin until 2018.

Mark Lever, co-chair of the Care and Support Alliance, a grouping of more than 80 care charities, describes the news as incredibly disappointing: “This year marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of the royal commission on care and there have been 12 separate consultations and reviews since then. Yet the big questions on funding have repeatedly been dodged and the system is on its knees.”

Twelve months ago, the adult sector was described by its regulator, the Care Quality Commission, as “approaching a tipping point”. In a report on Wednesday, the Local Government Association (LGA), which represents councils, will lament that “inertia remains the characteristic we typically associate with the prospects for future funding and reform”.

While welcoming the £2bn one-off emergency cash injection unveiled in the spring budget, the LGA says the sector still needs £1.3bn immediately to help stabilise the care provider market. It also projects a £1bn funding gap by 2020 – not accounting for further cost pressures, such as the question of who will pay for care workers to receive the full minimum wage when doing sleep-in shifts.

Izzi Seccombe, who chairs the LGA’s community wellbeing board and is Tory leader of Warwickshire county council, says: “Councils have a proud record of getting on with the job of delivering for their local residents, and doing so in partnership, but it is no exaggeration to say that the circumstances are now veering steadily towards the impossible.”

Seccombe’s reference to partnership is pointed. Relations between local government and the NHS have soured in recent weeks amid recriminations over responsibility for delayed hospital discharges of older patients and intense government pressure to clear beds in time for a feared winter flu crisis. The LGA is furious that some councils deemed to be not pulling their weight face penalties.

One example given in Wednesday’s report is Sheffield council. Despite being one of the 20 authorities with the highest rates of delayed discharge locally, it has nearly halved the daily number of hospital beds occupied by people medically fit to go home – but held up by issues such as arrangement of a social care package – from 171 in February to 90 in July.

A survey by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services of about 100 councils, also released on Wednesday, will reveal that some have already been fined – by up to £100,000 – since April for causing delayed discharges. More than half are expecting to be overspent on adult social care in 2017-18.

Amid mounting concern over the fragile state of the homecare market, 48% of the councils surveyed say that homecare providers have handed back contracts in the past five months because they cannot fulfil them or make them pay. That’s up on the 37% who said the same in a previous survey in the spring.

More than 45% of councils say they find it difficult to find homecare providers, while 20% report difficulty securing places in residential homes and 52% say spaces in nursing homes are hard to come by.

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services will use the Bournemouth conference to set out an eight-point plan for government to tackle poverty, including making good what the LGA forecasts will be a £2bn shortfall in funding of the children’s sector by 2020.”

Care at home? “Care homes could become most common place to die by 2040”

Care homes could overtake hospitals as the most common place for people to die, according to new research.

Just over a fifth of annual deaths in England and Wales currently occur in care homes, but experts predict the number will more than double by 2040.

Experts from King’s College London analysed data for deaths from 2004 to 2014.

Over that period, the proportion of deaths that occurred in care homes increased from 17% to 21%, with the number of fatalities rising from 85,000 to 106,000 a year. Calculations suggest this figure could rise to nearly 230,000 a year by 2040.

Meanwhile, the number of deaths in hospitals fell between 2004 and 2014 to 241,335, and this trend is expected to continue.

The researchers said most people prefer to die in the place they are usually cared for, including home, rather than in hospital. But they warned that hospital deaths could rise again unless capacity continues to increase in care homes.

They said: “Our projections show that if current trends continue, the need for end-of-life care will rise substantially over the next 25 years, particularly at home and in care homes.

“If current trends continue, deaths in care homes, homes and hospices will almost double by 2040, which will account for 76% of all deaths.

“Care home deaths are projected to become the most common place of death by 2040.

“However, if care home capacity does not increase and these additional deaths instead occur in hospital, the decline in hospital deaths will reverse by 2023, rising to 40.5% of all deaths by 2040.” …