28. July 2011 08:28
The Department for Works and Pensions is consulting on proposals to change the way Housing Benefit assists those living in supported housing (including sheltered housing) within the social and voluntary sector. Further information is available on the department’s website;
27. June 2011 12:51
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is conducting research into how well the home based care and support system in England protects the rights of people over 65. The full report will be published in November 2011 however the Commission has published emerging findings which highlight many cases of inadequate care. Problems that have been brought to the Commission’s attention include:
• Inadequate time to deliver care
• Lack of control over timing of care visits
• Failure to deliver adequate homecare
• Lack of staff awareness and training
• High staff turnover
• Lack of complaints and low expectations
Baroness Greengross, a commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission said
"Many older people up and down the country receive good quality care from committed, respectful care workers. But our evidence suggests that in some places care workers are faced with too much to do, in too little time, sometimes without proper training. This is causing standards to slip and is placing older people's human rights to privacy, autonomy and dignity at risk, sometimes in very serious ways.'
Source ECHR press release 20th June : http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/news/2011/june/inquiry-reveals-failure-to-protect-the-rights-of-older-people-receiving-care-at-home/
7. June 2011 08:26
The audit commission has published a report on improving value for money in social care. They found that councils have looked at many ways to provide better and more efficient services. These include: better procurement, improved back office arrangements and providing community based rather than residential care where possible. However the commission concluded that the speed and scale of change must increase if councils want to lower the costs of services as well as improve care for people. The report is available on the commission’s website.
29. May 2011 01:30
Early news about Art Awards 2012 will be posted here over the Summer.
23. May 2011 05:29
The Law Commission has published its recommendations for reviewing social care law. One of their recommendations is that the government should introduce a single statute and code of practice to consolidate and simplify the existing law. The full report is available at:
16. May 2011 15:28
The exhibition is now in its final week at the RBSA Gallery Birmingham. It closes at 5pm on Saturday 21 May 2011.
Last Saturday we held our Celebration Open Day with the announcement of this year’s prize winners. It was a fantastic day with many artists and their families attending from far afield. Our thanks to everyone who supported the event and made the day so special. For those who were unable to attend, here is the list of prizes that were awarded:-
The Girlings Prize for Landscape / Seascape to Vera Turner for “Afternoon in the Garden”
The EAC Prize for Still Life to Dianne Cox for “By the Window”
The EAC Prize for Watercolour to John New for “The Black Country”
The EAC Prize for Drawing to Gordon Morley for “Damian”
The EAC Prize for Oil Painting to Denis Day for “Trebarwith Strand”
The EAC Prize for Portraiture to Keith Ripley for “That Mona Lisa Smile?”
The EAC Prize for 3D work to Sidney Chandler for “Wren in Bush”
The EAC Prize for Photography to Malcolm English for “The Shadow”
The Leisure Painter Subscription Prize to Elizabeth Higgs for “Mixed Bunch”
The Artist Subscription Prize to Bette Hopkins for “Cornish Harbour”
The EAC People’s Choice Award to Sandra Shevlin for “Daniel Under the Banyan”
The Angela Farnell Memorial Prize to Anita Amy Harrison for “Bavarian Alps Farmer”
The Angela Farnell Memorial Prize to Margaret Martin for “Landscape”
Our sincere thanks to our sponsors, The Artist and Leisure Painter, Girlings Retirement Rentals and Sweet Tree Home Care Services for their generosity and support.
Congratulations to all the artists who made this such a vibrant and successful event.
13. May 2011 13:53
Marion Talbot cared for her parents from 1995, when her father had a stroke, until 2009 when her mother who had Alzheimer’s, passed away. Marion told the story of the three years her mother lived with her in a blog for Saga On Line. She has now written a book “Keeping Mum – caring for someone with Dementia” based on her experiences of living with her mum which includes practical advice and guidance on caring for someone with dementia and details of useful organisations. Further information about the book, including how to purchase it, is available on the website
11. May 2011 23:55
The 2011 EAC Art Awards Exhibition is now open at the RBSA Gallery, 4 Brook Street, Birmingham, until 21st May.
Opening hours are
Monday to Friday 10.30am – 5.30pm,
Saturday 10.30am - 5pm
Sunday, 1pm- 5pm.
Saturday 14th May is an invitation only ‘Celebration Open Day’ for finalists and highly commended artists in this year’s competition.
Admission to the exhibition is free.
The exhibition looks superb! Congratulations to all the artists; finalists and highly commendeds, whose talent and hard work have made this exhibition possible. The RBSA Gallery in Birmingham has been an excellent choice for this year's venue, following in a great tradition of Art Awards exhibitions since 1994.
If you are unable to get to Birmingham, then please do keep an eye on the Art Awards website. We hope to post the winners names online on Monday morning, 16th May. Photos of the Saturday Open Day will follow soon after. Meanwhile the online gallery of finalists’ works can temporarily be found under the ‘Galleries’ tab on the blue band across the Home Page.
24. April 2011 13:41
Online voting for The EAC People’s Choice Award 2011 will end at 9pm on Monday 9th May.
The day after voting closes, on Tuesday 10th May, this year’s EAC Art Awards exhibition opens at Birmingham’s RBSA Gallery, and those who are keen to see the works of art in the flesh can visit the gallery from 10.30am.
Those who have been enjoying the neck-and-neck battle for this year’s top places may be interested to know that the voting in 2009 concluded with 735 points (287 votes) for the first place (Gordon Morley’s ‘Downham Village’) beating Gerald Hudson’s ‘Venice’ by 61 points only on the last day. With two weeks yet to go, nothing can be taken for granted!
At the time of writing, we are delighted that 2650 votes have been cast and 780 comments posted. Please keep them coming, and don’t forget, if by any chance we get a rainy day in the next two weeks, please post additional comments on finalists’ work that interests or pleases you. To many artists, encouraging comments are worth more than votes.
Good Luck …and hope to see you in Birmingham!
17. April 2011 13:04
Hastoe Housing Association and the Home Group are running a pilot scheme giving their tenants greater control of the repairs and maintenance budgets for their own homes. Tenants will also be able to pool their resources, creating a 'Community Cashback' account which could help fund improvements to the local area for the benefit of all residents. The government plans to consult on changes to regulations to enable the scheme to be extended to all social tenants
Community and Local Government Press release