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April 2015
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newlsettersKeeping fit and out of hospital
By County Cllr Tricia Birchley

This newsletter is published as the Care Act becomes law on 1st April. This means the biggest shake-up in social services for generations and will encourage everybody to adopt a lifestyle aimed at reducing health problems later in life. Locally we have appointed social care staff to work with GP’s to support people most likely to need hospital treatment through our multi-agency teams, encouraging people who need support to participate in their communities and to keep themselves as fit and independent as possible. This is vastly preferable to needing a hospital bed and, for example, regular exercise is proven to ward off dementia and a range of other long-term conditions.

Business in Bucks
The county now has 30,310 registered businesses and a healthy £14 billion economy. HM Treasury retains a net tax contribution of £4,500 per Bucks resident that gets used to fund national and local priorities.

Apprenticeships are also well promoted with 96% of employers saying they bring benefits to their business: 3,000 are currently employed in the county. The Chesham Project, as it is known, has worked hard with the Jobcentre to bring suitable jobs into the area and fortunately the number of young people not in education, employment, or training (NEETS) is low by comparison with other places.

Soon the next tranche of roads to be resurfaced will be announced and there is support to make the approaches to schools safer by lowering speed limits and making the entrances more visible.

Ofsted inspectors now say they are greatly encouraged by the progress the County Council has made following an “inadequate” inspection into children’s social care in 2014. An additional £10 million has been pumped into the service but one of the biggest problems is the recruitment of experienced social workers together with the number of children being referred to social care. Before the inspection the service was overwhelmed by the number of new cases, but we have now been able to strengthen and increase our workforce.

Please let me know if I can raise your concerns with officers at County Hall. My email address is pbirchley@buckscc.gov.uk.


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