100 Years On – The World Commemorates the End of WW1

There is little I can say on the day which commemorates 100 years since Armistice Day, that hasn’t been stated more eloquently or comprehensively by others.

Television, newspapers and online media have given us moving and worthy tributes to those who died in World War 1 and other wars since, over the past few weeks, culminating in today’s remembrance services, parades and commemorations across this country, and further afield.

World War One was one of the deadliest conflicts in the history of the human race, in which over 16 million people died. The total number of both civilian and military casualties is estimated at around 37 million people –  almost 7 million civilians and 10 million military personnel. Staggering figures that are difficult to comprehend.

Armistice Day began first thing this morning in Maltby with the sound of a lone piper playing When The Battle’s O’er, a traditional tune played after battle, with 2,000 pipers playing in unison across the UK and other parts of the world.

Lone piper 11/11/2018

The display’s of poppies around the town and exhibitions of memorabilia at St Barts, Wesley Centre and Maltby Academy have taught us much about our history and people of all ages have felt the significance and closeness of the awful loss to Maltby and surrounding villages.

There will be a march to the war memorial on Blyth Road where wreaths will be laid and  silence observed in remembrance of those who lost their lives too soon. At least one horse and many dogs who will march as well, in remembrance of the thousands of animals who also played such an important role in the war. Later, a beacon will be lit along with many others across the country.

Of course, it  is naive to imagine that  because of our knowledge and understanding of wars past, that we could from this day, look forward to a future of peace and harmony in this country and around the world. But without that hope and commitment to this possibility, there is little chance of that happening.

Perhaps we can go forward with the conviction of persuading those who “lead” us to work for the betterment of society by example, and less for the “glory” of power and fame.  With this aim we have some chance of  achieving a future that we can be proud of, and so honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

 

Cenotaph Maltby

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
      — Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
      Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
      Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,—
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
      And bugles calling for them from sad shires.
What candles may be held to speed them all?
      Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.
      The pallor of girls’ brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.
                                                                 by Wilfred Owen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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They Work For You – Kevin Barron – Bulleying & Harassment- Historical Allegations

What an excellent point our MP makes on this issue.

 

Photo of Kevin BarronKevin Barron Chair, Committee on Standards, Chair,  Committee on Privileges

The report makes it clear that there is a small number of sitting MPs who are reported to engage in bullying and harassment on a regular basis. It is also clear that this is a long-running issue, so does the Leader of the House agree that we should scrap any limits on how far investigations can go back and get on with making this a workplace to be proud of?

 

mb: Historical allegations of  bad behaviour by MPs, of any kind, should surely be investigated thoroughly, regardless of the time scale since the alleged events.

 

Photo of Andrea LeadsomAndrea Leadsom Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons

“I am glad that the right hon. Gentleman raised that point. He will be aware that when the working group looked at the issue of historical allegations, we were really keen—unanimously—that the new procedure would be able to look at all historical allegations.”

 

mb: Well said, Ms Leadsom

” However, the internal legal advice that we took suggested to us that it would not be possible to create some kind of system that looked back and judged behaviour that happened a long time ago on the basis of something that had just been agreed. We checked that with external counsel, who indeed confirmed that the further back we go, the more problematic it is. ”

 

mb:  “external counsel” seem to be speaking the obvious here about  “the further back we go, the more problematic it is. ”  However, this doesn’t make it ok to ignore an issue because its “problematic”, does it ?

 

” I see that, in her report, Dame Laura challenges that advice. I am glad that the right hon. Gentleman raised that point, because it is something that I will be very pleased to add to the list of things for the review that will start in January.”

 

mb : Well said, Dame Laura. 

 Perhaps this review will highlight other  “historical allegations” which have not  been investigated due to them being “problematic”. 

 

Bullying and Harassment: Cox Report

 

 

 

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World Mental Health Day

A minister for suicide prevention has been appointed in England by the prime minister as the government hosts the first ever global mental health summit.

Theresa May said the appointment of Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price to the new role will help tackle the stigma surrounding suicide.

While suicide rates are falling, 4,500 people take their own lives every year.

The appointment comes as ministers and officials from more than 50 countries assemble in London for the summit.

Wednesday’s meeting – hosted by Health Secretary Matt Hancock and attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – coincides with World Mental Health Day.

The government has also promised more support in schools, bringing in new mental health support teams and offering help in measuring students’ health, including their mental wellbeing.

Ms May said: “We can end the stigma that has forced too many to suffer in silence and prevent the tragedy of suicide taking too many lives.”

Alongside the announcement, the prime minister pledged £1.8m to the Samaritans so the charity can continue providing its free helpline for the next four years.

Manchester University’s Prof Louis Appleby, one of the country’s leading experts on suicide, said having a minister for suicide prevention would “open doors” and make it easier to have conversations about the role such things as benefits and online gambling have in suicidal people’s lives.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the appointment would also help with getting support for mental illness on a par with services for physical health.

“There is a long road to travel to get there. This is not something you solve overnight,” he said.

Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of mental health charity Sane, said there had not been enough improvements to services since Mrs May pledged to tackle the issue two years ago.

“While we applaud the intention [of the announcement], it is striking that the UK should be hosting such a summit when we hear daily about people left untreated due to a lack of nurses and doctors,” she said.

“The prime minister must examine our own mental health system before addressing other countries.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45804225

 

Indeed.

By the Prime Ministers plans to decrease austerity measures, she has acknowledged that austerity has helped no one – financially, socially, physically and emotionally – except perhaps those so well off that they don’t notice the impact on the general public.

The shambles of the Benefits System of PIPS, ESA and Universal Credit and it’s negative effects on so many people’s lives must also be acknowledged here as a factor in suicides – but that is another blog post.

Twitter has this morning responded to Piers Morgan’s post on there suggesting that the term “Mental Health” should be changed to “Mental Strength” and that we teach children resilience in this so as to be able to cope with situations in adult life.  The view of those who disagree  with him is that if this was the case, by nature of the language used, anyone experiencing “poor” or “bad” mental “strength , would be “weak”.

I’m not sure where I stand on this one.

How about you ?

Where to go if you need help

If you, or someone you know, is struggling, there are a number of charities here to help.

 

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Waiting … and Waiting … for Pension Age

Thousands of women are preparing to march across London tomorrow, Wednesday 10th October 2018, in protest  over changes to the female state pension age.

Though I will not be there in person, I will  be there with them in spirit, myself being one of the women affected, born in the 1950’s (1957 to be precise)

The protest will see thousands of women march from Hyde Park to Parliament Square in a bid to ‘set the record straight for any doubters’ and create a ‘pressure point’ for government ( Waspi  – Women Against Sate Pension Increases)

Their anger has, until now, gone largely unheard, but the widespread impact is beginning to show. 

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The 1995 Pensions Act increased the state pension age for women from 60 to 65 in order to.supposedly, equalise the age with men, with the change to be phased in over ten years from 2010 for women born between 1950 and 1955.

 This transition was later sped up by the  2011 Pensions Act . These changes came as a shock to many women (me included) who hadn’t been made aware of them. Some women discovered they would have to wait up to six years longer for their state pension which  affected not only their retirement plans, but the years leading up to their retirement.

WASPI was formed in 2015 by five women to campaign for the government to provide transitional payments to women born in the 1950s receiving their pension after the age of 60. They also call for compensation to women who now receive a state pension but had to wait longer. 

WASPI’s online petition to parliament received over 100,000 signatures resulting in a parliamentary debate on the issue of the changes to the state pension age.

The group crowdfunded £100,000 to pay for legal action in order to challenge these changes. The money was used to take legal advice and on 8 March 2017, the group wrote to the Department for Work and Pensions threatening legal action if the government did not help lessen the impact on the affected women. This move coincided with International Women’s Day and a march in London that many WASPI members attended.

The organisation also has a number of groups across the country who campaign locally, including by asking their constituency MPs to sign the WASPI pledge. (Have you signed this Kevin ?)

The issue of the state pension age has now become more prominent leading to its discussion in a number of parliamentary debates. The issue played an important part in the 2017 general election with Jeremy Corbyn raising it in a session of Prime Minister’s Questions and the SNP pledging their support.  The Conservative Government however, rejected the calls and argued that they had to make the state pension more affordable for taxpayers.

It is clear to most of us that with increases in life expectancy there has to be some changes made to the way that pensions are paid but a “fair” way of this being done is elusive. As a “victim” of this scenario, I feel as if I will never reach the age when I am eligible for the State Pension.

Maybe as I near the age of 67 I will find myself at the back of the queue, like one of those nightmares where you are trying to catch something that is continually further away than you thought. Like Sysiphus, I might be pushing my metaphoric boulder up the hill, only for it to roll to the bottom and me to begin again. Perhaps it will be abolished in the near future and those of us fortunate to have family will have to rely on them for financial as well as emotional subsistence.

Good luck to the protesters tomorrow. I think you need and deserve all the support you can get.

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/oct/09/state-pension-age-rise-thousands-women-london-protest

https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-7405

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Working Win – Health Led Employment Trial

maltbyblogger had a heads up from a group working in conjunction with South Yorkshire Housing. Full details and links below for anyone who could use this support.

https://workingwin.com/

 

The Health Led Employment Trial

Do you have a health condition and would like support to find and stay in work? 

 

The Health-led Employment Trial is an experimental trial testing a new employment support service for people with a health condition. The trial aims to find out how good this new service is at helping people to find and stay in work, and is now live.

 

What is the service we are testing? 

  • One-to-one support to suit your needs and employment goals
  • Working with your health care team to help you manage any difficulties
  • Help finding a job if you are not in paid employment, and continued support once you have started
  • Help to continue working if you are struggling to manage your health condition at work
  • Benefits advice to find out if work could increase your income
  • Help talking to your employer about your needs at work
  • Meetings over the phone or in person at a location that is convenient for you

 

How does the trial work? 

The Health-led Employment Trial is a randomised control trial, meaning people who take part will be randomly placed into one of two research groups. One group will receive the new service and the other group will be provided with information about existing services in their area.
Who is the trial for?

  • People with a mental health and/or physical health condition
  • People who are out of work and want to work; or working and want support to continue working
  • People registered with a GP in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw
  • People aged 18+ at the time of referral

 

How do I take part?

The next step is to have an initial meeting with the Health-led Employment Trial team to discuss the trial in more detail and decide if you would like to take part.

To arrange an initial meeting you can either:

  • Speak to your GP or local health professional
  • Fill in the sign up form online here
  • Contact the Health-led Employment Trial team by email on workingwin@syha.co.uk or by phone on 0114 2900218.

To find out more information about the Health-led Employment Trial you can:

  • Speak to your GP or local health professional
  • Contact the Health-led Employment Trial team by email on workingwin@syha.co.uk or by phone on 0114 2900218.

 

If you are thinking of joining the Health-led Employment Trial and would like to know more, click on the information attached or speak to a member of the Team who will be happy to explain it to you.

 Working Win Participant Information Sheet (docx) [Download]

Working Win

 

 

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Cumwell Lane Development News

Thought readers might be interested in this, from Rothbiz.co.uk

It’s desperately close to our Kevin’s pad… or has he already sold up and got well out of the area ?

 

 

 

Plans have been outlined for a large distribution centre development alongside the M18 motorway in Rotherham – and it could help to create hundreds of new jobs.

Developers and landowners came forward during the creation of the borough’s new local plan with a number of sites including those currently in the Greenbelt such as 16 hectares identified at Cumwell Lane, Hellaby, near J1 of the M18.

With the local plan now adopted, an outline planning application has been submitted to Rotherham Council detailing what sort of industrial development the Hellaby site could accommodate.

Applicants, Stretton Denman Ltd, have developed a scheme for 722,000 sq ft of new employment floorspace on just under 15.7 hectares of land bounded by the M18, Cumwell Lane and Sandy Lane. The applicants add that the proximity to the M18 motorway reinforces the suitability of the proposed development of warehousing and distribution.

The plans also state that: “Based on the maximum capacity of the proposed development, the proposals have the potential to deliver 1,119 full time equivalent employment opportunities.”

http://www.rothbiz.co.uk

 

 

maltbyblogger is a little behind with “news” recently, due to many things.

Would welcome news/topics from anyone who has an interest in our area, for whatever reason, while I re-update.

Please use the form below for any news, info etc.

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http://www.rothbiz.co.uk/2018/08/news-5875-massive-m18-development-in.html

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Rt Hon Kev MP on Health and Social Care

Found this is my email today. Thought it worth posting as I didn’t think our MP bothered with Parliament any more. Happy to be wrong on that.

They Work For You 

What a pity our MP did not get involved with Social Care within his own community.

Queens Care Centre, Maltby – Owned and run by Dr Z Khan and Mrs R Khan – recently closed due to not providing adequate care for their residents. Many residents and their families have been put in a very disturbing and upsetting position having to find another suitable care home within weeks of notification.

Also of course, many staff losing their jobs with little or no notice.

(More on this if any reader requests it)

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