Minister Opens Three New Community Homes

first_imgTwenty-four individuals with disabilities will enjoy greater independence and will participate more in their community thanks to the opening of three new community homes in Stellarton, Pictou Co. today, June 30. Community-based homes provides the individual with the programming and support they need while also enhancing their ability to live, work and socialize as independently as possible. “I’m so happy to see so many smiling faces as the residents get ready to move into their new home,” said Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse. “These new homes will make life better for the residents and their families as they will know that their loved ones are receiving the support they need while living as independently as they can.” The three new community homes will each be home to eight individuals. The residents will live together but each one will have their own private bedroom. The homes have been named Evergreen Ridge, Brook Haven, and Sky View and are located on the Riverview Homes property. Residents are expected to move in this summer. “This is a great day for my family and especially my brother,” said Rita Marr, sister of a Riverview resident. “We are all so excited that he will have the opportunity to experience a more independent life while also sharing that experience with seven other people. He really can’t wait.” The three community homes are the first phase of a $22-million renovation project funded by the Department of Community Services. The next phase of the project is a total renovation of the main house. “These community homes represent a new beginning for Riverview, its residents, staff and board of directors,” said Mary Ellen Pittoello, chief executive officer of Riverview Homes. “We are excited to move the residents into their new homes and begin the next phase of our renovation.” Riverview Home Corp. provides residential support to about 100 individuals with intellectual, physical and cognitive disabilities as well as individuals with chronic mental illness.last_img read more

UN agency welcomes safe return of two missing staff in Ethiopia

“WFP confirms that the staff members have been brought to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, where they are receiving medical treatment and stress counseling and being reunited with their families,” the Rome-based agency said in a press statement.The two staff members went missing on 13 May after the convoy in which they travelling on a monitoring mission in Ethiopia’s Somali region was attacked by assailants.One member of the convoy, the driver Farhan Hamsa, was killed in the attack, and another staff member was injured.WFP said it had worked closely with national and regional authorities to ensure the safe return of the two staff members.“This incident underscores the need to ensure the safety and security of UN staff,” the statement stressed. 30 June 2011The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) confirmed today that two Ethiopian staff members who went missing after a deadly incident in mid-May have been safely recovered. read more

Historic tax rises on middle class families needed to save the NHS

“The implication is clear: in the medium term, if we want even to maintain health and social care provision at current levels, taxes will have to rise,” they wrote.The document states that relying solely on taxation to pay for a “modernised NHS” would increase the UK tax burden as a share of GDP to “historically high levels”.Funding these projected increases in health spending through the tax system would require taxes to rise by between 1.6 and 2.6 per cent of GDP – the equivalent of between £1,200 and £2,000 per household per year within 15 years.The report found that by 2033/34, there will be 4.4 million more people in the UK aged 65 and over. Mr Johnson added: “We are finally coming face to face with one of the biggest choices in a generation. The NHS will need an extra £2,000 a year from every household in order to function properly, experts have said.A joint report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and the Health Foundation found there was “no more room” to increase health spending by taking from other Government budgets and concludes that “taxes will have to rise”.The new analysis of what the NHS needs to cope with future demands predicts that UK spending on healthcare will have to rise by an average 3.3 per cent a year over the next 15 years just to maintain NHS provision at current levels.But in order to get the health service back on track from currently missed targets, to modernise and meet the needs of an ageing population, funding increases of 4 per cent a year would be required over the next 15 years.The tax rises would likely come through hiking VAT, income tax or national insurance,  Paul Johnson, director of the IFS and an author of the report, said.The middle classes are most likely to bear the brunt of the hikes, as taxing the wealthy, who are “very mobile” will not raise enough – the money would need to come from a “broad amount of people”, Mr Johnson told the Today programme on Radio 4 on Thursday. “We have to make a choice, ” he said. “We could choose not to do this through taxes, and have a different sort of health service.”But if we are going to have an NHS in  15 years, which does the things we are used to it doing, that is going to cost money.”We cannot bumble on as we have done before.”Public satisfaction with the NHS has steadily improved over the two decades as core measures of performance such as waiting times for referrals got lower, however these positive trends are now beginning to reverse, according to the report’s authors. “If we are to have a health and social care system which meets our needs and aspirations, we will have to pay a lot more for it over the next 15 years. This time we won’t be able to rely on cutting spending elsewhere.”A Department for Health and Social Care spokesman said: “The Prime Minister and Health and Social Care Secretary have committed to a long term plan with a sustainable multi-year settlement for the NHS to help it manage growing patient demand, which will be agreed with NHS leaders, clinicians, and health experts.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more