Welfare – Kent Tribune http://kenttribune.com/ Fri, 11 Jun 2021 18:23:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.2 https://kenttribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/icon.png Welfare – Kent Tribune http://kenttribune.com/ 32 32 New animal welfare bill unveiled in parliament https://kenttribune.com/new-animal-welfare-bill-unveiled-in-parliament/ https://kenttribune.com/new-animal-welfare-bill-unveiled-in-parliament/#respond Fri, 11 Jun 2021 15:49:28 +0000 https://kenttribune.com/new-animal-welfare-bill-unveiled-in-parliament/
  • The government’s “animal welfare action plan” – including a proposal to ban exports of live animals for slaughter and worrying new livestock legislation – was presented to parliament this week.

    The plans fall under the new Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill which had its first reading on Tuesday, June 8. If the bill is successful, the UK will become the first European country to end the practice of exporting live animals for slaughter. The new legislation will also give new powers to the police to better protect livestock, including horses, against dangerous and uncontrollable dogs.

    Improving well-being during the transport of equines intended for slaughter is the founding issue of World Horse Welfare and the association welcomes the government’s plans.

    “Where equines need to be slaughtered, we believe this should happen as close to their point of origin as possible,” said Roly Owers, Managing Director of World Horse Welfare.

    “By their very nature, equines transported to slaughter may be more susceptible to health and welfare risks on long journeys. For this reason, the ban on slaughter movements outside of Britain is great news. ”

    But Mr Owers added that “in reality” nothing will change until a fully digital equine identification and horse movement traceability system is in place.

    “There has been no declaration of export of equines for slaughter from Britain for many years, but horses and ponies are exported for various reasons and there is no way to guarantee a horse declared to be exported for other purposes will not fit. directly for meat, ”he said.

    “Until there is full traceability inside and outside the UK, it is not possible to know where exported horses end up.”

    A spokesperson for the association added that many equines transported under the radar are also not declared as commercial movements.

    “This means that some carriers do not respect welfare during transport legislation, which only applies to commercial carriers, and equines are transported long distances in often cramped conditions,” said the spokesperson.

    “An efficient and reliable equine identification and traceability system is essential to help combat the gray area of ​​falsely identified as non-slaughter or non-commercial carriers slipping under the radar at border crossings. Appropriate controls and the resources available to undertake them are also necessary to enable the new legislation to apply.

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    “This reform is long overdue – for many years the most violent and horrific abuse and cruelty received maximum

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    The spokesperson said the charity also welcomes plans relating to worrying livestock of animals in England and Wales.

    “Attacks on horses by uncontrollable dogs are a worrying problem for owners and riders, and the new legislation will give additional powers to the police, allowing them to identify owners and their animals and to take action.” The legislation includes more than what is traditionally considered agricultural land, so it covers horses grazing in various situations, such as on allotments, or on roads and paths, which is a positive development for equines and their animals. riders when they are hacking, ”he said. mentionned.

    “The bill will now require further readings in parliament before being enacted. Further bills based on the government’s animal welfare action plan are expected in the coming months.

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    About $ 11,000 of that came from Felicity De Somerville, a 33-year-old mother and nursing teacher from Frankston in south-east Melbourne. In 2017, she realized that Centrelink had withdrawn what was then six months’ salary from her account without warning when she tried to pay for her one-year-old daughter’s antibiotics.

    “If they can do this to someone who can stand up for themselves, what are they going to do to the underdog?” Said Ms. De Sommerville, one of the main plaintiffs in the case.

    While Ms De Sommerville is not owed a debt repayment and is unsure whether she will share the $ 112 million in compensation from the settlement, she said Friday’s judgment was a victory as it would set the stage for the legal system to challenge future government failures.

    The ministers, including Energy Minister Angus Taylor, stressed on Friday that the government had failed to recognize its responsibility and said it was important for people not to cheat the welfare system.


    Judge Murphy had said that many of the stories of financial hardship, anxiety, distress, suicidal thoughts and suicide told by the victims of the scheme and their loved ones were heartbreaking. Others felt ashamed and hurt at being falsely labeled as welfare cheaters. “You couldn’t help but be touched by them,” Judge Murphy said.

    Labor government services spokesman Bill Shorten, who was instrumental in launching the class action lawsuit led by Gordon Legal, a Melbourne-based company, called for a royal commission to ensure accountability and allow the public to find out the truth about the beginning of robotic debt.

    “No senior official has lost their job, no minister has lost their job,” Shorten said outside the Federal Court building in Melbourne.

    “In January of this year, the entire Dutch government withdrew after thousands of families were wrongly accused of child protection fraud.”

    Peter Gordon (right) of Gordon Legal led the class action lawsuit against the government on behalf of welfare recipients who were illegally forced to repay money. Bill Shorten of the Labor Party led his party’s charge against her.Credit:Justin mcmanus

    Ministers such as Stuart Robert, Alan Tudge, Christian Porter and Anne Ruston have been part of the social and government service portfolios during the operation of the program. Prime Minister Scott Morison announced some of what turned into robotic debt when he was treasurer in 2016.

    About 202,000 people affected by robotic debt will receive nothing from the settlement. This includes people who had paid nothing for claimed debts or whose debts held up when calculated by more reliable methods.

    Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said the government should release legal advice it previously refused to disclose about the scheme. “This chapter is still open,” said Senator Siewert.

    Gordon Legal will earn $ 8.4 million for his work to date and was expected to receive an additional $ 4.2 million to finalize the settlement, but Judge Murphy withheld that figure, saying he wanted more evidence on the work to do.


    “For these perpetual critics of the… class action plan, this case is yet another example of the plan providing real and convenient access to justice,” said Justice Murphy.

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    inclusive, interdisciplinary research teacher named Dean of Social Welfare | https://kenttribune.com/inclusive-interdisciplinary-research-teacher-named-dean-of-social-welfare/ https://kenttribune.com/inclusive-interdisciplinary-research-teacher-named-dean-of-social-welfare/#respond Thu, 10 Jun 2021 13:23:07 +0000 https://kenttribune.com/inclusive-interdisciplinary-research-teacher-named-dean-of-social-welfare/

    Shari Miller joins Stony Brook on August 1

    STONY BROOK, NY, June 10, 2021 – Shari Miller, PhD, MSW, associate dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Georgia and clinical social worker specializing in interdisciplinary education, has been appointed new dean of the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University . His appointment, announced by Paul M. Goldbart, Executive Vice President, Academic and Provost Affairs, takes effect August 1, 2021.

    Dr Miller will strive to continue to prioritize the School’s efforts to build a more equitable society by embracing and promoting diversity and inclusion; working with faculty to expand the research portfolio, including collaborations with many departments at Stony Brook University and beyond on interdisciplinary projects that will have a significant impact on the needs of society.

    “Shari Miller is a very accomplished educator and researcher with a strong commitment to service, as evidenced by her many awards, scholarships, publications and contributions to the University of Georgia,” said Goldbart. “She is a leader in her field, embracing and demonstrating the impact of innovative and interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship. I am delighted to welcome him to Stony Brook.

    Shari Miller, PhD, MSW

    Dr. Miller is a dedicated and talented educator and has received numerous awards recognizing her classroom efforts at UGA, including four Bachelor of Social Work of the Year awards, the Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate and Teaching Innovation Award from the Council on Social Work Education and SAGE Publishers. She has supervised and advised numerous graduate students, sitting on a dozen thesis and thesis committees.

    His research focuses on educational innovation with implications for reflective practice in a sustainable global society. Dr. Miller has written over 100 peer-reviewed articles, conference presentations and other scientific papers in leading social work journals. She has been a Principal Investigator or Co-PI on various grants totaling $ 4.8 million funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration.

    “We are delighted that Dr. Miller is joining Stony Brook University and the Schools of Health Sciences,” said Research Committee Co-Chairs Stacy Jaffee Gropack, Dean of the School of Health Technology and Management, and Iris Granek , founding chair of the Renaissance School of Medicine Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine. “Her background in teaching, scholarship, service and administration supports her as an ideal candidate to build on the foundation established by Dr. Mondros during her tenure as Dean of the School of Social Welfare. Dr. Miller’s collaborative focus on interprofessional education, social justice and workforce development aligns well with many of the strategic initiatives currently proposed as we move Stony Brook University forward.

    Dr Miller received his PhD from the University of Maryland in Baltimore, his Masters in Social Work from Yeshiva University, and his BA in Sociology from SUNY Binghamton.


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    Social assistance: here’s how you can claim exceptional and urgent needs payments for one-time expenses https://kenttribune.com/social-assistance-heres-how-you-can-claim-exceptional-and-urgent-needs-payments-for-one-time-expenses/ https://kenttribune.com/social-assistance-heres-how-you-can-claim-exceptional-and-urgent-needs-payments-for-one-time-expenses/#respond Wed, 09 Jun 2021 19:45:06 +0000 https://kenttribune.com/social-assistance-heres-how-you-can-claim-exceptional-and-urgent-needs-payments-for-one-time-expenses/

    People living in Ireland may not be aware that a supplementary social allowance scheme exists to help eligible applicants meet exceptional expenses.

    Under this program are “exceptional needs payments” and “urgent needs payments”, with strict rules applying to both.

    Exceptional Needs Payments are awarded to people who have basic, one-time, and “exceptional” needs that they cannot meet with their weekly income.

    This one-time payment may be for bedding or kitchen utensils for a first-time settler, visiting relatives in hospital or prison, funeral expenses, or clothing in exceptional circumstances.

    In some cases, beneficiaries can get help with fuel bills such as heat and electricity, according to Citizens Information.

    The Department of Social Protection

    Whether or not a person was eligible was previously decided by HSE social protection officers, but it is now up to the Ministry of Social Protection to assess the merits of each case.

    The rules of the Exceptional Needs Payment Scheme state that an applicant must live in the state and must meet a means test.

    The Department will examine all sources of income, including capital and property, but excluding your home.

    The amount of payment made will depend on a means test and the type of assistance the applicant requires.

    People who are not normally entitled to payment are those who have access to alternative resources, including money, to meet expenses.

    If the person has a full-time job, which includes 30 or more hours per week, is in full-time education, or is involved in a trade dispute or on strike, they are unlikely to qualify.

    As for payments for urgent needs, they are only allocated in urgent cases.

    For example, in the event of a fire, flood, or other disaster, someone might get payment to help with the immediate cost of food and clothing.

    Depending on individual circumstances, if they are working or when an insurance claim has been settled, they may have to repay some or all of that amount at a later date.

    As with exceptional needs payments, the amount of payment a person receives will depend on the type of assistance they require.

    If the potential applicant is means tested for urgent needs payment, all capital and assets except their home are considered and valued.

    Unlike other social protection schemes, beneficiaries do not have to fulfill the condition of habitual residence in order to claim an emergency needs allowance.

    This means that they do not have to show a strong connection to Ireland or that they have lived or intend to live in Ireland for many years.

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    CHARLESTON – A split into two more niche offices is part of changes to the West Virginia Office for Children and Families within the Department of Health and Human Resources to improve the child welfare system of State.

    The Office for Children and Families split will begin in July, DHHR lawyer Cammie Chapman said Tuesday at the meeting of the Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Resources Accountability. BCF Commissioner Linda Watts also announced the split at the Joint Committee on Children and Families meeting.

    The new offices will be the Social Services Office and the Family Help and Support Office. Chapman said the ministry hopes the split will streamline systems and allow social service workers handling cases not to be distracted by other issues, such as support for foster families.

    DHHR is also continuing other efforts to improve the foster care system, Watts said, including introducing therapeutic foster care for people with behavioral issues and continuing the Kinship Navigator program. , which is supported by federal grants.

    The ministry is also reorganizing the kinship family certification process. The change stems from remarks from foster families in a 2019 survey conducted by DHHR in partnership with Marshall University and the West Virginia Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Parents Network.

    Related families, including a couple who testified before the children and families committee on Tuesday, said training for the certification was not suitable for loved ones. The new certification process will only take 90 days and will also include a $ 500 allowance to help offset costs.

    However, manpower issues within child protection services remain a concern. There is a 29% vacancy rate statewide and 90% of the districts have vacancies. Region 2, which includes Cabell and Kanawha counties, has 21 vacancies and the southern region has 29.

    Chapman said part of the high vacancy rate is due to DHHR adding 95 new positions since 2019, but they are also concerned about rising turnover rates. Chapman said the pandemic had negatively impacted sales as an already tough job became harder to do as “essential workers” without any of the love that other “essential workers” have. received – but even without the pandemic, the department fears rates will rise.

    Watts said they are also not receiving requests at the same rate as in the past, but she hopes that will change as the state emerges from the pandemic.

    The ministry hopes that the additional CPS senior staff position and additional training will help maintain the workforce by adequately supporting it.

    A study of the CPC workforce, including workloads and the time it takes to efficiently complete tasks, will also be carried out.

    The Health and Human Resources Accountability Committee also heard from Foster Family Ombudsman Pamela Woodman-Kaehler, who presented his first report. The report found that fear is pervasive throughout the system and communication at all levels is lacking.

    Chapman said the ministry appreciates the ombudsman’s work and said it looks forward to future reports to see any progress.

    Journalist Taylor Stuck can be reached at tstuck@hdmediallc.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook @TaylorStuckHD.

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    Holiday House ‘dog prom’ raises funds for animal welfare group https://kenttribune.com/holiday-house-dog-prom-raises-funds-for-animal-welfare-group/ https://kenttribune.com/holiday-house-dog-prom-raises-funds-for-animal-welfare-group/#respond Tue, 08 Jun 2021 09:04:05 +0000 https://kenttribune.com/holiday-house-dog-prom-raises-funds-for-animal-welfare-group/

    Animal Care PA will receive a donation of $ 3,000 from Holiday House Pet Resort & Training Center in Doylestown. The funds were raised during the annual “Dog Prom” held on May 14th.

    CAPA is a charitable foundation of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, and provides support for animals in need and the education of pet parents and veterinary students.

    The complex’s nursery has been transformed into a medieval castle surrounded by flowering spring gardens for a royal feast. Knights, princesses, and court jesters gathered around the May Pole for a portrait backdrop.

    Animal Care PA, ACPA, will receive a donation of $ 3,000 from Holiday House Pet Resort & Training Center, proceeds raised by the facility during the annual Dog Prom on May 14th.  Donations were made by clients of the dog day care program.

    Throughout the afternoon, canine guests participated in activities with drag sticks and hoops adorned with colorful ribbons. In the end, the dogs and pet parents received gourmet cookies and popcorn gifts created by Popcorn Clusters of Peddler’s Village.

    “Animal Care PA is grateful for the generosity of Holiday House Pet Resort & Training Center in choosing us as the Charity of Choice for their ‘Dog Prom’. Their benevolence comes at a very crucial time for our programs. Due to the pandemic, the need for our programs has skyrocketed, while at the same time donations have plummeted, ”said Jennifer A. Keeler, Executive Director of ACPA.