21 November 2015
The provisional ASHE data for 2015 has been published by the Office for national statistics (ONS). It shows that the average pay in Cornwall was £23 346 for the year ending April 2015. This is the data for pay given in Table 8.7a, that is, median average, annual, gross, fulltime, all employees, by Cornwall residence. The various ASHE data also gives the mean average pay, and median and mean for each constituency, for males and females, for part time workers, and for different years.
The tables are here here.
ASHE: Annual survey of hours and earnings
14 November 2015
Nous sommes tous les parisiens
5 November 2015
The other evening the House of Commons had a civilised and compelling half-an-hour discussion which honoured all the MPs who took part and who were there. It was initiated by Will Quince and Antoinette Sandbach, two Tory MPs who made deeply moving and vastly effective speeches from experience. The minister responded positively and well.
The discussion was about bereavement care in maternity units and the importance of dedicated facilities and understanding, empathising staff. You can read it in Hansard 2 November 2015 beginning at column 844. A few of the examples of “care” given are very distressing and troubling; they are thankfully matched by examples of genuinely caring and supportive staff.
I very much hope we shall see excellent dedicated bereavement care facilities in maternity units in every hospital.
2 November 2015
Today increases in the living wage have been announced. Outside London it rises to £8.25 an hour and in London £9.40 an hour.
Slowly the wage is spreading. 2000 businesses are now signed up to it. They include major national companies like Barclays Bank and Lidl and in Cornwall a growing number of local companies and organisations such as Cornwall Council, Volunteer Cornwall, and St Merryn Holiday Park.
However, a large proportion of workers in Cornwall, fulltime and part time, are paid less than the living wage. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) says that last year 31.6 percent of all workers in Cornwall were paid less than the then living wage.
Let us welcome the progress but push for more to get it.
Note that this is the real living wage not George Osborne’s “national living wage” which will be £7.20 an hour for those over twenty five.
28 October 2015
The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has published data that shows malnutrition, among other diseases we associate with Victorian times, has increased in the Devon, Cornwall, and Isles of Scilly NHS area. You can see the data in the excel file Topic of Interest-Victorian Diseases-Data here.
In the year August 2014-July 2015 the rate of malnutrition admission episodes in Devon, Cornwall, Isles of Scilly NHS team area was 2.4 per 100 000 population, the highest of the twenty five areas of England. This is nearly double the average rate for England of 1.3. There has been an increase of 34 percent over 2010/11 admissions for malnutrition in the Devon, Cornwall, and Isles of Scilly area.
The number of admissions in the area is very small but I think it is troubling that malnutrition is around and increasing in 2015. Look too at patients’ ages. Note too that the numbers are not of individuals but admissions as a patient may be admitted more than once in a year.
The Trussell Trust, which runs foodbanks, has said, “We often see parents who are going without food so that they can feed their children.” In Britain. In 2015. There is a growing food crisis for many in our country and the Tory government is floundering.
The published data does not show how many of the admissions were of people separately resident in each of the three counties in the team area.