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Carer who attacked patient jailed

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A CARER who attacked a 92 year old patient has been jailed for six months today (Sept 15) even after a judge heard she would never work in such a position again.

The defendant was seen by fellow carers to punch the woman in her ribs and to tell her she hoped she would fall over and break her neck.

Her barrister said she had developed multiple sclerosis and would never be a carer again.

He said her victim had suffered from severe dementia and could be violent and aggressive.

The defendant, he said, had not been suited to such a demanding role and had acted out of frustration.

The jury had heard how the defendant had thumped the woman after she lashed out of her. On another occasion she had slapped her on her bottom and sworn at her.

Francis Jones, prosecuting, said her husband was now worried about how other carers might treat his wife when he was not with her.

Judge Geraint Walters said the woman had deserved to be treated with dignity never mind how testing that could be for her carers.

“Those who choose to be employed caring for others must ask themselves whether they are up to the job.”

He said the defendant had shown no remorse and continued to deny her offending and to blame others for the situation she was in.

But, he added, her behaviour had been seen, quite rightly, as being criminal.

He said he would be failing in his public duty if he did not mark the offending with a sentence of imprisonment which could not be suspended.

Judge Walters was scathing about the attitude of the management team at the former workplace of the defendant

He said: “The evidence of what you did came from a number of courageous young girls who themselves were carers and they engaged in whistleblowing.

“They are to be commended for their decency and honesty.

“I find it particularly disturbing that the evidence given by those girls was that they were fearful of speaking out because nothing would be done by the managers of that company.”

Judge Walters said the company had tried to deal with the matter internally ‘which on the evidence before me meant doing nothing.’

The offending came to light, he said, only because one of the carers had gone over the heads of management and directly to social services.

“Whistleblowing must be taken seriously and the authorities informed. This sort of thing should not be brushed under the carpet. It is simply not acceptable how these complaints were dealt with,” he added.

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Recognition given to long-standing members of Council committee

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AT AN Ethics and Standards Committee (virtual) meeting held on 17 September 2021,  Rif Winfield and Hywel Wyn Jones were given recognition for their 10 years’ of service to the Committee between 2011 and 2021. A small plaque was presented to both.

Hywel was Chair of the Committee for 3 years.

In their place, two new independent members Alan Davies and Caryl Davies have been appointed.

Eifion Evans, Chief Executive of Ceredigion County Council said, “Ceredigion County Council has benefitted from a decade of advice and considerations provided by Rif & Hywel. We welcome the new members of the committee and their input to the function of the Committee will be greatly appreciated.”

Standards Committees of local authorities exist to do all that is possible to promote and safeguard the standards that the public rightly expect from their elected representatives.

Ceredigion County Council Chairman, Councillor Paul Hinge, said, “Our thanks go to Rif and Hywel who have given their time to contribute to the Committee and we welcome the new members.”

The Committee is made up of five independent members, two county councillors and two town/community councillors. Meeting quarterly, reports for the Ethics and Standards Committee including dispensation applications can be found on the Council website: www.ceredigion.gov.uk.

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Exciting new developments on the horizon for Lampeter Wellbeing Centre

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Architects have been appointed to oversee the project and work will now begin on the proposed layout for the facility

At a Cabinet meeting held on 01 December 2020, it was agreed that Lampeter Leisure Centre would become the location of the Council’s first Wellbeing Centre in the County.

A significant amount of work and investment is to be made at the Leisure Centre which will improve the facility and the resources for years to come.

Over the coming months, as we see the plans and proposals for Wellbeing Centre develop, they will be shared with service users and the residents of Ceredigion.

Architects have been appointed to oversee the project and work will now begin on the proposed layout for the facility. The layout will be a reconfiguration of the existing facility in order to provide a Wellbeing Centre that can provide an enhanced range of Through Age Services, including Leisure Services to the residents of Lampeter and the mid of the county. 

Councillor Catherine Hughes, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member, said: “We are looking forward to the development of the new Wellbeing Centre at Lampeter. This will provide a range of services to residents within their local community.

This development comes at a welcome time, as Ceredigion Public Service Board is carrying out an Assessment of Local Wellbeing, in order to find out about the wellbeing of local people and communities, now and in the future.”

Lampeter Leisure Centre will be closed during the building works, but during this period alternative provision will be made available for all service users and clubs.

We look forward to being able to share these alternative plans with you over the coming weeks, as soon as these arrangements have been finalised.

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UK Government must improve HGV drivers’ working conditions – Ben Lake MP

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Many people in the HGV industry have expressed concern

FOLLOWING his contribution during PMQs on September 8 regarding the HGV driver crisis, Ben Lake MP has raised the issue again, with Minister Grant Shapps.

Ben Lake MP has said:

“Many constituents who work in the HGV industry have come forward to share their experiences with me about the HGV driver crisis. As well as expressing grave concern, they have also shared ideas and long-term solutions that would greatly improve the current situation. 

“It’s important that the UK Government listens and gives full consideration to these suggestions and I look forward to meeting with the Minister in the near future to discuss them further.”

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