Burnham hails ‘model’ Fed as way for­ward for wel­fare

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

MANCH­ESTER MAY­ORAL can­di­date Andy Burnham has praised lo­cal com­mu­nal wel­fare char­ity The Fed as “a model of good prac­tice and a tem­plate for oth­ers to fol­low”.

Mr Burnham and fel­low Labour MP Ivan Lewis vis­ited The Fed’s Heath­lands Vil­lage this week, where they were shown around by se­nior staff and met ser­vice users.

He said he had “long called for ma­jor changes to the way we sup­port older people, for more in­de­pen­dent liv­ing and more per­son-cen­tred care”.

The Fed’s pro­vi­sion was “based on the sim­ple no­tion of in­clu­sive and ac­tive age­ing and al­low­ing older people to live at the heart of a vi­brant community. This is what we should want for ev­ery­one in­stead of the wide­spread iso­la­tion and lone­li­ness which comes from a a bro­ken care sys­tem based on 15-minute vis­its and poverty pay for staff.”

Mark Cun­ning­ham — who next month suc­ceeds Karen Phillips as The Fed’s CEO — said that with so­cial care a ma­jor news topic, the visit was “a great op­por­tu­nity for us to share our achieve­ments and dis­cuss the cur­rent is­sues af­fect­ing the community. “Andy seemed very im­pressed with our fa­cil­i­ties, as well as the breadth of ser­vices we pro­vide in the community.” Andy Burnham and Karen Philips chat to Heath­lands Vil­lage res­i­dents Celia Hes­sayon and Faye Var­ley

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