Pilot key worker scheme for relatives of care home residents announcement – Alzheimer’s Society comment

Kate Lee, Chief Executive Officer at Alzheimer’s Society, said:

‘Care home visitor restrictions, while intending to prevent the spread of coronavirus, have sadly had cruel and tragic consequences.  We’ve heard daily about the grief and despair of families via our Dementia Connect support line. People’s loved ones with dementia have felt bewildered, abandoned and in many tragic cases, faded away from the lack of personalised care, understanding and love that only family members can bring.

That’s why we’re delighted that the Government has listened to Alzheimer’s Society and other dementia charities, and announced a pilot scheme granting family carers key worker status. But ‘soon’ isn’t enough for people losing their partners, mums, dads and grandparents – we need the ‘when’ and the ‘where’, plus plans for national rollout. Time is of the essence.

‘Keeping coronavirus out of care homes has to remain an absolute priority, so these key family

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Pilot key worker scheme for relatives of care home residents announcement: Alzheimer’s Society comments

Today (Tuesday 13 October), at the first session of the ‘Coronavirus: lessons learnt’ inquiry, Minister for Care Helen Whately announced a key worker pilot scheme for those with family members in care homes.

Kate Lee, Chief Executive Officer at Alzheimer’s Society, said:

“Care home visitor restrictions, while intending to prevent the spread of coronavirus, have sadly had cruel and tragic consequences.  We’ve heard daily about the grief and despair of families via our Dementia Connect support line.

“People’s loved ones with dementia have felt bewildered, abandoned and in many tragic cases, faded away from the lack of personalised care, understanding and love that only family members can bring. That’s why we’re delighted that the Government has listened to Alzheimer’s Society and other dementia charities, and announced a pilot scheme granting family carers key worker status. But ‘soon’ isn’t enough for people losing their partners, mums, dads and grandparents – we

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Man Gets 16 Months in Prison Over Stolen Valor Government Fraud Scheme

A 43-year-old California man named James Stiles has been sentenced to 16 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $167,234 in restitution for pretending to be a Marine wounded in battle just to obtain medical and housing benefits.

Stiles continued his “stolen valor” scheme, the phrase for when someone pretends to be a military veteran, for four years before he was caught.

Stiles was found guilty of seven counts of government fraud including $194,526 in medical visits and $3,771 in housing payments that he received from Veterans Affairs (VA) by claiming to have served in the military from 1995 to 2005. He told VA officials that he had served on a combat tour in March 2005 and won two Purple Heart medals for being injured in the line of duty, according to the Marine Corps Times.

He first applied for healthcare benefits in November 2012. Over the next

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Cineworld Chief Asks U.K. Prime Minister to Extend Furlough Scheme

Mooky Greidinger, CEO of the Cineworld multiplex group, has written to U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, asking him to reinstate the government furlough scheme, he revealed in a letter to employees on Wednesday.

The furlough scheme helped the company pay employees when cinemas were forced to close due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday, the group announced that U.K. and U.S. operations would be temporarily suspended from Friday. The furlough scheme ends in October and from November it will be replaced by a Jobs Support Scheme where employees are required to work at least a third of their former hours. However, with all Cineworld and Picturehouse cinemas shuttering, employees are still left in the dark about their financial future in the run up to Christmas.

“I am sorry to say that the new Government Scheme simply does not fit our business at this time and does not

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government scheme won’t save 5,500 jobs

Cineworld workers on zero-hours contracts in the UK could be left without pay beyond Thursday after the cinema chain’s chief executive said that the government’s job support scheme would not save 5,500 jobs.



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Mooky Greidinger, the Cineworld chief executive, whose family trust owns a fifth of the company shares, said the job support scheme “cannot work for us” because it did not help companies earning no income. The comments were contained in a memo sent to employees seen by the Guardian.

The job support scheme was a central plank in Rishi Sunak’s plan for the UK economy as the furlough scheme comes to an end. Under the scheme the government will support a maximum of only 22% of the salaries of workers on shortened hours – significantly less generous than the 80% offered at the start of the predecessor furlough scheme.

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Berrios son-in-law indicted in bribery scheme involving ex-state Rep. Luis Arroyo

The son-in-law of onetime Cook County Democratic boss Joseph Berrios has been indicted for his alleged role in a bribery scheme that brought down ex-state Rep. Luis Arroyo and exposed a shadowy lobbying effort to expand sweepstakes gaming machines.



a man wearing a suit and tie: Ex-Rep. Luis Arroyo, left, and his attorney Michael Gillespie, walk out of the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse after pleading not guilty in his arraignment on corruption charges, Feb. 4, 2020.


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Ex-Rep. Luis Arroyo, left, and his attorney Michael Gillespie, walk out of the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse after pleading not guilty in his arraignment on corruption charges, Feb. 4, 2020.

James Weiss, 41, was charged in a superseding indictment made public Friday with bribery, wire fraud, mail fraud, and lying to the FBI. Weiss is married to Berrios’ daughter, former state Rep. Toni Berrios.

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The indictment also added new wire and mail fraud charges against Arroyo, who was originally charged in October 2019 with one count of federal program bribery and had been on track to plead guilty.

According to the charges, Arroyo

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EXCLUSIVE-EU chair Germany proposes rule of law scheme for getting bloc’s cash – document

BRUSSELS, Sept 28 (Reuters) – European Union chair Germany has proposed a rule of law conditionality scheme for accessing the bloc’s funds, including the new 750 billion euro coronavirus economic recovery fund, according to a document seen by Reuters.

The proposal is a basis for negotiations between the 27 EU member states – which in July agreed to such a mechanism but left it watered down to avoid a veto from Poland or Hungary – and the European Parliament.

EU lawmakers want to beef up the mechanism, meaning that the German proposal – sticking closely to the July agreement reached at a leaders’ summit after four days of tortuous talks – is all but certain to cause an outcry.

According to the German document, punishments for rule of law breaches would include suspending EU funding and be decided by a majority vote of EU member states acting on a recommendation

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EU chair Germany proposes rule of law scheme for getting bloc’s cash

By Gabriela Baczynska

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Germany, current president of the European Union, has proposed a scheme that links access to European Union money, including the 750 billion euro recovery fund, to respecting the rule of law, a document seen by Reuters showed on Monday.

The proposal will underpin negotiations between the European Parliament and the 27 EU governments, which in July agreed to such a mechanism in principle but left out much detail to avoid a veto from Poland or Hungary, whose nationalist governments stand accused of flouting EU democratic norms.

Warsaw and Budapest are under EU investigations for undermining the independence of the judiciary, media and non-governmental organisations, and both could lose tens of billions of euros in funding if the rule of law mechanism is established.

In the recovery fund alone, excluding the linked long-term EU budget for 2021-27, Poland would be at risk of losing access

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Exclusive: EU Chair Germany Proposes Rule of Law Scheme for Getting Bloc’s Cash – Document | World News

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union chair Germany has proposed a rule of law conditionality scheme for accessing the bloc’s funds, including the new 750 billion euro coronavirus economic recovery fund, according to a document seen by Reuters.

The proposal is a basis for negotiations between the 27 EU member states – which in July agreed to such a mechanism but left it watered down to avoid a veto from Poland or Hungary – and the European Parliament.

EU lawmakers want to beef up the mechanism, meaning that the German proposal – sticking closely to the July agreement reached at a leaders’ summit after four days of tortuous talks – is all but certain to cause an outcry.

According to the German document, punishments for rule of law breaches would include suspending EU funding and be decided by a majority vote of EU member states acting on a recommendation by the

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