Follow up to Oxfam Judicial Review

 

For the attention of Caroline Dinenage, Minister of State for adult social care.

Re Oxfam judicial review

It is very sad that a judicial review has become necessary under such circumstances, but a judicial review concerning the conduct of major charitable organisations dealing with vast amounts of taxpayers and voluntary public donations is long overdue.

As Minister of State overseeing adult social care, the Department of Health and Social Care, Caroline Dinenage has been given an impossible task. She has a responsibility, on behalf of carers, and in the interests of her new role, to press for an extension to the current judicial review on Oxfam. This should include the criteria upon which ALL charities appoint paid CEOs, and to the extent to which major charities have been allowed to misuse their resources and influential power recklessly. As a consequence, adverse influence on policy direction has directly threatened all levels of people with learning disability, particularly the most profoundly disadvantaged.

Extended correspondence with successive Mencap CEOs led me to point out to Janine Tregelles, current CEO, on the 31st January 2017, “…..that Mencap’s executive team comes over as a team devoted to accumulating money and controlling large numbers of staff as the corporate side of the business continues to grow”. It would seem that, as Mencap HQ has grown richer, service support options for its membership and fellow sufferers within the community have got increasingly poorer. Janine did not agree, hence my continued pressure for open debate in the public domain. Something is seriously amiss if the taxpayer, and the public who are constantly pressurised for voluntary contributions, are footing the bill for expensive corporations who now seem so out of touch with their original purpose for existing. What better option to restore sanity to future rational and achievable policies, than a judicial review before care in the community is irretrievably lost?

I have recently had personal correspondence with Gareth James, formerly the Lead for Dementia and Disabilities, who, although very polite and amicable, regrettably clearly did not grasp the complexity of the task with which he was burdened. Can there be the hope that Caroline will have a wider perspective?

 

 

 

 

Author: charlesahenley

Following a varied career starting with 4 years as a city office worker, 4 years service in the RAF both as ground staff ad flying duties, 16 years working for IBM Time systems division as a service engineer, a short spell as a production line supervisor, before returning as service manager to another US business machines corporation who had taken over IBM Time systems division in the UK. The nature of this work brought into contact with day centre establishments for people with learning disabilities and in 1966 when radical and progressive policies were awakening I changed career direction. In the years that followed I worked for five different authorities at centres ranging in size from 24 to 190 attendees of all levels of ability and saw remarkably progressive policies being introduced in the first 20 years for the benefit of the attendees and their carers. Sadly, as a consequence of local authorities gaining full control of policy implementation from 1990 onwards, service support went into a spiral of decline that has made debacle of the rational principles of care in the community. There is now a vital need to take responsibility for service implementation away from local authorities and the NHS and grant it to a single service agency under the direction of its own Minister. Without an urgent change of direction, the current dire situation can only worsen.

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