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As the UK emerges from the Covid-19 outbreak and embarks on a period of recovery, many are seizing the opportunity to embark on a new career. The number of adult social care jobs are predicted to increase by 36% (580,000 jobs) nationally to around 2.20 million jobs by 2035. Essex County Council are encouraging Essex residents to consider adult social care as a viable option. Local Issues raises awareness of the recruitment problem and the need to recruit local people within this sector and why.

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CONTENTS A career in Health and Social Care 9/10 Local Issues

Southend local Plan: Have Your Say Spotlight by Southend Council

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Petrol versus Electric? MP's Column by James Duddridge MP

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hen I started at Brights Locksmiths as a young lad at the age of 14, car keys were completely different and very simple. Back then the stealing of cars was not as prominent as it is today, but as usual times change and thieves found it easier to start the car by removing the wires from the back of the switch and touching them together, known as 'hotwiring'.

As there were no physical locks on the car, they introduced steering deadlocks complete with switch. This gave the car a great deal of extra protection with more complex types of keys. Although this helped stop thieves stealing cars, this didn’t stop the owners losing their keys or snapping their car key in two in the lock.

Your car without keys When customers came into the shop for house keys, we would always ask them if they had a spare car key? Almost half of the customers would say no but added that it was okay as they would never lose it! This we thought was down to the cost and therefore not worth the expense. I would suggest people think what their freedom is worth? Or how much money would you lose if you couldn’t use your car or van for work? Or how good is your car without its keys? I have always had an interest in cutting keys for cars in all situations 6

whether it’s a spare or total loss of keys. This is an area in the trade that a lot of other competitors steered clear of due to the many different types of keys and the complexity of doing this type of work.

A small electronic device Back in the late 90’s there was a big problem with joy riding. Some of the younger generation thought it was cool to steal a car and take them for a ride, then dump them somewhere or burn them out. Something had to be done, so the Government called the manufacturers in one by one and told them they had to find a solution to the problem and from May 1994 the first cars came off the production line with a small electronic device

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Technology has moved on called a Transponder which was embedded into the key. This was an ingenious device, which acted as an immobilizer. Now the key was not just mechanical it was electrical as well. The transponders had to be fitted as standard on all cars but not on motorcycles, these came later in 2010. Obviously, this created a challenging situation as we now could not provide keys to these types of cars! We could still cut the mechanical type of key but couldn't program the new type of key into the cars. These cars had to go back to the main dealer, and they had to change all the locks and then program them into the car. This could take up to 1-2 weeks for them to complete the works. Also, back then offering a courtesy car was quite rare.

We now have keyless keys (Proximity Keys) This technology is not the best in my opinion doing away with physical security and relying too much on electrical security. The Proximity Key is always sending out a signal looking for the car and the car is always looking for the key electronically, then if you boost the signal to travel further the car can be started and stolen unfortunately this is happening every day on a large scale. The way to prevent this is to stop your keys seeing your car electronically. You can buy small wallets that act as a Faraday cage which prevents the signal transmitting through the wallets.

stopped joy riding, this also hindered the thieves as they couldn’t steal the car easily, instead they broke into our houses to steal the keys to our car. If the resident was out, then they would take the spare and come back later. Just a quick reminder! ... make sure your house is secure! Where will security for cars go from here? The future may see the new Biometric Vein Technology, based on everybody’s individual vein patterns in their hands ... only time will tell.

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Brights new technology Brights has moved on since then and has invested thousands of pounds into the technology to be able to cut and provide these types of car keys. It’s never ending as new models come onto the market and the tech is forever changing. Earlier I discussed the new implementation of transponders into cars and how this October 2021

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LOCAL ISSUES

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l Working with the Institute of Public Care and care providers to understand their needs and challenges • l Close communication with care providers as well as groups and forums to share ideas and solutions

There’s such a rich variety of work involved that has a positive impact on a person’s life and you will soon discover that providing person-centred support can be extremely rewarding. C are workers are vital to Southend-onSea, to help people who need support to live healthier, happier lives. Over the last few years there has been an increasing need for more care workers to help people in Southend, in this rewarding and fulfilling career. This means many local care providers are wanting to hire more staff to meet the needs of the many people who require support. T he need for care workers has also been impacted by the pandemic. Southend-on-Sea Borough Council work very closely with care providers and their staff to support them through the challenges faced in the pandemic, with initiatives such as: October 2021

• l Offering training and free fitness sessions • l Suporting vaccinations for staff • l Working with Halo Southend, funded by the Department of Work and Pensions to support care providers in training and hiring staff.

Though there is always more to be done - there are many people that still need support as demand for Adult Social Care increases.

How to get started in a career in health and social care A s part of Halo Southend, the council works with leading healthcare providers around the Southend area to provide fully funded training to those looking for an exciting and fulfilling career – from working with those who have learning disabilities and providing essential mental health support,

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LOCAL ISSUES feel appreciated, and that feeling is priceless.” Amelia, a care assistant at Doris Jones Limited said: “I wanted a job that made me feel like I’m making a difference in someone’s life” whilst Martin, a support worker for Southend Care Limited, added: “My regret is that I never did it earlier.”

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T here are many roles available in healthcare. They offer long-term T he 4-6-week employment prospects, job security programmes are designed and opportunities for progression – in collaboration with including the potential to go on and employers. Helping complete an NHS-accredited degree. to give you the skills Cheryl Nevin, Southend-on-Sea they are looking for Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Rachel Holloway, and prepare you for a Community Support Officer Adult Social Care and Health Integration, career as a health care ENS Care & Support professional like no other. said: “Our recruitment drive is focused on the type of person we are looking for F or 42-year-old Rachel Holloway, she to help us deliver a quality care service. regards it as the best decision she ever made. She looks forward to every single "We need positive, kind and caring individuals to join our team of carers shift, saying that each day is different, and help us to make a difference to and that it really doesn’t feel like a job. people needing support in Southend. Rachel has worked as a Community “We can offer support and training to Support Officer with ‘ENS Care & those with no previous experience, but Support’ for the last 18 months. She supports those with learning difficulties, what we need most are people with a friendly nature and a positive attitude.” health issues, and the elderly - both in their own homes and in the community. “To know you are making a difference to people's lives, whilst also enriching my own, is the most rewarding thing. I’m proud of the work I do, and I

Still not sure a career in health and social care is right for you? Y ou may find A Question of Care’s website useful as it gives an insight to what a career in care involves and through videos and questions you can get a good idea of your suitability for working in health and social care. You can visit their website and interactive video challenge here: www.aquestionofcare.org.uk/

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have your say To comment on the consultation and for latest drop-in event dates please visit: https://localplan. southend.gov.uk/ Residents have until 5pm on Tuesday 26 October 2021 to comment. If you prefer not to attend an event in person, you can visit a virtual exhibition and view video content on the Local Plan at: https:// localplanexhibition. southend.gov.uk/

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The Refining the Plan Options document represents the second stage of consultation in the Southend New Local Plan following previous consultation in 2019. Comments and views made at this stage will help shape a Preferred Approach document which will be subject to further public consultation next year before the new Local Plan is finalised in 2023 for public consultation and then submitted to be examined by an independent inspector.

We must go through this process Cllr Ian Gilbert, leader of the council, said: “The new Local Plan will provide much greater certainty for communities, businesses and investors on where future development should go and the quality of development we will expect. Local Plans are a legal requirement and vital as they provide a framework for guiding decisions on individual planning applications. The Government has set out a Standard Methodology housing figure for

each Local Planning Authority area in the country. The Local Plan must seek to meet this and deliver the infrastructure, economic growth, jobs, new facilities, environmental protections, and clear and effective response to climate change that we will need alongside it” Cllr Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “As a local council we must go through this process now to plan how we meet future housing and other development needs for all those in our community, including all those that currently struggle to find a home.

More sustainabe development “It will enable the Council to better manage development in a way that creates more sustainable development in the future, particularly given the ways we will need to adapt to climate change, improve the way we plan for our health and wellbeing, and take advantage of opportunities for economic growth as we seek to continue our recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.”

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MP's COLUMN

Petrol versus Electric? J

ust under two years ago I switched allegiances. I parted with my trusted diesel motor and traded it in for a second-hand, fully electric Nisan Leaf. It was a daunting prospect at the time – where would I charge the car? How far could I drive? What happens if I run out of battery?

by James Duddridge MP www.jamesduddridge.com

I am sure these are questions that readers who have also considered switching will have asked themselves, and why some people may be put off from making the switch to electric vehicles. Official figures show that Southend is currently in the bottom 20% of local authorities for electric charging, with just 16 public charging points, only three of which are rapid charge.

Increase public access With the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles being phased out by 2030, we need to get on with “electrifying” our town, so that driving an electric vehicle is convenient for people, regardless of where they live or whether they 22

have access to a private driveway. I am therefore pleased that the Government has announced £1.3 billion for local authorities to build up their electric car charging infrastructure and increase public access in places like Southend.

Switch from diesel to electric This will accelerate the rollout of charging infrastructure, targeting support on rapid charge points, particularly on motorways and major roads to dash any anxiety around long journeys, as well as installing more on-street charge points near homes and workplaces to make charging as easy as refuelling a traditional petrol or diesel car. All in all, I am pleased I made the switch from diesel to electric. Those interested in owning an electric vehicle can find out more about the Government support available by visiting: www.gov.uk/plug-in-car-van-grants.

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To be fair, I think we all do If you want to fight hair loss, there’s more you can do than buy a German shampoo. Ironically, some of the things you do routinely may be contributing to your hair’s downfall. Literally. Not shampooing enough, or indeed, washing your hair too often. It is worth consulting your hairdresser, who will be familiar with your hair type and general condition, but consider washing it just twice a week, but rinsing and conditioning it daily.

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RECIPE

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Ingredients

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Meanwhile, mix together the soy, sweet chilli sauce and ginger in a large bowl. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Arrange the chicken on the preheated tray, reserving the sauce, and roast for 15 minutes.

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