Adult social care

Watchdog warns care services face a 'tsunami of unmet need'

22/10/2021

There could be a 'tsunami' of people not having the care they need unless action is taken to address staff shortages in social care, a watchdog has said today.

Local councils spent £21.2bn on adult social care in 20-21

21/10/2021

Local councils spent £21.2bn on adult social care in 20-21, according to statistics published today by NHS Digital.

Care managers report 'significant' service disruption due to staff shortages

20/10/2021

Staff shortages are forcing two-thirds of care homes to turn people away from their services, a new survey has warned.

Counties in council tax warning

07/10/2021

County leaders have warned council tax bills would have to rise by almost a quarter over three years to get close to eliminating their deficit.

Javid announces £388m to protect care sector over winter

01/10/2021

The Government has announced an extra £388.3m to help prevent infections and provide testing in the care sector.

Social care system is 'levelling down' analysis warns

30/09/2021

The quality of social care is worse in the most deprived areas undermining the Government's levelling up agenda, new analysis has revealed.

Ombudsman: Care system failing to deliver

28/09/2021

Funding problems rather than individual errors explain a ‘relentless rise’ in the proportion of social care complaints upheld by the local government ombudsman, the watchdog has said.

County council leaders warn social care reforms ‘fall short’

16/09/2021

Social care reforms will protect more individuals from large care costs but will not improve access to care and could make local care markets ‘unsustainable’, county council leaders say.

Union calls for 'new deal' for Shared Lives foster carers

14/09/2021

Councils have been urged to provide a 'pay rise' and respite care for Shared Lives foster carers who look after vulnerable adults in their homes.

‘No evidence’ integration improves healthcare

03/09/2021

New analysis of health and care integration pilots has questioned the benefits they bring about.

Government set to hike NI to pay for care and health

03/09/2021

Government is set to plough ahead with plans to raise national insurance to fund health and social, with an announcement expected next week.

'Levelling up home care' would save local authorities £1.1bn a year, says think tank

24/08/2021

Local authorities could save £1.1bn from their social care budgets if home care services were levelled up across England, new analysis has revealed.

Government launches £7m flexible apprenticeship scheme

03/08/2021

Anyone looking to get experience and training to work in adult social care will now be able benefit from new flexible apprenticeships, the Government says.

Inquiry launched into challenging adult social care decisions

20/07/2021

An inquiry has been launched to examine how people can challenge decisions made by local councils about adult social care.

Vaccinated social care staff no longer required to self-isolate

19/07/2021

Health leaders have been left divided by the Government’s announcement that fully vaccinated social care staff and NHS workers who have been told to self-isolate will be allowed to continue working.

Reserves used to meet ‘avalanche of need’

14/07/2021

A third of councils have resorted to using reserves to meet adult social care overspends, an extensive survey has found.

Call to ‘mainstream’ assistive technology in adult social care

14/07/2021

Assistive technology should be placed at the centre of adult social care to make it more targeted and preventative, a new report has argued today.

Javid vows to reform social care 'quite soon'

08/07/2021

New health secretary Sajid Javid has promised to bring forward plans for social care reform ‘quite soon’, but failed to commit to an exact timetable.

Adult social care given extra £250m for COVID-19 protections

28/06/2021

The Government is providing an extra £250m to help protect people in adult social care from COVID-19.

Two million requests for care have been rejected in past two years

18/06/2021

Two million requests for care have been turned down by local councils since the Prime Minister pledged to 'fix social care', new research has revealed today.

COVID vaccines to be mandatory for care home staff

17/06/2021

The Government has confirmed everyone working in a CQC-registered care homes in England will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Ministers appear 'complacent' over care home closures, MPs warn

16/06/2021

The Government ‘seems complacent’ about the risk of care homes collapsing in the wake of the pandemic, MPs have warned today.

Directors warn of unsustainable rise in social care demand

16/06/2021

Adult social care services are seeing a 'phenomenal' rise in requests for help from vulnerable and older people, a survey has warned today.

Working in partnership to get more people with disabilities and complex needs into employment

14/06/2021

Cllr Lorraine Dean explains how a pilot partnership project with housebuilder and contractor, Durkan, has created a blueprint for supporting more people with disabilities and complex needs into employment.

Health spending rises by record quarter

01/06/2021

Spending on taxpayer-funded health services rose by a record 25% to £220bn last year as the NHS battled with pandemic costs, according to latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

COVID crisis exposed council underfunding, says watchdog

19/05/2021

The COVID crisis exposed existing weaknesses in public services, including the underfunding of local government and the neglect of social care, the National Audit Office (NAO) has said.

Housing-with-care ‘safeguarded lives’ during pandemic

29/04/2021

A new study looking at how housing-with-care has coped over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic has found that retirement village and extra care housing operators successfully ‘safeguarded lives’ of residents and staff.

Letter urges '1948 moment' for adult social care

28/04/2021

The Prime Minister has been urged to give adult social care a '1948 moment' ahead of the Queen's Speech next month.

Falkirk first Scottish council to safeguard digital telecare

23/04/2021

Falkirk Council has become the first local authority in Scotland to launch an end-to-end digital telecare service.

PM told to 'urgently' reform sleep-in shift rules

20/04/2021

Unison has warned that a Supreme Court ruling that sleep-in carers should not be paid the minimum wage for the hours they are asleep could be seen by some as ‘an opportunity to cut costs including wages’.

Social care reform depends on market overhaul

15/04/2021

Social care reform will ‘fail’ without addressing weaknesses in the provider market, a think-tank has warned.

Short-term funding has held back care, says watchdog

25/03/2021

Short-term funding has held back investment in the unstable £16.5bn adult social care market despite a forecast 57% in demand from the over-65s by 2036 says a report from the National Audit Office (NAO).

Plymouth to set up council-owned care company

22/03/2021

Plymouth City Council is setting up its own care company after a number of providers warned they could not provide services at short notice.

MPs call for action to improve care options for older people

22/03/2021

A cross-party group of MPs and Peers have called on the Government to take urgent action to improve housing and care options for older people.

Hancock unveils £7bn funding boost for NHS and social care

19/03/2021

The Government has announced an extra £341m for infection control measures and rapid testing in adult social care services.

Care recipients report deteriorating health due to ‘lack of care’

15/03/2021

Carers have called on the PM to bring forward reforms aimed at fixing social care as a new survey reveals more than a quarter of care recipients said their health had deteriorated because of a lack of care.

MPs launch inquiry into adult social care funding

05/03/2021

An investigation into the long-term consequences of COVID-19 on adult social care will be conducted by MPs.

Budget 2021: Failure to fix 'broken' social care system

04/03/2021

The chancellor has faced criticism for failing to address the social care crisis in his Budget yesterday.

Care home visits to resume in March

22/02/2021

Care home residents in England and Wales will be allowed one regular visitor from 8 March under plans to ease lockdown restrictions.

Councils call for extra cash for expanded shielding list

17/02/2021

Councils have called for more access to data and extra cash to deal with sharp spike in the number of people shielding from coronavirus.

Leading Greenwich through crisis

28/01/2021

Cllr Danny Thorpe outlines how Greenwich RLBC changed its processes at pace to support residents throughout COVID-19 – at times branching out into the unknown.

Social care directors warn of 'exhausted' workforce

14/01/2021

Social care needs an immediate cash injection to support exhausted staff and ensure services don’t collapse, service directors have warned today.

Care services hit by staff shortages due to COVID-19

11/01/2021

Care providers across the country are finding individual services hit hard by staff absences caused by COVID-19, an association for social care providers has warned.

One in nine care workers not tested weekly

16/12/2020

A government pledge to test all care home staff every seven days is not being met, according to a survey published today.

Care home workers take vaccine priority over NHS

04/12/2020

Care home workers have been given top priority in the COVID-19 vaccination programme following a revision of Government guidance.

Multi-million funding boost to Disabled Facilities Grant

04/12/2020

Councils will be given an extra £68m to help thousands of disabled people make adaptations to their homes.

Hampshire CC criticised for failing to meet elderly man’s needs

26/11/2020

Hampshire County Council has been criticised by the local government Ombudsman after the local authority failed to meet an elderly man’s needs when his finances ran short.

PPE supply for care workers was 'inadequate'

24/11/2020

The social care sector was ‘left to fend for itself’ during the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an investigation into supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Social services directors report unprecedented demand for help

23/11/2020

Directors of adult social services have reported a sharp rise in demand in the wake of the pandemic, according to a new survey.

County to take early control over four care homes

17/11/2020

Northamptonshire County Council is taking over the management of four care homes nine years earlier than planned after it negotiated a change to a long-running PFI contract.

Sector calls for ‘meaningful’ guidance on care home visits

05/11/2020

The care sector has called on the Government to provide detailed guidance on how care homes can offer COVID-secure visits during lockdown.

How dementia care villages could support urban regeneration

05/11/2020

Can care providers and local authorities come together to revitalise run-down communities and create a more sustainable and caring future, ask Ian Holme and Simon Lewington.

Council chiefs welcome proposed £7bn social care investment

22/10/2020

Local government leaders have welcomed a call from MPs for a £7bn annual increase in social care funding as a first step towards fixing the ongoing care crisis.

Housing-with-care is 'critically low', report warns

22/10/2020

The UK has an ‘acute’ lack of housing-with-care for older people, a report has warned.

More than 110,000 job vacancies in social care, report finds

21/10/2020

Analysis shows that 7.3% of adult social care roles in England were vacant in 2019/20, equivalent to 112,000 vacancies at any one time.

Unpaid carers 'desperately worried' about further lockdowns, survey reveals

20/10/2020

Unpaid carers are being pushed to 'breaking point' due to reduced services, a charity has warned today.

COVID 'magnifying' health and care inequalities

16/10/2020

The coronavirus pandemic has ‘exacerbated’ existing problems in social care and magnified health inequalities, a report has warned today.

Sector calls for new task force on housing with care

15/10/2020

The retirement community sector has united to urge the Government to set up a task force on housing with care in order to ‘level up’ for older people.

Starmer vows to tackle the 'decade of drift' on sorting social care

22/09/2020

Government failure to protect care homes during the pandemic is a ‘national scandal’, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer told his party’s virtual conference today.

ADASS issues stark warning as White Paper faces further delays

17/09/2020

The social care system risks complete breakdown experts have warned as it emerged that the long-awaited White Paper has been delayed again until next year.

Ombudsman calls for 'level playing field'

15/09/2020

‘Weak’ social care providers are avoiding public accountability, the local government ombudsman has said.

Government commits extra investment to house prison leavers

08/09/2020

The Government has pledged that an extra 1,700 prison leavers will receive closer supervision under plans to extend the number of places in approved premises.

Social care spending is £600m lower than in 2010, finds TUC

07/09/2020

Adult social care spending in England is £600m lower per year compared to a decade ago, new research has found.

Think tank proposes pension-style social care system

01/09/2020

A pension-style model is the most effective way of fixing the social care crisis, a new report from a think tank has argued.

Fifth of care homes took on Covid patients, survey reveals

24/08/2020

One in five care homes had to accept patients discharged from hospital who had tested positive for COVID-19 during the early part of the pandemic, a survey has found.

Employers call for more support to keep unpaid carers in work

11/08/2020

Two-thirds of employers have warned that a lack of support for unpaid carers is impacting their workforce, according to new research.

Researchers warn about 'lost decade' in adult social care

10/08/2020

Adult social care has reached breaking point after policymakers failed to act on alarms raised back in 2010, researchers have warned today.

Adult social care in Wales gets extra funding boost

03/08/2020

Adult social care providers in Wales will receive an extra £22.7m in funding to help cover the cost of the coronavirus crisis.

Adult specialist care 'robust' in face of pandemic

31/07/2020

Adult specialist care has ‘stood up well’ to the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, a report has found today.

Care technology can no longer be a managed leap of faith

30/07/2020

Robert Turnbull explains how Hampshire CC is using cobots to improve adult social care during the pandemic.

Government handling of social care during pandemic attacked

29/07/2020

MPs have delivered a blistering attack on the Government’s handling of social care during coronavirus.

Calls for a social care 'reset'

27/07/2020

Social care must not return to the way it was before the pandemic, a coalition of councils, charities and health and care organisations have warned.

Thousands of people 'wiped out' by care bills, charity warns

24/07/2020

Fourteen people a day are being wiped out financially by care bills, new research has revealed today.

New guidance to allow care homes to open to visitors

23/07/2020

Public health directors will start to assess care homes to see if they can re-open for visits from family and friends, under new government guidance.

Shared Lives in health

22/07/2020

Personalised care must be high on the agenda as we look to create a stronger, kinder and more connected society, writes Alex Fox OBE.

Funding to help discharge people with learning disabilities from hospital

16/07/2020

Councils have been awarded £62m to help accelerate the discharge of people with learning disabilities and/or autism from mental health hospitals.

OBR issues warning on soaring care and council costs

14/07/2020

Soaring costs for adult social care along with indebted local authorities struggling to balance their budgets post-virus are among the key risks to the Government's spending plans warns the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) today.

Immigration plans branded an 'embarrassing shambles'

14/07/2020

The Government’s latest plans for post-Brexit immigration rules have been branded an ‘embarrassing shambles’ after they failed to include care workers.

Care chiefs reject Boris' COVID claims

07/07/2020

Care chiefs have rejected claims by Boris Johnson that it was their lack of vigilance that led to a high number of coronavirus deaths in care homes.

Vulnerable people still struggling to get basic food, report warns

02/07/2020

More than a quarter of vulnerable people are still struggling to access basic goods and essential groceries, new research has found.

Give councils the tools to incentivise retirement communities, says report

30/06/2020

Retirement communities could play a major part in addressing the adult social care funding crisis and keep people out of hospital for longer, a new report has argued.

Hand health powers to elected mayors, says report

23/06/2020

Health powers should be handed to elected mayors as part of a ‘rejuvenated and fortified wave of devolution,’ a think-tank report has suggested.

Social care is running out of cash, experts warn

18/06/2020

Social care could run out of money to deal with the fallout of the coronavirus crisis by the end of the summer unless the Government steps in with more cash.

Combined authority 'spending reserves like it's going out of fashion'

17/06/2020

Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s chief executive has expressed doubts about whether his region would be able to cope with a second wave of coronavirus infections.

Older carers ‘forgotten’ by care system says charity

12/06/2020

Older carers have been ‘forgotten’ by authorities despite them bearing the brunt of the pandemic, a charity has warned today.

Care is 'not out of the woods' as winter comes, says ADASS

11/06/2020

Social care directors have warned they will need significantly more funding, more PPE and more influence on NHS England’s decision making, to help cope with COVID-19 as we head towards winter.

Launch of coronavirus social care taskforce

09/06/2020

The Government has announced a new social care taskforce to help the sector through the coronavirus crisis.

Adult care coronavirus costs to reach £6.6bn by autumn

05/06/2020

The majority of the extra financial pressure is being borne by local government, according to new research.

Directors warn of 'deep concerns' over care funding

01/06/2020

Adult social care directors have ‘deep concerns’ about the Infection Control Fund which is being rolled out to support care providers.

Councils locked out of plans to lift lockdown

31/05/2020

Plans to lift the lockdown for people who have been shielded were not revealed to local government before they were announced at the weekend.

LGA split over worker bonus

26/05/2020

A cross-party agreement that the Local Government Association (LGA) would lobby for a coronavirus payment to staff was ditched after senior councillors blocked the move, The MJ can reveal.

Councils call for single supply system for PPE

22/05/2020

Councils have called for a single system for the distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) to avoid local government employees being treated as ‘second class workers’.

Most councils take action to help providers with temporary cost pressures

19/05/2020

Nearly all (97%) of councils are taking action to address temporary cost pressures being experienced by social care providers, a new survey has revealed.

Pan-London partnership for PPE launched

19/05/2020

A new pan-London partnership has been established to provide personal protective equipment or care homes and other frontline services.

Councils face £10bn funding 'black hole'

14/05/2020

Councils could be forced to cut billions from social care services due to £10bn 'coronavirus black hole', Labour has warned today.

Local Resilience Forums running out of PPE supplies, charity warns

13/05/2020

A charity has warned Local Resilience Forums (LRFs) are still struggling to supply enough personal protective equipment to social care providers.

PPE supplies to 'run out within days'

24/04/2020

Dwindling supplies of vital life-saving personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline care workers will run out within days, the Local Government Association (LGA) warned today.

Unpaid carers face 'burnout' during Covid-19 crisis

24/04/2020

Unpaid carers have warned they are feeling 'overwhelmed' after providing even more care during the coronavirus crisis.

One in five healthcare workers could quit in wake of Covid-19, think tank warns

23/04/2020

Healthcare could face a staffing crisis after it was revealed on in five healthcare professionals are more likely to leave following the pandemic.

Care home coronavirus deaths quadruple

21/04/2020

The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show the number of coronavirus deaths in care homes quadrupled in the week ending 10 April.

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