Adult social care

Adult social care reforms could cost nearly £26bn

25/05/2022

Adult social care reforms could cost a minimum of £10bn more than currently estimated and will require over 4,000 new social work staff, new study reveals.

Advisers call for minimum pay to ease care workforce crisis

27/04/2022

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has said the Government should foot the bill for a minimum rate of £10.50 per hour for care workers in England.

Adult social care workforce receives £500m boost

05/04/2022

People working in adult social care in England are set to benefit from a £500m boost that will go towards improving the recruitment and retention of staff.

Care homes could face 'widespread closures' under reforms, counties warn

18/03/2022

Care homes are at risk of closure as the Government has ‘seriously underestimated’ the cost of its social care reforms, county councils have warned today.

Review launched to assess shortfall in housing-with-care options

08/03/2022

A review to assess the level of unmet need for housing-with-care for older people in the UK has been launched.

Dorset Council to set up adult social care company

07/03/2022

Dorset Council has agreed to set up a new company to deliver adult social care services.

Warnings over unmet care needs

01/03/2022

Social care services could be put under further pressure due to unmet needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research.

'Underfunded' adult social care reforms put services at risk, warn councils

25/02/2022

The underfunding of social care reforms will put the quality and availability of services at risk, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Care cap will fail to help poorer pensioners, charity warns

10/02/2022

More than four out of five older people will not benefit from the Government's social care cap, a charity has warned.

Government set to scrap mandatory vaccines for care staff

01/02/2022

The Government is considering scrapping compulsory COVID vaccines for health and care workers in England.

Restrictions on care home visitors to be removed

27/01/2022

There will be no limit on visits to care homes and self-isolation periods will be cut from Monday, the Government has announced.

Cornwall declares critical care incident

19/01/2022

Cornwall Council has declared a critical incident in adult social care.

Half of councils forced to ration care, survey reveals

14/01/2022

Staff shortages have forced more than of councils in England to ration social care and support, a new survey has revealed.

Extra £60m to support adult social care services

04/01/2022

Local authorities will receive an extra £60m to support the adult social care response to COVID-19 this month, the Government recently announced.

Counties' concern at care funding

17/12/2021

County councils have expressed concern at the level of central funding to rebalance care markets.

Experts urge immigration rules change for care workers

16/12/2021

Restrictions should be relaxed for care workers ‘immediately’, according to experts appointed by the Government.

Social care White Paper ‘set up to fail’

01/12/2021

The local government sector has praised the ambition of the long-awaited adult social care reform White Paper, but warned it will not succeed without funding to meet current demand.

Councils set to trial digital technology to support social care

01/12/2021

Buckinghamshire Council and Suffolk County Council are going to take part in trials looking at how digital technology can be used to support adult social care.

Think tank warns of 'invisible crisis' in home care

01/12/2021

The social care sector in England has lost up to 50,000 workers in the past six months, new analysis has revealed.

Social care services are 'rapidly deteriorating' directors warn

29/11/2021

Social care services are failing to help hundreds of thousands of older and disabled people, a new survey has warned today.

Care staffing levels are ‘dangerously low' survey warns

24/11/2021

Nearly a third (31%) of care workers have warned staffing levels are ‘dangerously low’, according to a new survey.

LGA warning over soaring care costs

23/11/2021

Soaring adult and children’s care costs mean councils could ‘soon fail to support everyone they need to,’ town halls have warned.

Many of the poorest pensioners will face 'catastrophic' care costs

18/11/2021

Many of the poorest pensioners will pay the same for their care as richer people after the Government released more details of the new cap on home and care costs.

Housing with care and support needs an ‘overhaul’, commission says

15/11/2021

Councils are being urged to form partnerships with local providers to produce a single plan for improving housing for older people within a local place.

Care levy fails to help dementia sufferers now, MPs say

29/10/2021

The health and care levy will fail to help thousands of people living with dementia until at least 2023, MPs have warned today.

Budget 2021: Social care 'left out in cold'

27/10/2021

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak is facing accusations he has left social care ‘out in the cold’ following his Autumn Budget speech.

Rising dementia cases: What it means for local authorities and social care spending

27/10/2021

With research showing one in 10 dementia cases have been missed in the pandemic, John Ramsay calls on councils to help raise awareness of symptoms.

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.

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