Adult social care

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.

Spike in deaths led to fears of care homes crisis

14/04/2020

A huge spike in the number of UK deaths has led to fears the pandemic is rife in care homes.

Coronavirus cash allocations are 'out of date', says IFS

14/04/2020

Out of date spending assessments mean councils may not be getting their fair share of cash to deal with the coronavirus crisis, latest figures from the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) have revealed.

Care England hits out at 'insufficient' funding increase

09/04/2020

Care England has branded the 10% funding increase for care homes as ‘derisory’ and warned many providers could collapse.

Testing to be rolled out to care workers

09/04/2020

Coronavirus testing could soon be rolled out to care home workers, MPs have been told.

Care providers in law change call

01/04/2020

Care providers have pleaded with Prime Minister Boris Johnson to change the law to boost staff numbers in the sector during the COVID-19 outbreak.

£3bn bed blocking coronavirus cash injection

19/03/2020

Almost £3bn of the Government’s £5bn Covid-19 funding will go towards freeing up at least 15,000 English hospital beds by the end of next week, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced.

Social care ‘crisis’ inquiry launched

10/03/2020

A Parliamentary inquiry has been launched to find out what needs to be done to solve the ongoing social care funding and workforce crisis.

Councils report 'huge overspends' on social care

04/03/2020

More than eight out of ten councils overspent on children's social care last year, with nearly half (47%) spending more than their adult social care budget, new figures have shown.

Maintaining performance

27/02/2020

The 15 strongest performing councils in adult social care have been highlighted in IMPOWER’s latest productivity INDEX. Ralph Cook looks at the results.

Let’s tell a new story

23/01/2020

Graham Allen says a focus on social care being solely about getting people out of hospital only diverts attention from keeping as many people as possible away from unnecessary admission.

Jenrick hails 'biggest multi-billion pound spending increase in a decade'

20/12/2019

Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has confirmed what he describes as the ‘biggest multi-billion pound spending increase for councils in a decade’.

Major parties ‘fall short’ on social care funding commitments

04/12/2019

None of the three major parties have pledged enough in social care funding to fix the ongoing crisis in care provision, a health think tank has concluded.

Partnership working will deliver best outcomes in social care

29/11/2019

Hayden Knight believes that a collaborative approach between providers, local authorities and other agencies offers an opportunity to innovate the way we care for people with dementia.

At last 90,000 extra social workers needed to meet care reforms

28/11/2019

An extra 90,000 care workers will be needed to provide just two hours of basic care for older people with high needs, a report has warned today.

Nine in 10 care directors concerned at winter pressures

27/11/2019

More than 90% of adult care directors are concerned at their ability to cope with winter pressures or provider failure, a survey has found.

Shropshire Council warns of £6m overspend

20/11/2019

Shropshire Council has announced a spending freeze until the end of the year after warning that it faced a multi-million pound overspend.

Thousands of inpatients with learning disabilities and autism to receive care review

05/11/2019

Thousands of people with learning disabilities and autism that have detained in a mental health hospital will have their care reviewed over the next 12 months, the Government announced today.

Social alarms: time’s running out for local authorities to go digital

01/11/2019

Wendy Darling warns around 900,000 telecare users in the UK could be affected as telephone providers will stop installing landlines after 2020.

New academy to drive forward 'social prescription'

23/10/2019

Every patient with long-term health problems will be offered a 'social prescription' including arts, sport or leisure activities in a new Government initiative.

Councils helping fewer unpaid family carers

21/10/2019

Fewer unpaid family carers are receiving support from their local council, new figures have revealed.

Government launches care recruitment drive

16/10/2019

The Department of Health and Social Care is set to launch the second phase of its advertising campaign to help fill 122,000 vacancies in social care.

Queen's Speech 19: Brexit, health and devo at the heart of Government plans

14/10/2019

Brexit, the NHS and devolution are at the heart of the next round of Government legislation as outlined in the first Queen’s Speech today.

Call for dedicated social care appeals

10/10/2019

Fewer than one in five councils have a dedicated appeals process for social care, according to new research.

Calls for free social care across Wales

30/09/2019

Social care should be free at the point of need for everyone in Wales, a commission has argued today.

No-deal Brexit presents 'risk' to health and social care sectors

27/09/2019

There is a risk that care homes and the NHS will be unable to access vital medicines in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the public spending watchdog has warned today.

Social care for smokers costing councils £720m a year

26/09/2019

Smoking-related social care is costing local authorities £720m a year, new research has revealed.

Labour commit to providing elderly with free personal care

23/09/2019

The Labour Party has committed to the introduction of free personal care for all older people at an estimated cost of £6bn.

Social care sector faces 'disastrous' staffing black hole

10/09/2019

A care workers union has warned of a 'disastrous' staffing black hole in England’s social care sector as research shows there are tens of thousands of vacant posts.

Autistic adults left without support by cash-strapped councils

09/09/2019

An inquiry into the impact of the Autism Act a decade after its introduction has revealed that two out of three autistic adults are not getting the support they need.

London boroughs warn of £540m care crisis

21/08/2019

A report has warned that unless Whitehall addresses the national social care crisis London’s adult social care system faces a funding gap of £540m by 2025.

Dementia causes one in ten deaths, new figures show

07/08/2019

Dementia and Alzheimer's disease were the cause of more than a tenth of the registered deaths in England and Wales last year, according to new figures.

Report: 580,000 more social workers needed by 2035

05/08/2019

More than 500,000 social care jobs in England will need to be filled by 2035, a new report has predicted.

Johnson unveils £1.8bn NHS cash boost

05/08/2019

Council leaders have warned the £1.8bn cash injection into the NHS will only be effective if the adult social care funding crisis is also addressed.

New deal to transform the learning disability sector

29/07/2019

Gavin Bashar discusses how assistive technology can make a positive difference to people with learning disabilities.

Agencies ‘let down’ Down’s Syndrome woman with scabies

26/07/2019

A safeguarding report has concluded that local agencies in Hackney ‘could have worked better together’ after the death of a woman with Down's Syndrome.

Around 770,000 denied support during social care green paper delay

22/07/2019

Nearly 800,000 people have been denied state help during the social care green paper delay, an elderly persons charity has said.

Elderly people in rural communities have less social care provision, report warns

19/07/2019

The way adult social care is funded has led to deep inequalities in provision, the Salvation Army has warned.

Ministers confirm renewal of the Better Care Fund

19/07/2019

The Government has confirmed the Better Care Fund will be renewed for 2019/20 to ensure the continued integration of health and social care.

Whitehall urged to adopt ‘social model’ for dealing with mental health issues

17/07/2019

MPs and social workers have called on the Government to recognise the role of social factors when treating people with mental illnesses.

For local authorities, the social care crisis is about more than money

02/07/2019

David Cundy explains why reducing demand for social care means supporting people to age well.

Ombudsman reprimands council over support for vulnerable people

13/06/2019

Councils have been reminded of their obligations to supporting vulnerable people by the Ombudsman after Suffolk CC halted assessments for a deafblind couple’s care plans because of a dispute.

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