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'Grave concerns' over phone switchover


UK mayors have expressed ‘grave concerns’ about the impact on vulnerable people of the planned phase out of the analogue phone system.

CCN: Two-thirds of council budgets spent on care


Council chiefs have called for an ‘honest discussion’ about services as new research reveals local authorities spend two-thirds of their budgets on care.

Deprivation of Liberty backlog 'may never be eradicated'


A report has called for councils to get more resources to tackle the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) backlog.

Stoke-on-Trent warns services may be ‘stripped to the bone’


Stoke-on-Trent City Council has warned its budget plans rest on a bid to secure an extra £42.2m in Government funding.

Fears over digital switchover costs


Councils face multi-million pound bills as a result of the digital switchover of the telephone system.

Regulator praises Bolton care service


An inspection of Bolton Council’s home support reablement service has found it is effective, caring, and well led.

Manchester leads list for local government in New Year honours


The chief executives of both Manchester City Council and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority have been recognised in the New Year Honours List.

Autistic adults without care entitlement face 'breakdown'


More than 11,000 autistic adults in England are not receiving the care they are legally entitled to, a group of autism charities has found.

New inspections require ‘significant’ work, pilot councils say


Councils have reported spending 'a huge amount of time and energy' preparing for and undergoing the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) new adult social care assessments.

Council directors call for ministers to ditch 'senseless' immigration crackdown


An influential group of experts – including council directors – has urged ministers to ditch ‘senseless’ plans to tighten visa requirements for social care and health workers.

Government behind on scaled-back care reforms


The Government is behind even on its revised plans to overhaul adult social care, a National Audit Office (NAO) report has found.

Meals on wheels ‘heading for UK-wide collapse’


The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) has called for meals on wheels to become a statutory responsibility for councils after it found provision of the services continued to fall.

£42m boost for social care innovation


The Government has announced £42.6m to fund innovative local approaches that improve the quality and accessibility of adult social care.

Hampshire County Council on ‘financial cliff edge’


Hampshire CC has warned that cuts to services and job losses are inevitable as the council is facing ‘one of the biggest budget shortfalls in its history’.

Cumberland working to reduce ‘escalating costs’


Cumberland Council says it is working hard to control ‘escalating costs’, but it is facing a potential overspend of £17.5m.

Mental health top reason for social care absences


New research has claimed mental health and stress is the most common reason for social care staff sickness and absence in more than 77% of councils.

Stoke-on-Trent Council at risk of bankruptcy


Stoke-on-Trent Council has warned that it is on the verge of bankruptcy and called for a ‘national overhaul’ of social care funding.

Auditor finds ‘significant weaknesses’ in Bristol's finances


‘Significant weaknesses’ in reducing overspends are threatening Bristol City Council’s financial sustainability, according to its external auditor.

Health backing for police withdrawal delay


Senior healthcare figures have backed councils’ demand to delay police withdrawal from non-urgent mental health callouts.

Growth in social care workforce but 150,000 vacancies remain


The number of filled posts in the social care workforce increased by 1% over the last year, but it is estimated there are still more than 150,000 vacancies.

Care England calls for ICS representation


A report by Care England into the progress of Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) has called for provider representatives to be on every partnership or board.

Hancock: Whitehall oversight of care was terrible


Whitehall oversight of adult social care before Covid-19 was ‘terrible’ and officials had no understanding of whether councils could cope, Matt Hancock admits.

Discharge delays overwhelming hospitals, NAO finds


Delays to patient discharges have played a key role in overwhelming hospitals, according to a report by the National Audit Office (NAO).

Why co-production is key to digitally inclusive services


Georgina Walton, Adult Social Care, Kent County Council discusses the local authority’s EMPOWERCARE project and its mission to overcome digital exclusion.

Councils 'not ready' for Met's mental health withdrawal


Councils are not ready for the consequences of the Metropolitan Police Services’ decision to withdraw from non-emergency mental health callouts, experts warn.

General election offers chance to 'raise awareness of social care'


The ‘looming general election’ offers an ideal chance to showcase and raise awareness of social care with the public, says the new president of ADASS.

Care leaders warn social care system ‘run out of road’


Body representing social services directors has published ‘roadmap’ for fixing care and says there is a consensus on what needs to be done but a lack of will.

Peers' warning over supported housing reforms


Ministers must avoid forcing high-quality supported housing providers from the market in their rush to tackle rogue landlords, peers have warned.

Legal threat forces Devon CC to halt care cuts


Devon County Council will halt its plans to cut adult day and respite services after the mental health charity Mencap threatened to take legal action.

EXCLUSIVE: ‘It’s time for a new Audit Commission’


An ex-senior mandarin has today called for a new Audit Commission as The MJ reveals the draft metrics the Government is considering for its new watchdog.

Hewitt Review calls for social care to be ‘national priority’


The former health secretary's report on Integrated Care Systems called for further funding and a workforce strategy for social care.

Care home residents struggle to access NHS dental care


The proportion of care home providers saying that people who use their services could 'never' access NHS dental care has increased fourfold, regulator finds.

No extra social care funding for struggling councils


A minister said councils would receive further support if they were found to be in need of improvement under new Care Quality Commission (CQC) assessments.

Bed blocking down by just 3% a month on from £250m plan


The Government’s £250m initiative to speed up hospital discharges reduced the number of bed blockers by less than 3% in its first month.

Lancashire County Council is set to pass its first £1bn budget


Members have been told that the current financial outlook was ‘generally positive thanks to careful management’.

Sector given role in NHS plan


Local government will join an ‘expert group’ with the community sector and care providers to ‘build adult social care capacity’ as part of a new NHS plan.

DLUHC: No more section 114 notices expected


Whitehall officials are not expecting councils to issue further section 114 notices in the coming weeks, crediting the sector’s ‘positive’ settlement.

Top awards for sector in King Charles III's Honours list


Local government figures from across the sector have been recognised in the first New Year's Honours list under King Charles III.

CQC delays new care inspections


The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced it is to delay the introduction of its new adult care assessments.

Nottingham bids to close £11m budget gap


Nottingham City Council has introduced spending controls as the authority attempts to rein in an overspend of more than £11m.

Adult care services 'invisible,' claim peers


The Adult Social Care Committee said society’s understanding of adult social care was ‘partial and often flawed’ and the sector needed ‘long-term funding’.

Counties issue ICS warning


Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) must not become yet another NHS reorganisation to work around, chairman of the County Councils’ Network (CCN) has warned.

Majority of directors warn needs of older and disabled people will not be met this winter


The majority of councils do not have the funding or staff to meet the care needs of older and disabled people this winter, a new survey has warned today.

Survey of care workers reveals 'staggering epidemic' of loneliness


Nearly half a million (485,000) vulnerable and elderly people only have social contact with their care worker, a new survey has found.

Charity warns of 'perfect storm' for carer breakdown


The health of unpaid carers and the people they support is deteriorating due to serious difficulties getting the NHS treatment they need, a new survey has revealed.

Care in crisis: CQC reveals stark issues ahead


The care system is in crisis and staff now live with the risk their patients will come to harm, the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) annual report has revealed.

Counties welcome care reform delay reports


County councils have reacted to reports the Government is to push back social care reforms by at least a year.

Abolition of social care levy survives Budget bonfire


The abolition of the health and care levy is now the only major part of the discredited mini-Budget to survive after new Chancellor Jeremy Hunt today junked most of the other tax cuts in a dramatic announcement.

Councils face ‘battle to balance budgets’


PM Liz Truss should use any emergency budget to address the inflation cost pressures facing council budgets and the social care crisis, council chiefs say.

Social care reform – amplifying the voices of experts by experience


Chelsea Lovall, expert by experience and Quality Consultant for Dimensions UK, discusses the priorities for reforming adult social care.

York reviews elderly care amid watchdog criticism


City of York Council has agreed to review its handling of an elderly care plan for a vulnerable couple after a rebuke from the sector’s ombudsman.

Government not even close to ‘rescuing’ social care


The Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee said billions of pounds ‘urgently’ needed to be injected into the system to meet both short-term and long-term needs.

Oxfordshire becomes latest trailblazer for social care reform


Oxfordshire County Council has become the sixth local authority to become a trailblazer for the government’s social care reform.

Filled posts in adult social care are down for the first time


The number of filled posts in adult social care is down for the first time on record, highlighting recruitment challenges, a new report has found.

Social care faces 'most challenging year'


Inflation and a labour market crisis are expected to add to long-term pressures caused by austerity and the COVID-19 pandemic, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services’ (ADASS) spring survey has found.

Care warning after elderly 'population boom'


A ‘population boom’ of over-65s is piling pressure on adult care services, county councils have warned.

Poor pay and terms and conditions making it hard to recruit PAs, survey shows


More than three-quarters of people who employ a personal assistant to help with their care needs are finding it harder to find and retain one, a new survey has found.

Minister delays self-funding care reforms


Residential care self-funders will not be able to ask their council to arrange care for them at the lower local authority rate until April 2025, minister Gillian Keegan has announced.

North-South self-funding split revealed


The South East has the highest proportion of self-funders in community care services and the North East the lowest, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Council chiefs warn of 'disastrous' financial crisis


More councils could be tipped into financial crisis while others face emergency cuts due to soaring inflation and living wage increases, the LGA warned today.

Local government austerity linked to poor health


Local authority cuts have been a significant driver of poor health outcomes at the local level, according to new research.

Only one third of carers ‘very satisfied’ with support


Only around one third of carers reported feeling very or extremely satisfied with support and services last year, a new survey has revealed.

Report highlights 'worrying' gap of 50,000 homes in housing-with-care


Scotland faces a supply gap of 50,000 homes in housing-with-care, and this shortfall will only get worse, a new report has warned.

Councils to receive over £15m to fund social care reforms


The Government has announced a multi-million-pound package aimed at helping local authorities prepare for adult social care charging reform in October 2023.

Counties in inflation funding call


County councils have called for extra Government funding to cope with huge increases caused by inflation.

Adult social care reforms could cost nearly £26bn


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


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


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


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


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


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

Warnings over unmet care needs


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


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


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


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

Restrictions on care home visitors to be removed


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


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

Half of councils forced to ration care, survey reveals


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


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


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

Experts urge immigration rules change for care workers


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

Social care White Paper ‘set up to fail’


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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'


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


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'


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


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


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


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


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


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


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’


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.

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