Adult social care

One in three councils fear funding for legal duties will 'run out’

02/07/2019

A third of councils fear they will run out of funding to provide statutory services, such as adult social care, by the end of this Parliament, survey reveals.

Council leaders welcome Panorama’s ‘powerful’ social care episode

30/05/2019

Local authority leaders have welcomed a recent ‘powerful and emotive’ episode of Panorama that shone some light on the adult social care crisis.

Council funding system ‘unsustainable’, financial experts warn

29/05/2019

Spending on local services has fallen over the last decade and the funding available to councils will become ‘inadequate’, according to financial experts.

Hancock pledges review of every patient in long term segregation or seclusion

21/05/2019

Health secretary Matt Hancock today ordered a review of the care that patients in long term segregation or seclusion receive.

Cuts creating ‘care deserts’ across England, charity says

15/05/2019

Years of underfunding has undermined the care market and created ‘care deserts’ in England, an elderly persons charity has warned.

Liverpool mayor calls for ‘fair funding formula’ for councils

29/10/2018

The mayor of Liverpool has called for a Royal Commission to ensure a ‘fair funding formula’ for local council services.

Healthcare groups call for ‘long-term investment’ in adult social care

17/10/2018

Council chiefs have backed up a call from 10 leading healthcare groups urging the Government to invest more in adult social care and public health services.

Stepping in to meet a need

31/10/2017

In the face of continued pressure on local authority finances, Anna Dixon looks at how the voluntary sector are stepping in to meet the needs of older adults with care needs.

'Troubled services' costing £10bn to keep going by Government

19/10/2017

The Government is spending billions keeping public services going but failing to deal with underlying problems, experts have warned.

Care cap would cost counties £330m a year, warns research

18/10/2017

The government’s proposed cap on social care costs would cost county councils £330m a year if introduced, new research has warned.

Councils facing fines of up to £280,000 for delayed transfers sanctions

11/10/2017

A new survey has revealed that 16 councils were fined for delayed transfers of care in 2016/17, a move branded as ‘frankly bizarre’ by the country’s most senior care director.

Future of adult social care is 'precarious’ warns report

10/10/2017

The majority of adult social care services have been rated as good, but regulators have warned the future quality of services are ‘precarious’.

Social care needs extra funding to be ‘strong and sustainable’, providers say

09/10/2017

The Government must fund the social care sector in order to place it on a ‘strong and sustainable’ footing, disability support providers say.

Care sector representatives call for ‘more engagement’ between STPs and providers

11/09/2017

There needs to be much more engagement between STPs and the independent and voluntary adult social care sector, say representatives from the care sector.

Council to test how Amazon Echo can support older people

29/08/2017

Hampshire County Council will become the first local authority to use new Amazon Echo technology to help older people live independently in their homes for longer.

Scottish care model not achieving ‘full potential’, auditors say

24/08/2017

A new care model in Scotland is not ‘achieving its full potential’ despite £70m of investment from Holyrood, auditors say.

Government should scrap 'undeliverable' discharge targets warn counties

22/08/2017

Councils have called for the Government to rethink a threat to strip them of promised cash if they fail to meet ‘undeliverable and arbitrary’ targets.

People should be at the centre of social care, health body says

22/08/2017

Councils should help people to be more involved with their own day-to-day care, health body says as it releases new guidance for public consultation.

More than 70,000 care home places needed by 2025, warns study

16/08/2017

An extra 71,000 care home places will be needed in England by 2025 in order to cope with an ageing population, new research has revealed.

Delayed transfers of care figures highlight funding pressures say directors

11/08/2017

Social services directors have renewed calls for a 'long term sustainable solution' to providing care for adults after the latest record figures on delayed hospital discharges.

The risk of litigation

28/07/2017

Richard Clayton QC and Lee Parkhill outline the legal implications facing councils due to the community care crisis

Critical insights on adult social care

24/07/2017

Councils need to put more trust in both the people and the communities they serve, says Younifi’s Tony Pilkington.

Half of older people suffer ‘unmet’ care needs, report finds

20/07/2017

Over half of older people with care needs have unmet - and often hidden - needs, shocking report reveals.

‘Unsustainable’ council fees threatens care system collapse

13/07/2017

The care system is ‘fragile’ due to ‘inadequate and unsustainable’ fees from local authorities, independent care providers say.

Care workers warn the dignity of residents is being compromised by cuts

19/06/2017

Severe staff shortages in residential care homes are denying elderly people the most basic levels of care, according to a survey of care workers.

Free taxi rides offered in London to help elderly cast their vote

08/06/2017

People 65 or receiving social care are being offered a free taxi ride to polling stations in London until 10pm tonight.

Guilt and resentment ‘clouding’ decisions over care provision, research finds

07/06/2017

Nearly half of adults who currently provide care for a family member say a main reason for doing so is guilt, research reveals.

What does local government want from the next Government?

05/06/2017

William Eichler explores what local government organisations hope to see from the next Government.

Councils' approach to deferred payments could put social care plans at risk

22/05/2017

The wide variation in the way councils use deferred payments for social care costs could put the Conservative’s new plans on ‘shaky foundations’, a former minister has warned.

Third of over 80s have ‘unmet’ care needs

17/05/2017

Almost a third of over 80s are receiving inadequate care and support, warns charity as they call on the major political parties to put social care at the heart of their election manifestos.

Dementia care bill could take 125 years to save for, charity warns

12/05/2017

The ‘astronomical’ costs of dementia care could take over one hundred years to save for, a mental health charity warns.

Social care funding crisis leaves 400,000 without care

08/05/2017

The ‘alarming’ funding gap in social care has resulted in at least 400,000 fewer people in England receiving the care they need, health study reveals.

London’s cabbies to deliver medicine ‘on-demand’ to elderly patients

27/04/2017

The capital’s trainee black cab drivers are to start delivering medicine ‘on-demand’ to elderly patients in an effort to cut down on avoidable hospital admissions.

Claims that precept will raise £1bn are disputed by local government sector

13/04/2017

Government figures claiming councils can raise £1bn through the social care precept are massively inflated from the sector’s calculations, it has emerged.

Councils call for full control on how to spend social care funding

23/03/2017

Councils should be given the freedom to decide how best to spend the £2bn social care funding, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said today.

Home care market on 'brink of collapse'

21/03/2017

The adult social care market is ‘broken’ with services now bought at prices that are unsustainable, a damning report has warned.

Care firms cancelling council contracts due to lack of money

20/03/2017

Care firms have ended contracts with 95 councils, warning they are unable to deliver services on the amount they are being paid, a new investigation has revealed.

Vulnerable people being 'failed' by deprivation of liberty law

13/03/2017

Thousands of vulnerable people are being detained in care without sufficient checks, a new report has warned today.

Budget 2017: Hammond accused of doing 'bare minimum' to fund social care

08/03/2017

Chancellor Philip Hammond has promised additional grant funding of £2bn over the next three years in an attempt to plug England’s social care budget gap.

MPs say chancellor should close social care funding gap up to 2020

06/03/2017

The Government has been urged to bring forward £1.5bn from the Better Care Fund to close the funding gap in social care by MPs.

Analysis of STPs shows funding gap of at least £2bn in 2017/18

03/03/2017

The £2bn funding shortfall for social care next year will put health reform plans at risk, according to health campaigners.

Number of adults with a learning disability needing social care will rise by 3% a year, warn councils

02/03/2017

Council leaders have warned the number of adults with a learning disability needing social care is set to rise by 3% a year, putting further pressures on local authority finances.

Councils hit out at lack of new money in final settlement

21/02/2017

Local government figures have expressed their disappointment at a lack of new council funding in the 2017/18 settlement.

Health service reforms ‘not credible’ without social care investment

21/02/2017

Local plans to reform health services to secure the future of the NHS are ‘not credible’ unless cuts in social care and public health budgets are reversed, think tank says.

Finding the money for social care

21/02/2017

While the government's answer to solving the social care crisis appears to be increasing council tax bills, will this money even make a dent in the expected overspend this year? William Eichler and Laura Sharman investigate.

Manchester announces first LGBT care scheme for elderly

17/02/2017

Manchester City Council has announced its ambition to create a community aimed at older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

Nearly 16,000 hours of care visits are not delivered every week finds research

17/02/2017

Nearly 16,000 hours of social care commissioned by councils were not delivered in one week last year, according to a new investigation.

Social care system at risk of collapse warns report

16/02/2017

One in eight older people are failing to get the care they need, showing the ‘imminent’ danger the social care system is in, a charity has warned today.

Crisis-hit social care system faces ‘total collapse’ post Brexit

09/02/2017

Britain’s crisis-hit social care system could face ‘total collapse’ without adequate post-Brexit plan, says union.

Care of the elderly should be a shared responsibility

07/02/2017

Tony Pilkington calls on councils to develop new models of care in order to empower local communities.

Survey shows at least a third of authorities planning 4.99% council tax increase

06/02/2017

One in three of the biggest councils in England are planning to increase council tax by the maximum level allowed without holding a referendum, a new survey has revealed.

Surrey's cabinet approves 15% council tax hike

01/02/2017

The proposal to increase council tax by 15% to fund adult social care has been unanimously backed by Surrey County Council’s cabinet.

‘Emergency’ £1bn needed to stabilise social care

01/02/2017

The Government should provide councils with an ‘emergency’ £1bn as a short-term solution to the social care crisis, directors of social services say.

Are robots the key to solving social care crisis?

31/01/2017

A new wave of culturally-aware robots could revolutionise care for elderly, under a new study launched by two universities.

Councils could face judicial review over Care Act

31/01/2017

Councils may be unable to fulfil their legal obligations under the Care Act due to a chronic underfunding of social care, town hall chiefs have warned.

Councils warn council tax increase will not help social care crisis

25/01/2017

The majority of councils (97%) said increasing council tax will make very little or no difference to the provision of social care in their area in a new survey.

Report calls for dementia-friendly care for people with a learning disability

24/01/2017

People with learning disabilities - who are five times more likely than the general population to develop dementia - do not always have access to appropriate health and social care services, a new report has warned today.

County ends contract with care provider following service concerns

21/12/2016

A number of social care services are to be brought back in-house by Buckinghamshire County Council after it ‘lost confidence’ in care provider.

County calls for national task force to ease social care crisis

19/12/2016

The Government has been urged to set up a task force to tackle the adult social care crisis by West Sussex County Council.

New adult social care funding ‘spin not substance’

15/12/2016

The Government’s funding increases for adult social care are ‘no-where near adequate’ and will not benefit the areas most in need, economists say.

Javid announces reforms to New Homes Bonus

15/12/2016

Money from the New Homes Bonus will be diverted to upper-tier councils to fund adult social care, the Government has announced.

Council tax bills to rise 6% to fund social care services

15/12/2016

Councils will be allowed to increase council tax by 6% over the next two years in order to fund social care services, communities secretary Sajid Javid confirmed today.

Councils reject 'misleading' claims they are to blame for social care crisis

13/12/2016

Town hall chiefs have rejected claims that under-performing councils are partly to blame for the social care crisis.

Council finance chiefs warn demand for social care is putting other services at risk

13/12/2016

Adult and children's social care are the areas hardest hit by pressure on council budgets, according to finance experts.

Ministers consider council tax rise to fund social care

12/12/2016

Councils could be allowed to increase council tax above the current threshold to fund social care services, it has been reported today.

Council urged to accept Ombudsman's decision on care contribution

01/12/2016

The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has urged a council to reconsider its refusal to fund a disabled man’s care.

‘How the hell are we going to pay for social care?’

28/11/2016

William Eichler talks to chief executive of the LGiU, Jonathan Carr-West, to find out more about what the Autumn Statement didn't say.

Council leaders unite over social care crisis

28/11/2016

The leaders of all four political groups at the Local Government Association (LGA) have called on the Government to take urgent action on social care.

Local government 'worried' about what wasn't in Autumn Statement

24/11/2016

The chancellor has been blasted for what he failed to mention in yesterday’s Autumn Statement, including funding for social care and devolution beyond the major cities.

Autumn Statement: Councillors 'furious' at failure to address social care funding crisis

23/11/2016

Local government has reacted with fury after the chancellor failed to address cross-sector calls to plug the soaring social care funding gap.

Privatisation is driving down care standards warns report

23/11/2016

The quality of care and terms and conditions for the workforce have declined as a result of increased privatisation, according to a new report.

Councils struggling to meet demand for older people's care

21/11/2016

Four out of five local authorities do not have enough care facilities to meet the needs of older people in their area, new research has warned today.

Third of homecare workers have no dementia training

17/11/2016

One in three homecare workers have no dementia training and are leaving people in soiled clothes, surviving without hot meals and even missing vital medication, according to a health charity.

£2.4bn in unallocated business rates could 'ease social care crisis'

16/11/2016

Councils should be given the £2.4bn in unallocated business rates to support social care services, a trade union has argued today.

Person-centred approach ‘pivotal’ for improving health outcomes

15/11/2016

Person and community-centred approaches are ‘pivotal’ to improving health and wellbeing outcomes during financially restrained times, new report finds.

Councillors should be ‘at the heart’ of designing STPs

14/11/2016

STPs are ‘important’ for redesigning local health and care services, but councillors need to be ‘at the heart’ of the planning process, council chiefs say.

Adult social care cuts leaving ‘trail of destruction’

11/11/2016

Cuts to social care budgets have left a ‘trail of destruction’ leaving older people vulnerable, says union.

Ombudsman reports ‘dramatic’ increase in home care complaints

10/11/2016

There has been a 25% rise in complaints about the home care received by some of the most vulnerable people in England over the past year, Ombudsman reports.

Social care system facing £1.9bn funding gap

08/11/2016

The publicly funded social care system faces a nearly £2bn funding gap next year - even if the majority of councils decide to levy the new precept on council tax.

Cuts ‘terminal’ for frontline social care services

08/11/2016

Care funding cuts in county areas could soon be ‘terminal’, warns the County Councils Network (CCN) ahead of the Autumn Statement.

Underfunding of adult social care increases pressure on A&E

03/11/2016

Whitehall ‘urgently’ needs to address the underfunding of adult social care to relieve pressure on A&E departments, MPs say.

£500m council overspend due to social care crisis

02/11/2016

A new survey has revealed projected council overspends of almost £500m due to the deepening crisis in adult social care.

Public back calls to increase adult social care funding to councils

02/11/2016

Two-thirds of people believe councils should receive a greater share of the total health budget to deliver adult social care services, according to a new survey.

NHS funded by reductions in councils’ health grants

31/10/2016

A ‘substantial’ portion of new NHS funding will come from reductions in the public health grant for local authorities, committee chair says.

Birmingham faces £712m health and social care ‘funding black hole’

28/10/2016

Birmingham health bosses have drawn up a plan to transform the city's health and social care system in a bid to avoid an estimated £712m funding black hole in the next five years.

Social care faces £2.6bn funding crisis

27/10/2016

Social care for the elderly and disabled could be facing a potential funding gap of at least £2.6bn by the end of the decade, council chiefs warn.

Councils consider expanding adult services trading company

19/10/2016

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead is considering becoming a shareholder of Wokingham’s adult services trading company.

Care budgets at 'breaking point' warns report

13/10/2016

The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) has today raised concerns that social care is approaching a ‘tipping point’.

Councils should refer care fee enquiries to financial advisors, says survey

03/10/2016

Most people think councils should refer enquiries about care for the elderly to independent financial advisers, according to a new survey.

Some councils still have 'flying care visits', show figures

03/10/2016

Councils have carried out more than a million 15-minute care visits since 2011, new figures have revealed.

Research claims councils could save £186m a year through 'quick-wins' in care services

29/09/2016

Councils could save at least £186m a year by transforming the way they deliver care services, according to new research published today.

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards reach record level

28/09/2016

Councils are dealing with record levels of applications for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), figures published today have revealed.

MPs blame ‘political maladministration' for unsafe hospital discharges

28/09/2016

‘Political maladministration’ has led to an unacceptable high level of unsafe discharges from hospital, MPs have warned today.

Social work in Scotland at ‘watershed’ moment

22/09/2016

Public service users must play a more active role in shaping the future of social work in Scotland, report says.

Burnham calls for care services to be handed to NHS

21/09/2016

The ‘only answer’ to the problems facing adult social care is to bring care services into the NHS, Greater Manchester’s mayoral hopeful Andy Burnham has argued.

Post hospital care reduces readmittance rates, study finds

21/09/2016

Post hospital support for older patients improves their quality of life and reduces readmittance rates, new research reveals.

District nursing ‘on the edge of crisis’, charity warns

01/09/2016

A shortage of district nurses is putting extra pressure on social care services, a charity has found.

Ageist approach to medical provision must be ‘jettisoned’, academics say

31/08/2016

The concept of ‘premature mortality’ needs to be either abandoned or redefined if it is not to discriminate against older people, a new report argues.

Councils urged to help people plan to budget for future care costs

23/08/2016

Three out of five people who have taken money out of their pension savings have not planned for how they will meet future care costs, a new survey has revealed.

Collaboration in healthcare technology

17/08/2016

How is the new Digital Healthcare Enterprise Zone (DHEZ) in Bradford helping totake new technologies to market and create new routes to funding?

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