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Councils have been told they are not allowed to set maximum budget levels when calculating the cost of people’s care by the sector’s ombudsman.
Council chiefs have criticised the Government’s response to a care home market report describing it as a ‘serious over-simplification’ of the care crisis.
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.
The majority of carers responding to a recent survey have noticed no difference since the introduction of the Care Act, according to a carers’ charity.
More than half of local authorities in England spent less on services for disabled people and carers last year, despite the Care Act being introduced.
Local authorities have been urged to review the way they support carers, after a new research found many are failing to implement legislation outlined in the Care Act 2014.