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Deprivation of Liberty backlog 'may never be eradicated'

08/03/2024

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

Migration plans ‘spell total disaster’ for social care

05/12/2023

The Government has been accused of ‘playing roulette with essential services’ over its new plans to curb immigration.

Care service failed to meet cultural needs

28/11/2023

A woman suffered diet and skin problems because the nursing home her council placed her in failed to meet her cultural needs, a watchdog has found.

Councils need help to tackle care staff exploitation, union says

28/11/2023

The Government must drop plans to cap overseas care staff and act to stop the exploitation of those already working in the UK, the trade union Unison has said.

New pilot to monitor care home infections

31/10/2023

A national surveillance study initially set up in response to Covid-19 has received government funding for a pilot scheme to monitor infections in care homes.

Child abuse inquiry chair criticises Government response

23/10/2023

The chair of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has warned ministers’ response to her recommendations has been ‘weak’.

New travel concession for London care leavers

09/10/2023

Care leavers aged 18-25 will receive half-price bus and tram travel in London, mayor Sadiq Khan announced today.

‘Shockingly high’ justice system involvement among care-experienced children

21/09/2023

A third of care-experienced children born from 1996-99 received a youth justice caution or conviction – a finding described as a ‘terrible indictment of the failure of local authorities’.

Families sue over Covid care home deaths

25/08/2023

Thirty families are launching legal action against the Government over the deaths of their relatives from Covid-19 in care homes when the pandemic began.

100 care homes lying empty, according to Lib Dems

26/06/2023

An estimated 100 care homes are lying empty despite 40,000 people waiting for care, according to research by the Liberal Democrats.

Cleaner air for those that need it most

15/06/2023

Cllr Rowena Champion, Islington Council, discusses the local authority's new initiative to protect residents in care homes from pollution.

MPs back campaign to ban handcuffing children in care

05/06/2023

Several MPs are backing a campaign to scrap legislation that allows children in care to be handcuffed when they are transported between premises.

Care homes 'at risk of closure'

25/05/2023

Care homes in Scotland have warned they are at risk of closure as they rejected a 6% fee increase from councils.

Care home accused of ‘contemptuous’ behaviour

27/04/2023

Ombudsman has accused a Leicester care company boss of sending ‘intimidating, abusive and threatening emails’ to an elderly woman who complained.

Safeguarding overhaul called for after ‘horrific’ child abuse case

20/04/2023

Council leaders have called for more powers to hold partners to account after a review into the abuse of children with disabilities at Hesley Group of homes.

Staff propped up care system during pandemic, study finds

13/04/2023

Many care home staff worked overtime without extra pay to prop up the system during the pandemic, according to a new study.

‘Horrendous’ energy costs threaten third of care homes

24/03/2023

One third of care homes in England have considered closing over the past year because of ‘horrendous’ running costs.

Care home residents struggle to access NHS dental care

20/03/2023

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

BT trials smart tech to support care home residents

30/11/2022

BT is trialing smart technology to support care home residents in Scarborough in a move that will make independent living easier.

Care home deaths fall to pre-pandemic levels

23/11/2022

The number of deaths in care homes has fallen back to pre-pandemic levels, new figures have revealed.

Council apologises for care home top-fees

20/10/2022

Birmingham City Council has apologised ‘unreservedly’ for wrongly charging a family care home fees for more than 11 years.

Ombudsman cautions councils against multiple care home contracts

01/09/2022

Local authorities have been cautioned against allowing the care homes they work with to have subsidiary contracts with clients.

Victims of child abuse sent to care homes 350 miles away

30/08/2022

Local authorities in England and Wales are being forced to send some of the most vulnerable children to care homes in Scotland, new research has revealed.

Care services for homeless ‘sadly lacking’

25/08/2022

Homeless people with multiple and complex health conditions are missing out on the care they need because of a lack of specialist provision, charity says.

Care home residents first to receive COVID booster jab

19/08/2022

Care home residents and people who are housebound will be the first groups to receive the COVID booster jab, NHS England has confirmed.

Prescribing of harmful antipsychotics in care homes up 50%

05/08/2022

Prescribing of potentially harmful antipsychotics to dementia sufferers increased by more than 50% in a third of care homes during pandemic, research reveals.

Children in care placed far from home, Ofsted say

08/07/2022

Children in the care system are often placed in homes far away from their families because of a lack of suitable places near to where they live, Ofsted says.

Council closes four care homes due to ‘market conditions’

23/06/2022

Gloucestershire County Council has decided to close down four care homes due to the pressures of ‘wider market conditions’.

Care home owners paid 13 times more than carers

15/06/2022

The pay of executives at equity firms that own care homes is 13 times higher than the wages of the care home workers they employ, new research has revealed.

Government confirms it won’t appeal COVID care home ruling

05/05/2022

Government won't appeal a court decision which found the policy of discharging patients from hospitals to care homes at the start of the pandemic was unlawful.

Discharging patients into care homes was 'unlawful', High Court rules

27/04/2022

The High Court today ruled that the Government’s policy of discharging patients from hospital to care homes at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic was unlawful.

County council to close four care homes

24/03/2022

Gloucestershire CC is considering a proposal to close four care homes due to a combination of factors such as a lack of demand and staffing difficulties.

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.

London council first to publish new charter to protect care home staff

08/02/2022

Southwark Council has agreed a new charter that will improve the working terms and conditions for all residential care providers in the borough.

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.

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.

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.

Union warns mandatory vaccines will cause care home 'catastrophe'

06/09/2021

Mandatory COVID vaccines for care home workers will cause a staffing crisis that will overwhelm the sector, a trade union has warned.

Council agrees to refund care home top-up fees

19/08/2021

Dudley Council has agreed to refund care home top-up fees for families whose relatives were not offered an affordable placement.

Over 39,000 care home residents die with COVID-19

22/07/2021

Local authority leaders have called on the country to reflect on the ‘dedication and commitment’ of the social care workforce as data on deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes is published.

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.

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.

Government announces £50m boost for care leavers

24/05/2021

The Government today announced a £51m funding boost to help councils support care leavers and have launched a consultation on improving the quality of housing for those leaving care.

End blanket ban on care home visits, MPs say

05/05/2021

MPs have urged the Government to change the law to ensure an end to the blanket ban on care home visits.

Government scraps self-isolation rule to allow care home residents to visit polling stations

04/05/2021

Care home residents will be allowed to vote in person in this week's local elections without having to self-isolate afterwards for 14 days, due to changes in Government guidance.

Vaccine may be made compulsory for care home staff

14/04/2021

Staff in English care homes with older adults may be required to have a COVID-19 vaccine in a bid to tackle hesitancy within the sector.

Care home residents 'barred' from voting booth says care group

14/04/2021

A care group has branded it a 'national scandal' that care home residents will be unable to vote in person in the local elections without self-isolating for 14 days afterwards.

COVID care home infections fall 62% after single vaccine dose

29/03/2021

A single dose of either the Oxford-AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccines gives residents of care homes protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection after four weeks.

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.

Welsh council takes over care home amid COVID-19 outbreak

06/01/2021

A county council in Wales has taken over the management of a private care home that has been severely affected by COVID-19.

Hancock announces £149m grant to fund COVID-19 testing in care homes

24/12/2020

Care homes across the country are to be given access to a £149m grant to support the roll out of rapid coronavirus testing.

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 study to test immune response to COVID-19 ‘tripled in size’

19/11/2020

The Government has announced that it is expanding the Vivaldi study to test thousands more care home staff and residents for immune response to coronavirus.

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.

COVID-19 testing pilot for care homes launched

16/11/2020

The Government has announced a new pilot that will see friends and family members of some care home residents in Hampshire, Cornwall and Devon offered regular COVID-19 tests.

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.

Council apologises over failings at Morleigh Group care homes

03/11/2020

Cornwall Council has apologised after a report highlighted failures at the former Morleigh Group care home provider.

Government ‘effectively abandoned’ care home residents to COVID-19, Amnesty says

05/10/2020

Care home residents in England were ‘effectively abandoned’ by the Government in the early stages of the pandemic, human rights organisation says.

Care providers to receive nearly £550m to reduce Covid transmissions

17/09/2020

Care providers in England will benefit from over half a billion pounds of extra funding to reduce Covid-19 transmissions, the Government has confirmed.

Care home providers warned of Covid-19 rise

14/09/2020

Department of Health & Social Care has written to care home providers in England warning them of the risk of a rise in coronavirus cases in the care sector.

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.

Yorkshire councils make case for more localised COVID-19 interventions

11/08/2020

Seven councils in Yorkshire that have appeared on the national COVID-19 watchlist in recent weeks have pledged to work together in a bid to secure extra funding.

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.

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.

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.

Care home deaths drop but council chiefs still ‘seriously’ concerned

17/06/2020

Council chiefs welcome decrease in the number of Covid-related care home deaths but warn that it is ‘seriously concerning’ that the death rate remains so high.

Care homes were an ‘afterthought’ during pandemic, watchdog warns

12/06/2020

A new report has warned that around 25,000 people were discharged from hospital into a care home without being tested for coronavirus at the height of the pandemic.

Care home residents facing 'coronavirus bill'

08/06/2020

Some care home residents have been forced to pay a 'coronavirus bill’ of up to £100 a week by their provider, a charity has warned.

Care home on the brink of collapse

18/05/2020

Care homes in the North East have issued a legal warning to North Tyneside council, claiming they could collapse within days without further funding.

Covid-19 care homes deaths 51% higher than estimated

15/05/2020

The number of care home residents who have died from coronavirus is more than 50% higher than previously estimated, figures today have revealed.

Johnson announces £600m for infection control in care homes

14/05/2020

Councils have welcomed the £600m extra funding for infection control within care homes.

Government unveils improved daily report on Covid-19 deaths

29/04/2020

From today, the new daily count for deaths caused by Covid-19 will include those occurring in care homes for the first time.

Councils must urgently allocate funding to social care providers, report warns

28/04/2020

Funding given to local authorities to deal with the coronavirus crisis must urgently get through to independent adult social care services, a new report has warned.

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.

Data shows thousands dying in care homes from coronavirus

20/04/2020

The number of people dying from coronavirus in care homes has doubled in the past week, new data has revealed.

Coronavirus testing to be rolled out across social care sector

15/04/2020

The Government has pledged to offer testing for coronavirus to all social care staff and care home residents.

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.

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.

Care home bosses disqualified for diverting £500,000 of council money

31/03/2020

‘Reckless’ care home bosses have been disqualified for diverting council funds and abandoning elderly residents.

Ombudsman reminds councils of care home ‘top-up fees’ duties

12/02/2020

Councils are being reminded by the local government Ombudsman of their duties to administer ‘top-up fees’ for people contributing towards relatives’ care.

Research highlights under-funding of independent care homes

11/02/2020

Care homes operated by local authorities receive over 40% more in weekly fees than independent homes, despite no difference in standards or quality of care, research has shown.

Union calls for Sanctuary Care homes to be brought ‘back in-house’

14/01/2020

Unite is urging councils who have contracts with Sanctuary Care to bring them ‘in-house’ after a criminal investigation was launched into one of its homes.

Thirty councils accused of ‘short changing’ independent care homes

13/01/2020

A charity has found 30 councils are paying less than £500 a week for an older person in an independent residential care home, the equivalent of just £2.97 per hour.

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.

Nurse shortages ‘endangering’ care home patients

17/09/2019

A campaign has been launched calling on the Government to fix the nursing workforce crisis as hospitals and care homes warn patient safety is ‘endangered’.

Care home closed amid allegations of ‘child cruelty’

02/08/2019

A care home in the north Bristol area for children with special needs has been closed down amid allegations of child cruelty.

Nottinghamshire councils apologise for ‘decades’ of child abuse

01/08/2019

Nottinghamshire councils have apologised for letting survivors ‘down in worst possible way’ after an inquiry found hundreds of children were abused in care.

Over 40% of emergency hospital admissions ‘avoidable'

25/07/2019

Council chiefs have called for more resources to recruit care home staff after research shows four in 10 hospital admissions from care homes could be avoided.

Stop 'criminalisation' of children in care homes, council chiefs say

09/07/2019

More must be done to stop the 'criminalisation' of children in care homes, according to local government leaders.

Thousands of older people impacted by care home closures, survey reveals

27/06/2019

Survey of social care directors has revealed that thousands of older and disabled people have been impacted by care home closures after a decade of cuts.

Cuts impacting on oral health in care homes, council chiefs warn

24/06/2019

Care home residents are not supported to ‘maintain and improve’ their oral health, the national health and social care regulator has revealed.

‘Locked up’ children cost £300m to care for, commissioner says

16/05/2019

An estimated 1,500 children in England are locked up by the state for their own or others’ safety at a cost of a third of a billion pounds a year, new report reveals.

Four Seasons Health Care slides into administration

30/04/2019

Funding has been found to prop up more than 300 care homes as Four Seasons Health Care enters administration.

Digital portal showing care home vacancies launched

16/04/2019

Local authorities have partnered with the NHS to provide a new digital portal which shows how many vacancies there are in local care homes.

Council criticised for not carrying out ‘proper assessments’ in deprivation of liberty cases

01/04/2019

Council argues legislation dealing with when it is legitimate to deprive someone of liberty is not 'fit for purpose’ after being criticised by ombudsman.

Children’s home system ‘catastrophically failing children’, MPs warn

26/03/2019

MPs today launched a Parliamentary inquiry into the record number of children who are ‘farmed out’ to live in children’s homes miles away from family and friends.

Care home quality ‘worsens’ in a third of council areas

06/03/2019

The quality of care homes has worsened in more than a third of local authority areas over the last year, according to an elderly persons charity.

Fire safety failures revealed in care homes

05/02/2019

Serious fire safety failures have been found in nearly 100 care homes across London, the capital’s fire brigade have said.

One in five councils have not increased spending on care home fees

28/01/2019

One in five councils have not increased the fees they pay care homes in the past year despite costs rising by up to 5%, new research has shown.

Care homes spend less than £3 per resident on food

25/01/2019

Elderly care homes are spending an average of just £2.44 per resident on food, according to new research.

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