social care

£2m loneliness fund launched

15/10/2019

The Government has launched a new £2m fund to help support grassroots organisations at the frontline of tackling loneliness.

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.

Council chiefs call for devolution process to be ‘reignited’

20/09/2019

The Government must 'reignite the devolution process' to give all parts of England more powers and funding, council leaders have demanded.

Over 300,000 people forced to sell homes to pay for care

19/09/2019

Over the last 20 years hundreds of thousands of older people have been forced to sell their home to cover the cost of social care, charity reveals.

Ombudsman upholds two thirds of care complaints

19/09/2019

But despite this complaints about care have fallen and in the vast majority of cases his recommendations are carried out, council leaders say.

Social care advice ‘varies’ across Wales, watchdog says

12/09/2019

Standards of advice and help with social care vary from one council to another in Wales, according to the official watchdog.

Funding to train nurses should be expanded to public health workers, council chiefs say

11/09/2019

Funding to train nurses should be expanded to cover public health workers including health visitors and school nurses, the Local Government Association says.

Spending Round 2019: Chancellor pledges £1.5bn 'down payment' for social care

04/09/2019

Councils will have access to £1.5bn of new funding for social care next year, the chancellor has announced.

Health charity warns of ‘systematic failure’ in adult social care

30/08/2019

The Government must spend an extra £7.5bn a year by 2023/24 to stabilise and reform adult social care in England, a new report has argued.

Social care services to be decommissioned unless funding confirmed

30/08/2019

County leaders have warned councils will soon start to decommission services unless social care funding is confirmed by Whitehall.

Council apologises for leaving family in ‘overcrowded conditions’ for 10 years

29/08/2019

Lancashire CC has apologised after a woman and her family were left living in what the LGO described as ‘significantly overcrowded conditions’ for 10 years.

Council services ‘declining’ due to £5bn funding gap, MPs say

21/08/2019

MPs have accused the Government of being ‘derelict in its duty’ by failing to set out a funding settlement that would ease the pressure on frontline services.

Government should ‘prioritise’ accessible house building, charity says

25/07/2019

Better advice and support is needed to help people move into a more suitable home in later life, according to housing experts.

Impact of Integrated Care Fund 'remains unclear'

18/07/2019

The impact of the Integrated Care Fund in Wales remains ‘unclear’ despite a £385m investment, the Auditor General has warned today.

Next PM has ‘100 days’ to save local government

15/07/2019

A think tank has called on the next Prime Minister to announce a one year emergency local government finance settlement during their first 100 days in office.

Whitehall announces £135m for health and social care system

11/07/2019

The Government has announced a multi-million pound investment to help tackle the biggest issues facing health and social care over the next five years.

Dementia sufferers spend £15bn while waiting for care reforms

09/07/2019

Long-term sustainable funding must be provided to help support people with dementia, local government leaders have demanded.

Over half of unpaid carers ‘unable’ to save for retirement

09/07/2019

Funding cuts are making it increasingly difficult to support unpaid carers, local government leaders have warned.

Councils demand social care green paper within ten weeks

04/07/2019

Council leaders have demanded the Government to publish the much-delayed social care green paper before Parliament goes into recess in September.

MPs call for £8bn to be invested into ‘struggling’ care system

04/07/2019

MPs have called on the Government to inject £8bn into the struggling social care system to restore it to pre-austerity levels.

Health and wellbeing boards make ‘real difference’, council chiefs say

03/07/2019

Boards set up to promote collaboration between health and social care professionals are achieving success, 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.

Carers increasingly ‘depressed’, survey reveals

25/06/2019

Carers are feeling stressed and depressed working in what is an increasingly over-stretched and underfunded care system, a new survey has revealed.

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.

Social workers warn of 'devastating' impact of cuts

19/06/2019

Social workers have claimed they cannot do their jobs properly because of years of funding cuts.

Wider funding issues put NHS plan in 'jeopardy'

18/06/2019

Delivering improved care for patients in the new NHS Long Term Plan will be 'extremely challenging' without urgent government action to increase funding, health experts have warned.

Union warns 130,000 people trapped in social care debt

12/06/2019

Nearly 100,000 people are facing debt collectors over unpaid social care charges, an investigation has revealed.

Over half of the disease burden in England ‘preventable’

04/06/2019

Local authority leaders have welcomed a report which urges the Government to increase investment into initiatives supporting public health.

England faces £4.4bn care funding gap

29/05/2019

There will be a social care funding gap of £4.4bn in England by 2023/24 unless there is a funding commitment from the Government, a health think tank says.

County council chiefs warn of ‘fragile nature’ of care system

29/05/2019

Councils will need to spend £6.1bn per year more in 2025 on adult social care services compared to what they were spending a decade ago, figures reveal.

Older people waiting too long for care, charity warns

28/05/2019

Four out of ten older people with critical or substantial needs are waiting more than six weeks for social care in Scotland, a charity has warned.

Free social care for the elderly could save NHS £4.5bn a year, think tank says

23/05/2019

The introduction of free social care for everyone over 65 would save the NHS in England £4.5bn a year and help improve care in the community, think tank says.

Over 14 million people live with more than one long-term condition, study shows

22/05/2019

Almost one in four people are living with long-term multiple health conditions, according to new research.

Green proposes reforms to fix the ‘unsustainable’ care system

29/04/2019

The cash-strapped care system should adopt the model of the state pension to help deal with its multi-billion pound funding hole, Damian Green MP argues.

DWP pursues 80,000 carers for overpaid allowances

26/04/2019

The Government is pursuing thousands of carers for repayment of overpaid care allowances despite not knowing the impact this will have, auditors say.

Charity calls for free personal care for elderly

27/03/2019

Campaigners have called on councillors to back a call for free personal care for the over-65s.

The future of social work: creating pathways through apprenticeships

25/03/2019

Joanna Rawles explains how the new Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship will help councils attract and retain social workers.

What does the future hold for care providers?

22/03/2019

John Woodward OBE explores the impact of the social care crisis on care providers big and small.

Around 15,000 patients with neurological conditions ‘let down’ by care system

18/03/2019

Councils are not routinely recording whether someone they are providing services for has a neurological condition, making these patients ‘invisible’.

Women ‘bear the brunt’ of social care crisis, charity warns

08/03/2019

Women are paying the highest price for the Government’s continued inaction on social care, an elderly persons charity has warned.

Austerity is gutting services ‘vital’ to women’s lives, report reveals

07/03/2019

Austerity has hit women the hardest with funding for women’s refuges, social care and youth and children’s services slashed, a new report has found.

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.

Council tax rises will not fix ‘chronically underfunded’ care system

06/03/2019

Increases in council tax will fail to fix the ‘chronically underfunded’ social care system, local authority leaders have warned.

Watchdog warns people regret not raising concerns about their care

19/02/2019

Nearly seven million people who have accessed health and social care services in the past five years have had concerns about their care but never raised them, according to new research.

Carers win right to appeal in £400m sleep-in shift battle

14/02/2019

The Supreme Court has granted carers the right to appeal in the ongoing sleep-in shift legal battle with a the mental health charity Mencap.

Whitehall launches social care recruitment drive

12/02/2019

The Government has launched a new national recruitment campaign to help fill the 110,000 vacancies in the adult social care sector.

Treatment cut despite ‘soaring’ alcohol-related A&E admissions

11/02/2019

Councils are reducing spending on alcohol and drug treatment services despite ‘soaring’ numbers of hospital admissions due to alcohol misuse, FOI data reveals.

Councils urged to bid for digital social care funding

31/01/2019

Local authorities which are developing social care projects using digital technology are to be given a £1m boost.

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.

Boost for use of digital technology in social care promises brighter future for users

08/01/2019

Councils across the country are already using digital technology in a variety of ways to improve and support services for elderly and vulnerable groups, and the Government wants to see an even wider take-up of the range of technology available. Paul Dinsdale reports.

Care chiefs raise concerns over poor data sharing with NHS

08/01/2019

Less than a quarter of local authority chief executives and social care directors regard their relationship with the NHS as good with data sharing being a particular problem, according to a survey by The MJ and BT.

What will 2019 bring for local government?

24/12/2018

Turbulent waters lie ahead in 2019, says Mark Whitehead, and councils will need to watch events carefully

2018 - the year things began to change

21/12/2018

Geed up by a spirit of entrepreneurialism, councils up and down the land were busy exploring new ways to respond to their communities in 2018.

Clinical Commissioning Groups ‘failing to function effectively’

20/12/2018

An inquiry into the role of Clinical Commissioning Groups has been launched after a report warned many were ‘failing to function effectively’.

Over four million older people do not have access to care services

13/12/2018

A long-term fix to pay for adult social care has been 'kicked into the long grass', local government leaders have warned.

Care Management Group sold for £200m

11/12/2018

A care provider has been sold in a multi-million pound deal, with another company expected to be flogged in the coming months.

Councils must act on care service complaints, ombudsman says

28/11/2018

Councils facing a rising tide of complaints from the public about care services must listen to them and take action, the government regulator has warned.

Care sector faces staff shortage of 400,000 over next decade

26/11/2018

The struggling adult social care sector is facing a growing workforce crisis due to chronic low pay and endemic job insecurity, a new report has revealed.

Councils chosen for tech innovation funding

15/11/2018

The nine successful councils chosen to share £700,000 to pilot cutting edge tech social care projects have been announced.

Care home provider on verge of collapse, regulators warn

07/11/2018

The financial problems of one of the UK’s largest care providers poses ‘credible risk of service disruption’ to local provision of social care, regulators say

What does the Budget really mean for local authorities?

06/11/2018

Tiffany Cloynes and Joanna Phillips explore the key announcements in the Budget and how far extra funding will address the challenges faced by councils.

NHS could be 51,000 nurses short after Brexit

06/11/2018

The NHS could be short of 51,000 nurses by the end of the Brexit transition period, a new report has warned today.

Whitehall plans to tackle bad health need ‘long-term investment’, charity says

05/11/2018

Health secretary Matt Hancock has said the Government is committed to supporting local councils in improving health locally through ‘innovation, communication and community outreach.’

Budget 2018: £800m cash injection for social care

29/10/2018

Social care has been given an £800m boost in today’s Budget after chancellor Philip Hammond said he recognised the ‘immediate pressures’ local authorities were facing.

Whitehall must develop 10-year social care plan, MPs say

19/10/2018

The Government must set out a costed 10-year plan to help shore up the struggling social care system, MPs say.

Government urged to switch focus to community care

12/10/2018

The government's focus on reducing delays to transfers of care has tied up resources and has been detrimental to the long term health and wellbeing of those being cared for, social care directors have warned.

Number of newborns taken into care ‘doubled’ in 10 years

11/10/2018

A new study has revealed a dramatic increase over the past decade in the number of newborn babies being removed from their parents and taken into care.

Underfunded care services pressuring NHS, health regulator warns

11/10/2018

Disjointed health and social care services were placing increasing pressure on A&E departments, according to an independent health regulator.

Former Northants leader admits ‘mistakes’ over PFI deal

04/10/2018

Former leader of Northamptonshire County Council has admitted mistakes were made in a PFI deal which has meant up to £2m a year being paid for empty care beds.

Emergency cash for social care ‘no substitute’ for long-term funding

02/10/2018

Announcement of an emergency injection of £240m into the social care system to stave off NHS crisis is no substitute for long-term funding, campaigners warn.

People ‘forced’ to wait two months for underfunded care services

01/10/2018

People in desperate need of care are being forced to wait two months on average to access care services, according to health campaigners.

Local government funding to be slashed by a further £1.3bn

01/10/2018

Council budgets will be cut by a third next year, causing 'dramatic' reductions in services, local government leaders have warned.

Health and care inspection regime leaves ‘room for improvement’

27/09/2018

The new health and care inspection regime is a ‘significant improvement’ on the previous system, but there is room for improvement, concludes landmark report.

Transforming healthcare with Intelligent Connectivity

20/09/2018

Danny Longbottom explores how digital transformation can transform health and social care services.

Whitehall demands in-year cuts to improvement programme

19/09/2018

The sector’s ability to respond to crises such as a care provider failure could be hit after Whitehall demanded cuts to a key improvement programme, senior councillors have been warned.

Social workers launch campaign to reform children’s services

07/09/2018

Social workers have launched the latest stage in their campaign to cut the amount of time they spend on administration.

Achieving a smarter digital future - social care

06/09/2018

Less than a quarter of local authority chief executives and social care directors regard their relationship with the NHS as good with data sharing being a particular problem, according to a survey by The MJ and BT.

Local social care services save NHS £60m

22/08/2018

Councils have saved the NHS almost £60m by improving social care for adults outside of hospitals, according to the latest figures.

Brexit will cause ‘social care workforce crisis’, think tank warns

22/08/2018

Ending freedom of movement after Brexit could mean more than 100,000 fewer adult social care workers by 2026, a think tank has warned.

Tax increases ‘possible solution’ to social care crisis, council chiefs say

31/07/2018

Local government leaders have proposed a series of tax increases as ‘possible solutions’ to paying for adult social care over the long-term.

Un-costed care cap would be ‘catastrophic’, county council chiefs warn

27/07/2018

The introduction of an un-costed cap on social care would have ‘catastrophic’ consequences for local services, county council leaders have warned.

Care homes not operating at full capacity, data analysts find

25/07/2018

Healthcare data specialists have called for a reappraisal of the ‘care home crisis’ after discovering care homes have more capacity than was thought.

Whitehall announces £4.5m for ‘social prescribing’ projects

24/07/2018

The Government has invested nearly £4.5m into programmes to refer patients to community services such as walking clubs or arts activities.

Unpaid family carers ‘propping up’ care system, report reveals

16/07/2018

There are over seven and a half million people in the UK who provide unpaid care for a relative — one million more than in 2005, new study reveals.

Brokenshire considering new devolution models

10/07/2018

James Brokenshire is considering new models of devolution as he seeks to extend further powers to local areas, the communities secretary has insisted.

1.4m older people ‘not getting the care they need’, charity warns

09/07/2018

The number of older people living with an unmet care need has risen by nearly 20% in two years, an ageing charity warns.

Councils must ‘simplify’ access to mobility support, charity says

06/07/2018

The process by which local authorities provide support to people with mobility issues is too ‘complex and varied’, elderly persons charity warns.

Health and social care inequality 'holding back integration'

02/07/2018

Social care must be treated as an equal partner of the NHS if integration is to succeed, a report has found.

National taxation needed to secure social care system, council chiefs say

02/07/2018

The majority of councils with social care responsibilities say that national taxation must be ‘part of the solution’ to securing the long-term financial stability of adult social care.

MPs say levy for over 40s could fund free social care

26/06/2018

People aged over 40 should pay a dedicated social care premium to fund free care in the future, MPs have said.

A dozen councils to receive social care innovation funding

22/06/2018

Twelve councils have been awarded funding to explore how technology can improve social care services.

Sector hits out at ‘unacceptable’ delays to social care reform

19/06/2018

The social care sector has expressed its disappointment and frustration at the delay in the government’s long-awaited green paper.

Council chiefs blast May’s £20bn NHS funding promise

18/06/2018

Local government leaders have criticised Theresa May for not offering extra money to struggling social care services as part of her £20bn NHS funding boost.

Make social care ‘free at the point of need’, former health minister says

15/06/2018

Social care should be ‘free at the point of need’ like the NHS, a bold new report into the health and care system recommends.

How to solve the delayed transfers of care problem

15/06/2018

Paul Hayes, national director of commissioning operations at Four Seasons Health Care, explores the potential of intermediate care.

Increase in social care spending backed by British public

13/06/2018

More than 80% of the British public support a 3.9% increase in social care spending, according to a new poll for the NHS Confederation.

Councils struggle to sustain ‘fragile’ care sector, directors warn

12/06/2018

A new report into the state of the social care system has revealed that adult social care makes up nearly 40% of councils’ budgets.

Health and social care integration ‘hampered’ by lack of communication, MPs say

11/06/2018

There has been a ‘failure’ to engage with local leaders when it comes to the integration of health and social care services, MPs say.

Future of social care precept looks 'very bleak' from 2019 warns Care England

11/06/2018

A third of English councils will be unable to raise enough money through the social care precept to pay for the services they are meant to cover, according to new research.

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