social care

Care providers in law change call

01/04/2020

Care providers have pleaded with Prime Minister Boris Johnson to change the law to boost staff numbers in the sector during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Court finds woman has capacity to decide about contact with husband

26/03/2020

The High Court today ruled that a woman with a relatively rare form of dementia has the capacity to make decisions for herself when it comes to her husband.

Hancock announces free parking for NHS staff

26/03/2020

The Government has announced NHS trusts are to receive financial support to provide health care workers with free car parking during the coronavirus pandemic.

‘Social care needs you’, retired care workers told

26/03/2020

Council chiefs urge retired care workers to return to work in order to boost an over-stretched social care workforce in the face of the ongoing pandemic.

Social workers ‘urgently’ need hand sanitizer, survey reveals

25/03/2020

Social workers have called on the Government to provide them with safety equipment in order to minimize the risk of contracting and spreading the coronavirus.

Health and social care workers first in line for coronavirus testing, Holyrood says

25/03/2020

Health and social care workers in Scotland must be prioritized when it comes to testing for Covid-19, Holyrood has announced.

Scottish council chiefs welcome extra social care support

24/03/2020

Local authority leaders have welcomed the Scottish government’s commitment to give extra support to councils to support social care in the face of Covid-19.

Government issues guidance on isolation for residential educational settings

23/03/2020

Social workers who need to investigate child protection concerns should be admitted to the home while taking infection control measures, according to guidance.

£3bn bed blocking coronavirus cash injection

19/03/2020

Almost £3bn of the Government’s £5bn Covid-19 funding will go towards freeing up at least 15,000 English hospital beds by the end of next week, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced.

Covid-19 forces Ombudsman to suspend services

19/03/2020

The body tasked with investigating complaints against local authorities has temporarily suspended its services due to the impact of Coronavirus.

Councils to be fully funded for coronavirus costs

18/03/2020

Councils in England will be fully funded for implementing measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, the chancellor has confirmed.

Social care inspections halted to focus on the ‘global health emergency’

17/03/2020

The social care regulator in England has announced it will be stopping all inspections in order to focus on supporting providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yorkshire council criticises Ofsted rating based on ‘short inspection visit’

16/03/2020

A local authority in Yorkshire has said it is ‘disappointed’ by an Ofsted rating of its children’s social care services which concluded they were ‘inadequate’.

Leaving nothing to chance

12/03/2020

The ‘levelling-up’ Budget is era-defining and ambitious in scope – but we will have to wait until the summer Spending Review to understand the blueprint, says Localis’s Jonathan Werran.

Budget 2020: £5bn emergency fund to fight coronavirus

11/03/2020

The Government has promised to deliver a £5bn emergency fund to help manage the extra pressures the NHS and social care are facing in the wake of coronavirus.

Social care ‘crisis’ inquiry launched

10/03/2020

A Parliamentary inquiry has been launched to find out what needs to be done to solve the ongoing social care funding and workforce crisis.

Government to give volunteers job protection to help fight coronavirus

09/03/2020

New measures to make it easier for volunteers to help support health and social care services have been introduced by the Government in the fight against the coronavirus.

Councils report 'huge overspends' on social care

04/03/2020

More than eight out of ten councils overspent on children's social care last year, with nearly half (47%) spending more than their adult social care budget, new figures have shown.

Care leaders must promote ‘awareness’ of good practice in sexual safety

27/02/2020

Care leaders should promote a culture that keeps people in social care safe from sexual abuse and supports them in expressing their sexuality, regulator says.

Maintaining performance

27/02/2020

The 15 strongest performing councils in adult social care have been highlighted in IMPOWER’s latest productivity INDEX. Ralph Cook looks at the results.

Cornwall Council announces ‘ground-breaking’ joint leadership role

25/02/2020

Cornwall Council has announced a joint agreement with NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group as part of a new approach to working on social care, health commissioning and public health services.

Carers of MS sufferers provide ‘35 hours or more’ of unpaid care a week

25/02/2020

Family members and friends who are providing unpaid care to loved ones with multiple sclerosis are ‘not getting the support they need’, according to new research.

Think tank launches £3m fund to support community ‘wellbeing’

21/02/2020

A think tank has launched a £3m fund to empower community organisations and the health and care sector to work together to boost community wellbeing.

Handyperson Services ‘unsung heroes’ in supporting independent living

20/02/2020

A new report has called for the work done by Handyperson Services in keeping vulnerable people safe to be fully recognised by commissioners.

Experts decry ‘lack of consideration’ given to social care in immigration reform

19/02/2020

Local authority leaders and health care experts have warned that the Government’s introduction of a points-based immigration system could be detrimental to an already struggling social care system.

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.

Care denied to 700,000 older people, charity reveals

07/02/2020

Around 700,000 older people have had their request for care turned down in the past year, analysis by a charity has discovered.

Commission puts health devolution back on political agenda

03/02/2020

A new Commission calling for the devolution of health and social care services has been launched today.

Think tank launches new strategy to tackle ‘poor health outcomes’

24/01/2020

The King’s Fund has announced a new strategy which places a ‘stronger focus’ on improving health and care services for people who currently have the poorest health outcomes.

Dementia patients being 'stranded' in hospitals

22/01/2020

More than 1,000 people with dementia are being admitted into A&E every day, new data has revealed.

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.

Report calls for end of 'age apartheid'

07/01/2020

Radical action is needed to create ‘a country for all ages’ by 2030, according to a report published today.

Council warns of 78 job cuts

07/01/2020

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has outlined plans to cut 78 jobs as part of plans to save £9.2m by 2021.

Councils thank ‘festive force’ of care workers

24/12/2019

Local authority leaders in London have thanked the 22,000 care workers who will be working on Christmas day this year.

Half of young carers ‘feel responsible’ for providing a good Christmas

20/12/2019

Nearly half of young carers feel responsible for giving their family a good Christmas, according to a new survey.

Visionary housing for the elderly

19/12/2019

A project in London has linked private and public sectors to provide quality care for older people alongside a block of luxury apartments, Mark Whitehead says.

'Ambitious programme of domestic reform' promised in Queen's Speech

19/12/2019

The second Queen’s Speech in almost as many months has promised an ‘ambitious programme of domestic reform’.

Elderly save the state £23bn a year by providing unpaid care

19/12/2019

A new study has revealed how some of the oldest in society save the health and care system £23bn a year by providing free care to loved ones.

‘Inadequate’ West Sussex children’s services moved to trust

18/12/2019

West Sussex County Council’s children’s services have been moved into an independent trust after Ofsted found they were ‘inadequate’.

Children’s home closed due to safeguarding concerns

17/12/2019

A specialist children’s home in Gloucestershire has temporarily closed because of safeguarding and safety concerns.

Foster carers experience high-levels of ‘burnout’, study reveals

16/12/2019

Psychologists have called for more support to be provided to foster carers after a new study reveals the extent of ‘burnout’ in the sector.

PM told to ‘reset the dial for local government’

16/12/2019

Local government professionals have written to the new Prime Minister urging him to provide councils with ‘immediate’ financial certainty for next year.

In a nutshell: What the election result means for local government

13/12/2019

With the Conservative party securing its biggest majority since the 1980s, what does this mean for local government?

Top 100: Our most popular local government stories of 2019

10/12/2019

From calls to a 10% pay rise for council staff to declaring a climate change emergency, here is our countdown of the 100 most popular stories on LocalGov during 2019.

Council fined £500,000 after death of woman with dementia

10/12/2019

A council has been fined half a million pounds and has apologised following the death at one of their care homes of a woman with dementia.

Majority of people support tax rises to solve social care crisis

06/12/2019

Two thirds of people want tax increases to pay for health and social care, a new poll has revealed.

Major parties ‘fall short’ on social care funding commitments

04/12/2019

None of the three major parties have pledged enough in social care funding to fix the ongoing crisis in care provision, a health think tank has concluded.

Voters face 'stark choice' on public spending - IFS

29/11/2019

The choice could not be clearer on public spending plans by the main political parties according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Two thirds of adults ‘unpaid carers’, study reveals

22/11/2019

Two thirds of UK adults can expect to care unpaid for a loved one in their lifetime, according to research from the universities of Sheffield and Birmingham.

Blueprint for social care reform puts ‘relationships over bureaucracy’

20/11/2019

A new model for social care promises to 'put relationships over bureaucracy'.

Nearly 500,000 children ‘worried’ about mental health

20/11/2019

Almost half a million children who are worried about their feelings or behaviour are not asking anyone for help, according to campaigners.

Guide to help councils look after people with ‘several health problems’ published

19/11/2019

A new guidebook shows how people with several health problems can best be looked after by local authorities and other agencies working together.

One and a half million older people have ‘unmet care needs’, charity warns

11/11/2019

The number of older people with unmet care needs stands at one and a half million and could rise to over two million in the next decade, a charity has warned.

Failure of £350m Four Seasons deal proof social care is not ‘properly’ funded

25/10/2019

The failure to sell the struggling social care provider, Four Seasons, is further proof that the Government is not funding social care properly, union says.

NHS study reveals ‘growing’ pressure on social care sector

23/10/2019

Charity calls for ‘urgent solution’ to the care crisis as study reveals councils received two million new requests for adult social care support last year.

£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.

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