social care

A perfect storm for care homes

16/09/2020

Iain MacBeath, strategic director, health and wellbeing at Bradford City Council, looks at the challenges facing the adult social care sector.

Ombudsman calls for 'level playing field'

15/09/2020

‘Weak’ social care providers are avoiding public accountability, the local government ombudsman has said.

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.

Councils 'deeply concerned' about fall in children's social care referrals

07/09/2020

The number of children being referred to social care services fell by a fifth during lockdown, council leaders have warned.

Social care spending is £600m lower than in 2010, finds TUC

07/09/2020

Adult social care spending in England is £600m lower per year compared to a decade ago, new research has found.

Think tank proposes pension-style social care system

01/09/2020

A pension-style model is the most effective way of fixing the social care crisis, a new report from a think tank has argued.

Countywide unitaries ‘could save £3bn’

27/08/2020

Replacing two-tier counties with one unitary authority could deliver almost £3bn savings over five years, according to research published by the County Councils Network (CCN) today.

NHS leaders call for urgent action on social care

20/08/2020

Patients could be stranded in hospital and routine operations could be delayed unless the Government addresses the social care crisis, leading health organisations have warned.

Obesity stigma fuelling ‘severe impact’ on adult social care

20/08/2020

Weight-related stigmas need tackling to help prevent rising levels of obesity having a significant impact on adult social care, local authority leaders say.

Kent reaches capacity to safely care for migrant children

18/08/2020

Kent County Council has warned it has reached its capacity to safely care for any more unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

Employers call for more support to keep unpaid carers in work

11/08/2020

Two-thirds of employers have warned that a lack of support for unpaid carers is impacting their workforce, according to new research.

Researchers warn about 'lost decade' in adult social care

10/08/2020

Adult social care has reached breaking point after policymakers failed to act on alarms raised back in 2010, researchers have warned today.

Councils warned about discriminating against autistic children

06/08/2020

More than 40 councils have been criticised for unlawfully discriminating against autistic children.

Progress on health and social care pledges to be rated under new system

05/08/2020

The Government's progress on health and social care pledges will be evaluated under a new rating system, the Health and Social Care Committee has announced.

Extra £50m funding for Scottish social care

04/08/2020

Social care in Scotland will be given a £50m funding boost to help meet the cost of the coronavirus crisis.

Adult social care in Wales gets extra funding boost

03/08/2020

Adult social care providers in Wales will receive an extra £22.7m in funding to help cover the cost of the coronavirus crisis.

Adult specialist care 'robust' in face of pandemic

31/07/2020

Adult specialist care has ‘stood up well’ to the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, a report has found today.

Counties warn oversight of social care must remain with councils

30/07/2020

County councils have warned against a ‘knee-jerk’ centralisation of the social care system in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis.

Care technology can no longer be a managed leap of faith

30/07/2020

Robert Turnbull explains how Hampshire CC is using cobots to improve adult social care during the pandemic.

Thousands of people 'wiped out' by care bills, charity warns

24/07/2020

Fourteen people a day are being wiped out financially by care bills, new research has revealed today.

Third of social workers looking to quit profession, survey reveals

10/07/2020

A third of social workers are are thinking of leaving the profession putting the system at risk of collapse, new research has warned.

New support for 'unseen' vulnerable children

09/07/2020

A new service to help vulnerable children and young people who don't meet usual social care thresholds has been launched by a coalition of charities.

Government 'failed to prepare' on PPE, say MPs

08/07/2020

The Government has failed to ensure there is enough personal protective equipment (PPE) in the event of a second wave of coronavirus, a watchdog has warned today.

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.

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.

Older carers ‘forgotten’ by care system says charity

12/06/2020

Older carers have been ‘forgotten’ by authorities despite them bearing the brunt of the pandemic, a charity has warned today.

More funding will not fix 'broken' social care system, says think tank

09/06/2020

New taxes or extra spending are not enough to fix the 'dysfunctional' social care system, a think tank has said.

Launch of coronavirus social care taskforce

09/06/2020

The Government has announced a new social care taskforce to help the sector through the coronavirus crisis.

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.

Coronavirus bereavement scheme extended to social care workers

21/05/2020

The families of migrant care workers who have fallen victim to COVID-19 will be allowed to remain in the country indefinitely.

Most councils take action to help providers with temporary cost pressures

19/05/2020

Nearly all (97%) of councils are taking action to address temporary cost pressures being experienced by social care providers, a new survey has revealed.

Pan-London partnership for PPE launched

19/05/2020

A new pan-London partnership has been established to provide personal protective equipment or care homes and other frontline services.

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.

Councils face £10bn funding 'black hole'

14/05/2020

Councils could be forced to cut billions from social care services due to £10bn 'coronavirus black hole', Labour has warned today.

Local Resilience Forums running out of PPE supplies, charity warns

13/05/2020

A charity has warned Local Resilience Forums (LRFs) are still struggling to supply enough personal protective equipment to social care providers.

Covid-19 death rates significantly higher for social care workers

11/05/2020

Men and women working in social care both have significantly raised rates of death involving COVID-19, according to new analysis from the Office for National Statistics  (ONS).

Only 22% of social care workers have been able to access Covid-19 testing

06/05/2020

Less than a quarter of social care workers have been able to access testing for Covid-19, a new survey has revealed.

Counties call for clarity on how coronavirus cash will be allocated

28/04/2020

County councils have called for clarity on how the latest round of emergency cash to deal with the coronavirus crisis will be split.

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.

One in five healthcare workers could quit in wake of Covid-19, think tank warns

23/04/2020

Healthcare could face a staffing crisis after it was revealed on in five healthcare professionals are more likely to leave following the pandemic.

Think tank argues social care should be 'free at point of use' after Covid-19

22/04/2020

The Government has been urged to use the coronavirus crisis to undertake long term social care reform, in a new report by the Policy Exchange.

Jenrick moves to ease cash flow pressures

16/04/2020

New measures to help ease immediate financial pressures faced by councils in England due to the coronavirus outbreak have been announced by the Government.

More PPE promised for social care

15/04/2020

Health secretary Matt Hancock has promised to increase supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) to social care.

Risk and resilience around Covid-19

15/04/2020

Kella Bowers outlines the potential for future civil liability in social care.

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.

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 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.

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