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National care service overhaul fails to charm councils


Councils in Scotland remain unconvinced by proposals to create a national care service.

14 councils ‘likely’ to issue s114s next year


More than half of councils are likely to issue a section 114 notice within the next parliament unless funding is reformed, senior local authority figures have warned.

Two-thirds of councils to cut neighbourhood services


Community services will have to be ‘drastically scaled back’ or cut altogether without further funding for councils, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Union urges prospective MPs to back national care service


Election candidates in the forthcoming general election are being urged to support the creation of a new national care service in England.

Almost all areas set for maximum council tax rise


Virtually every local authority with responsibility for social care in England plans on raising its council tax by the maximum 4.99% this April, according to new analysis.

Keep carers in work to save £6bn, Government urged


The UK economy will lose billions this year because of unpaid carers who are unable to work, a think-tank has warned.

Putting personal assistants at the heart of care


Ben Weatherall, co-founder and director of Curam, discusses the skills deficit in the social care system and what to do about it.

Welsh government announces £25m for councils


The Welsh government has announced an additional £25m to support cash-strapped local authorities in 2024-25.

Council financial crisis ‘out of control’


MPs have issued a stark warning on the ‘very real’ prospect of more councils in England ‘effectively going bust’ if the Government does not address a £4bn funding gap.

Migrant care worker family ban ‘reckless’, union says


The Government’s decision to ban migrant care workers from bringing family over to join them in England could ‘spell disaster for social care’, union warns.

Council leaders cautiously welcome £600m boost


Council leaders have welcomed the announcement of a £500m boost to social care budgets but caution they still face ‘difficult decisions’.

Housing crisis forcing poorer older renters to move


Older renters living on low incomes are being forced to move to more deprived areas with fewer services due to the housing crisis, new research suggests.

New local government Ombudsman appointed


Amerdeep Somal will be the next Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, the Government has confirmed.

Abuse main driver of children’s social care demand


Domestic abuse and violence is the most prevalent category of demand for children’s social care services, a groundbreaking new study has revealed.

Care providers closing due to ‘perilous’ environment


Social care services are facing a situation that is ‘more perilous than ever’ with 43% of providers closing services or handing back contracts, study reveals.

Social care career reforms ‘only scratch the surface’


The Government today announced new measures to improve the career prospects of social care staff but concerns remain that this ‘may only scratch the surface’.

LGA calls for family hubs extension


Council bosses have called for an extension of the family hubs programme after the Government announced that all local authorities involved in the scheme offer access to a centre.

Regulator praises Bolton care service


An inspection of Bolton Council’s home support reablement service has found it is effective, caring, and well led.

Groundbreaking LGBTQ+ housing proposed for Manchester


A pioneering LGBTQ+ extra care housing development has been proposed for the site of a former hospital in Manchester.

End-of-life care issues ‘still far too common’


Issues faced by people receiving end-of-life care 70 years ago, including poverty and isolation, are ‘still far too common’, according to a new report.

Court provides clarity on duties owed to children at home


Court rules that Wolverhampton did not have a duty of care to protect a child because it could not be established they had assumed responsibility for them.

Parking meters face disruption from 2G switch off


Parking meters, alarm systems and telecare devices risk facing disruption when 2G and 3G mobile networks are switched off, council chiefs warn.

Middlesbrough proposes job cuts as it warns of ‘tough choices’


Middlesbrough Council has proposed axing 75 full-time equivalent posts and cutting social care costs as it scrambles to set a balanced budget for next year.

Gov’s migration plans threaten ‘recruitment crisis’


Hundreds of thousands of non-UK nationals working in London’s health and social care sector are likely to be hit by the Government’s new migration policies, Mayor Sadiq Khan has warned.

Migration plans ‘spell total disaster’ for social care


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

Autistic adults without care entitlement face 'breakdown'


More than 11,000 autistic adults in England are not receiving the care they are legally entitled to, a group of autism charities has found.

LGA lays bare ‘astronomical’ care costs


There has been a 1,000% rise over five years in the number of children’s social care placements that cost councils £10,000 or more a week, the Local Government Association (LGA) has found.

Care service failed to meet cultural needs


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.

MPs warn local services on ‘knife edge’


MPs have warned that key local services are on a ‘knife edge’ due to the poor financial health of councils in England.

Councils need help to tackle care staff exploitation, union says


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.

CQC issues verdicts in pilot care assessments


The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has completed assessments of adult social care at five councils under its pilot scheme.

Investment in local care services could save £2.5bn


Investment in home-based care, community and reablement services would help free up more hospital beds and improve care for the elderly, council leaders say.

Councils ‘pushed to the brink’ by children’s social care pressures


A ‘perfect storm’ of financial pressures and rising numbers of children needing support are putting local authorities at risk of bankruptcy, councils warn.

Social care leaders forced to find millions in extra savings


Council social care leaders are having to find millions of pounds of extra savings this year despite winter pressures approaching, a new survey has revealed.

Homeless children left without care


Almost 6,500 16- and 17-year-olds presented as homeless to their local authority in England last year, according to new data.

Young carers let down by system, 'damning' report says


The first ever parliamentary inquiry on young carers has revealed the ‘devastating impact’ of care responsibilities on their education, wellbeing and prospects.

New health and social care secretary announced


Victoria Atkins has been appointed Secretary of State for Health and Social Care amid Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s cabinet reshuffle.

Places must adapt for ageing population, says Whitty


Places and infrastructure must be adapted to support an ageing population, particularly in rural areas, according to England's chief medical officer.

Government falling 'woefully short' on supported housing


Vulnerable people are increasingly provided with poor quality supported housing and suffer ‘significant, detrimental’ impacts due to inadequate support, a report has found.

Somerset declares ‘financial emergency’


Somerset Council has declared it is facing a ‘financial emergency’ and agreed that ‘urgent actions’ are required to tackle a £100m shortfall.

South Gloucestershire families not getting agreed respite


Almost a third of families with children with special needs in South Gloucestershire have not been receiving sufficient respite care, an investigation has found.

VR training on coercive control rolled out


An immersive training programme that aims to raise awareness of gender-based violence and support those affected has been rolled out in Greater Manchester and North Wales.

Concern over hotel use for care leavers


Too many care leavers live in hotels or other unsuitable accommodation in Devon but oversight at the county council has improved, Ofsted has found.

Barriers to support impacting carers’ mental health


Unpaid carers are not receiving adequate support from statutory services and their mental health is suffering as a result, Carers UK has found.

Children's services 'absolute carnage'


The state of children’s services has been described as ‘absolute carnage’ after years of underfunding.

Let’s talk about incontinence: how effective procurement can benefit us all


Tracy Evans, clinical team leader for the continence service at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, discusses the benefits of effectively procuring incontinence products.

One in 10 county councils facing effective bankruptcy


England’s county and unitary authorities are ‘running out of road’ to prevent insolvency, with one in 10 not sure they can balance their budget this year.

New pilot to monitor care home infections


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.

Public services ‘in a dire state’


No public services are performing better than before the pandemic and satisfaction with councils has dropped, a report has found.

Meals on wheels ‘heading for UK-wide collapse’


The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) has called for meals on wheels to become a statutory responsibility for councils after it found provision of the services continued to fall.

S114 ‘almost inevitable’ for Leicester


Leicester City Council is ‘rapidly running out of options’ to cut costs and faces financial crisis ahead of its 2025-26 budget, its mayor has warned Michael Gove.

£42m boost for social care innovation


The Government has announced £42.6m to fund innovative local approaches that improve the quality and accessibility of adult social care.

Reports of exploitation in care sector surge


There has been a dramatic rise in the number of workers in the care sector contacting a national helpline for victims of modern slavery, charity reveals.

Council chiefs call for workforce plan after ‘unfair care’ warning


Council leaders have repeated their call for a dedicated social care workforce plan in response to a CQC warning that councils are struggling to meet demand.

Extra cash for Welsh social care in emergency spending revisions


Council budgets will remain largely unchanged, but there should be more cash for social services, following the Welsh Government’s emergency public spending revisions.

Almost 400,000 carers leave workforce


A new report offers an insight into the care sector’s struggle to retain staff after almost 400,000 carers left their jobs in a year.

Care workers in Wales feel undervalued, poll reveals


Social care workers in Wales feel undervalued by the public and underpaid for the work they do, a new survey has revealed.

LGA claims ‘so much more could have been done’ in pandemic


Councils were held back from effectively tackling the challenges of the pandemic by central Government, it has been claimed.

Havering Council facing insolvency, warns leader


The leader of Havering Council has warned that the London borough was facing insolvency due to increases in social care and homelessness costs.

Public support more focus on poor health causes


The Government should invest more in public health to address the roots of poor health, according to a poll for the charity Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).

Social care should be top of manifestos, forum says


Adult social care reform should be prioritised on the agendas of all political parties, the National Care Forum (NCF) has said.

Over £8bn needed to stop care ‘deteriorating’


Sustainable planning for the care sector must replace short-term cash injections, the Health Foundation said as it published projected costs for adult social care.

Call for national mental health support team rollout


A top children’s services director has called for the ‘very highly regarded’ mental health support teams (MHST) model to be rolled out across the country.

Brighton settles 10-year equal pay issue


Brighton and Hove City Council will adjust bank holiday pay for more than 800 staff in response to calls from Unison.

Mental health top reason for social care absences


New research has claimed mental health and stress is the most common reason for social care staff sickness and absence in more than 77% of councils.

Providers set out ‘pragmatic’ social care plan


A plan for adult social care with recommendations for the next Government has been put forward by Care England.

£10m extra for most under pressure councils


The Government has provided an extra £10m for social care for those councils most under pressure as winter approaches.

Care sector ‘stifling’ the economy, report says


Properly funded social care would power growth and unlock jobs, according to a report published today.

Glasgow to pilot drug consumption facility


A safe drug consumption facility is set to be trialled in Glasgow after the lord advocate said she did not believe it would be in the public interest to prosecute users of drug consumption rooms for simple possession offences.

Cuts see ‘children’s services run like A&E’, charities warn


Councils are spending more on crisis intervention in children’s services, a group of leading charities has warned today.

£40m winter boost for social care


The Government has announced £40m to improve social care capacity with an aim to relieve pressure on hospitals over the winter.

Council apologises after man with dementia left unsupported


Calderdale Council has apologised after a man with a rapidly progressing form of dementia was left in unsuitable hotel accommodation for too long.

Suffolk’s essential service funding ‘not sustainable’


Suffolk County Council has forecast it will spend £22.3m over its budget this year, with the costs of school transport and looking after children in care making up two thirds of the overspend.

Council hiring mental health officer following high suicide rates


Essex County Council is hiring a public mental health and suicide prevention officer with an advertised salary of up to £37,357.

‘Cinderella’ care sector staff facing poverty


Most care workers are earning less than the real Living Wage and left ‘struggling to survive’, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has warned today.

Coventry faces issuing s114


Coventry is at risk of having to issue a section 114 notice, the city council has warned Michael Gove.

Families sue over Covid care home deaths


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.

Service costs ‘unmanageable’, city council warns


Coventry City Council has projected a £12.1m overspend in its budget and warned that service costs are becoming ‘unmanageable’.

Ofsted warns against placing children in unregistered homes


Ofsted has warned councils against placing vulnerable children, including those subject to deprivation of liberty orders, in unregistered children’s homes.

Social care workforce survey launched


Staff working in the adult social care sector are being asked to share their experiences in a new Government survey.

The power of Volunteer Responders


Sam Ward, deputy CEO, Royal Voluntary Service discusses how Volunteer Responders can enhance people’s experiences of care in care home settings.

Improving support for pregnant women


Kirsty Kitchen, head of policy at Birth Companions, emphasises the need for a better approach to working with women during pregnancy and early motherhood.

Health policy research hubs get £100m funding


Policy Research Units (PRUs) across England are set to receive more than £100m from the National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR).

Government confirms £600m social care fund


A health think tank has welcomed confirmation of £600m to boost the social care winter workforce but warn it may not fix the problem ‘after years of neglect.’

Councils chosen for family-focussed social care trials


The Government has announced the councils that will test two new children’s social care programmes, which aim to support families through early help.

Third of children in care face exclusion


Pupils who have a history of receiving social care or support from special educational needs services are much more likely to be excluded, UCL study reveals.

Holyrood announces £3.2m fund to tackle loneliness


More than 50 projects that are tackling social isolation and loneliness in Scotland have received a share of a new multi-million-pound fund.

Workforce concerns raised in social care survey


Workforce concerns in children's social care have been brought to light in a new poll, in which 20% of council social workers said they planned to leave.

Charities accuse Government of social care 'wild goose chase'


More than 60 charities in England have urged Rishi Sunak to fulfil the Government’s 2019 pledge to ‘fix the crisis in social care once and for all’.

Scottish council staff will not move to care boards


Holyrood says that staff will still be employed by councils rather than being transferred to care boards when the National Care Service (NCS) is established.

Over-65s suffering due to lack of joined up local care


Better care at the local level could have prevented more than 850,000 hospital admissions a year among the over-65s, a new study has found.

Union warns of ‘significant rise’ in social care exploitation


Unison has warned of a ‘significant rise’ in the number of migrant workers who are being exploited in the social care sector.

Getting tech-savvy Gen Z into the social care sector


Rajiv Tanna, co-founder and CPO of birdie, looks at how technology can help the social care sector appeal to younger generations.

Social care crisis threatens to ‘bury’ NHS


The ‘extreme pressure’ on social care is now ‘turning into an avalanche, and it’s going to bury the NHS', Lib Dem leader Ed Davey tells LGA annual conference.

NHS leaders call for social care workforce plan


NHS leaders have written to the Prime Minister calling for a social care workforce plan to boost recruitment and retention in the social care sector.

Can technology solve the care crisis? We certainly think so.


Jody O'Neill, CEO of Curam, the UK's largest online platform for care workers, looks at the role of technology in solving the care crisis.

Kent to vote on devolution deal


Kent CC councillors will vote this week on plans for a devolution deal in a bid to secure more power and resources for the area.

100 care homes lying empty, according to Lib Dems


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

Call for long-term funding after report warns of social care crisis


Only long-term sustainable funding will 'future-proof' adult social care, council leaders have warned after a report saying services are failing to keep up with demand.

Ombudsman issues 'adverse findings notice'


The local government Ombudsman has issued a rare 'adverse findings notice' against a care provider in Leicester after he refused to comply with a remedy.

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