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    Councils cannot cap personal budgets under Care Act, Ombudsman warns

    Councils cannot cap personal budgets under Care Act, Ombudsman warns

    Councils cannot set maximum budget levels when calculating the cost of people’s care, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has said. The Ombudsman has issued the advice after an investigation found Wiltshire Council had a policy of placing people into bands, and paying in line with those banding levels, regardless of need. This is […]

    27th April 2018 | By | Reply More
    I Care…Ambassadors spread the word about working in social care

    I Care…Ambassadors spread the word about working in social care

    A national team of I Care…Ambassadors are delivering careers events across England to inspire people to work in adult social care. Over 400 organisations in England are involved in supporting the 700-strong team of ambassadors, who inspire thousands of people to consider a career in social care. They do this through careers activities such as […]

    15th January 2018 | By | Reply More
    As winter approaches disappointment reigns at lack of Government support for social care

    As winter approaches disappointment reigns at lack of Government support for social care

    Responding to the exclusion of social care funding from today’s Autumn Budget, Margaret Willcox, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:   “We are extremely disappointed that the Government has not addressed the need for extra funding for adult social care. This means that this winter and throughout next year […]

    22nd November 2017 | By | Reply More
    Return to Social Work programme launched to encourage social workers back into critical roles

    Return to Social Work programme launched to encourage social workers back into critical roles

    The Local Government Association (LGA), in partnership with central government and with the support of the Government Equalities Office, is launching its Return to Social Work programme which will look to retrain social workers for both adults and children who have left the profession. The West Midlands, East of England and London will be the […]

    24th October 2017 | By | Reply More
    No one’s elderly parent, grandparents or friends should be left unnecessarily in a hospital bed

    No one’s elderly parent, grandparents or friends should be left unnecessarily in a hospital bed

    Responding to the latest delayed transfers of care figures published today by NHS England, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:   “No one’s elderly parent, grandparents or friends should be left unnecessarily in a hospital bed, when they could be treated in the comfort and dignity of their […]

    10th August 2017 | By | Reply More
    More cuts and difficult decisions for adult social care

    More cuts and difficult decisions for adult social care

    WELCOME EXTRA FUNDING DOES NOT REMOVE NEEDS, DEMANDS, INCREASED COSTS AND DIFFICULT DECISIONS IN ADULT SOCIAL CARE, SAYS ADASS   Despite welcome extra funding and councils protecting and planning to spend more on adult social care budgets, difficult decisions and more cuts need to be made in the service, according to a survey of 151 adult […]

    28th June 2017 | By | Reply More
    Carers UK responds to House of Commons Committee report on Adult Social Care

    Carers UK responds to House of Commons Committee report on Adult Social Care

    The cross party Communities and Local Government Committee has made several significant recommendations on increasing support for families and friends providing unpaid care as part of its report on adult social care.   The Committee’s recommendations on carers include:   ·  Extra funding is needed to enable councils to fulfil their duties to assess and […]

    31st March 2017 | By | Reply More
    Essex care homes will cease to exist without adequate financial support

    Essex care homes will cease to exist without adequate financial support

    Essex County Council’s proposed fee framework for people living in care homes is not adequate to keep homes open, according the sector.  With the introduction of the National Living Wage and residents with higher dependency care home providers are facing higher costs.  In some local authorities, such as Essex, it seems providers are expected to […]

    15th August 2016 | By | Reply More
    Care crisis as social care suffers a £950 million funding gap

    Care crisis as social care suffers a £950 million funding gap

    New Prime Minister Theresa May’s government needs urgently to get to grips with the unprecedented crisis enveloping social care, the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) warned, as figures released in a report from directors of adult social services across England reveal a £930 million funding gap for 2016/17.   The report says the flexibility given […]

    15th July 2016 | By | Reply More
    Age UK comments on social care funding gap

    Age UK comments on social care funding gap

    “Despite the best efforts of councils to protect adult social services budgets, the latest ADASS survey continues to highlight the terrible and growing gap between the care needs of older people and the services available to meet them.   “Unless policy makers are willing to invest in the sector, thousands of older people and their […]

    13th July 2016 | By | Reply More
    ADASS responds to PAC Report on Personal Budgets in Social Care

    ADASS responds to PAC Report on Personal Budgets in Social Care

    Responding to the Public Accounts Committee report on personal budgets in adult social care, the President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, Harold Bodmer, said:   “This report rightly highlights the importance of personal budgets. They improve the choice and control that we have over our own care, and over our own […]

    9th June 2016 | By | Reply More
    Buckinghamshire opportunities centre opens offering support to adults with learning disabilities or dementia

    Buckinghamshire opportunities centre opens offering support to adults with learning disabilities or dementia

    Leading social care provider Buckinghamshire Care has officially opened its latest opportunities centre, which offers support to adults with learning disabilities and autism as well as older adults – including those with dementia.   Burnham Opportunities Centre, based on Minniecroft Road, is the latest development to open as part of Buckinghamshire County Council’s day opportunities […]

    16th May 2016 | By | Reply More
    ADASS name new President

    ADASS name new President

    The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services has introduced Harold Bodmer, Executive Director of Adult Social Services at Norfolk County Council, as its new President. He succeeds Ray James, Enfield Council’s Director of Health, Housing and Adult Social Care, who welcomed him to his new role at the Association’s annual Spring Seminar today.   […]

    19th April 2016 | By | Reply More
    CQC inspectors publish reports on 73 adult social care services in the Central region

    CQC inspectors publish reports on 73 adult social care services in the Central region

    CQC inspectors publish reports on 73 adult social care services in the Central region In the past week the Care Quality Commission has published a further 73 reports on the quality of care provided by adult social care services across the Central region. Following recent inspections, 49 of these care homes and homecare agencies have […]

    6th April 2016 | By | Reply More
    Engagement is Key to Happiness at Bield

    Engagement is Key to Happiness at Bield

    Tenants at Bield developments across Scotland are being promised a greater role in the running of the organisation thanks to the creation of new ‘people power’ forums and a national improvement group.   Following an initial trial period, Let’s Meet – an innovative meeting structure – will be rolled out across the 23 local authorities […]

    30th March 2016 | By | Reply More
    Government must address the chronic underfunding of adult social care – and quickly

    Government must address the chronic underfunding of adult social care – and quickly

    MPs were warned today that growing demand, new burdens and significant budget cuts meant that additional funding for adult social care was too little, and would come too late, to protect services for the most vulnerable. President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), Ray James, was giving evidence to the Health […]

    21st March 2016 | By | Reply More
    Have your say in developing mental health services for veterans in England

    Have your say in developing mental health services for veterans in England

    Developing mental health services for veterans in England Overview The NHS provides 12 mental health services across England specifically for veterans. They enable specialist staff to care for veterans with mental health needs, direct them to the most appropriate service and give them effective treatment.   The services started in 2010 after publication of Fighting […]

    3rd March 2016 | By | Reply More
    Rise in Council Tax will not only be too little, it will arrive too late

    Rise in Council Tax will not only be too little, it will arrive too late

    A rise in council tax will not be enough to cover the cost of elderly and disabled care because of higher staff costs, the body that represents local government has warned. The Local Government Association said nine out of 10 councils were considering, or had already approved, plans to raise an extra £372m in 2016/17 […]

    24th February 2016 | By | Reply More
    Supported living service in Suffolk is rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission

    Supported living service in Suffolk is rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission

    The Care Quality Commission has found the quality of care provided by ClarkeCare Limited (Suffolk) in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, to be Outstanding following an inspection carried out in September. ClarkeCare Limited (Suffolk) provides personal care and support for people aged 18 upwards living in their own homes. This includes supporting people following an illness […]

    31st December 2015 | By | Reply More
    Recognition for Bexhill hospital’s art work

    Recognition for Bexhill hospital’s art work

    Services users at the Langford Centre in Bexhill on Sea demonstrated their artistic talents once again to win recognition and a prestigious national award. Individuals within the hospital worked together to create several pieces of artwork, including a felt representation called ‘Life Journey’, to be entered into the 2015 Koestler Awards. The picture, which depicted […]

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