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Care industry bodies respond to the Competition and Marketing Care Home Market Study

Care industry bodies respond to the Competition and Marketing Care Home Market Study

The care homes sector is worth around £15.9 billion a year in the UK, with around 410,000 residents. The report calculates that there are around 5,500 different providers in the UK operating 11,300 care homes for the elderly. Around 95% of their beds are provided by the independent sector (both for-profit and charitable providers). Local […]

30th November 2017 | By | Reply More
Request for cross-party action on social care ignored in Budget 2017

Request for cross-party action on social care ignored in Budget 2017

Today’s budget has completed a nasty double-whammy for the country’s oldest and most vulnerable, a social care group says. Philip Hammond’s budget speech contained no mention of social care, despite figures showing that the number of older and vulnerable adults going without the care they need has shot up to 1.2m. This follows hot on […]

22nd November 2017 | By | Reply More
1.2 million people going without the social care they need-State of Care

1.2 million people going without the social care they need-State of Care

Frustrated care providers say a lack of action on funding means the number of older and vulnerable adults going without the care they need has shot up to 1.2m. The State of Care report released today by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) reports that care homes are closing and homecare providers are handing back contracts because […]

10th October 2017 | By | Reply More
Will Green Paper on social care deliver much needed action for care sector?

Will Green Paper on social care deliver much needed action for care sector?

Unheeded warnings over the state of social care have left the care of our oldest and most vulnerable adults in danger, a providers’ group warned today. The Independent Care Group says it has been warning for more than a decade that underfunding would eventually mean people going without the care they need in care homes […]

26th September 2017 | By | Reply More
Better funding for social care needed now to avoid staffing crisis

Better funding for social care needed now to avoid staffing crisis

A leading social care group has warned that any predicted increases in NHS pay must be matched by better funding for the independent care sector to avoid a worsening of the current staffing crisis in the sector. The Independent Care Group today welcomed reports that the government is expected to end the freeze on public […]

5th September 2017 | By | Reply More
Fears grow that Brexit could cause staff shortages in social care

Fears grow that Brexit could cause staff shortages in social care

A Dorset care provider has spoken out over fears escalating recruitment problems and vacancy rates in the care system could get worse after Britain leaves the European Union. Brian Westlake, chairman of Dorset and Somerset care organisation Altogether Care said: “Social care has benefited from free movement of labour across the EU, hence the vision of […]

2nd August 2017 | By | Reply More
Independent Care Group tell CQC Chief Inspector they are committed to drive up care standards

Independent Care Group tell CQC Chief Inspector they are committed to drive up care standards

Social care providers have told a leading sector regulator that they are committed to driving up standards but are being hampered by funding shortages and the ability to recruit nursing and care staff. Members of the Independent Care Group, meeting at their AGM in York, told Andrea Sutcliffe, CQC Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, […]

25th July 2017 | By | Reply More
Independent Care Group welcomes Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care to AGM

Independent Care Group welcomes Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care to AGM

Social care providers from across the region are set to quiz a leading regulator on how they can raise standards whilst coping with the current financial crisis in the sector. The Independent Care Group is currently holding its AGM (today July 24th) and will welcome Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, with the sector’s regulatory body, the […]

24th July 2017 | By | Reply More
Care operators offer government advice to solve social care crisis

Care operators offer government advice to solve social care crisis

Social care providers today offered their help and advice to the Government to solve the crisis in caring for our oldest and most vulnerable people. The Independent Care Group says it welcomes the Government’s call for cross-party action to tackle the big issues like social care, Brexit and terrorism. Chair Mike Padgham has written to […]

11th July 2017 | By | Reply More
Calls to end austerity as cuts mean 1.2m people going without much needed social care

Calls to end austerity as cuts mean 1.2m people going without much needed social care

A leading social care group today called on the Government to end austerity for the country’s oldest and most vulnerable people. The Independent Care Group says the Government must end the crisis in social care which currently sees more than 1.2m people going without the care they need. Their warning comes after the Association of […]

4th July 2017 | By | Reply More
Care providers look for clarity on social care following General Election

Care providers look for clarity on social care following General Election

The Independent Care Group says the country needs urgent clarity on how the government is going to tackle social care and help the 1.2m people currently living without the care they need. A rapid resolution of the political leadership of the UK is urgent, so that a new Government can build a consensus to secure […]

9th June 2017 | By | Reply More
Call to local authorities to ensure extra social care money gets to frontline

Call to local authorities to ensure extra social care money gets to frontline

Regional care providers are urging their local authorities to ensure extra money announced in the budget actually gets through to frontline care services. The Independent Care Group is calling on both City of York and North Yorkshire County councils to revisit the fees they pay to providers after the Chancellor announced an extra £2bn for […]

23rd March 2017 | By | Reply More
Budget 2017 brings an extra £2bn for social care-Comments

Budget 2017 brings an extra £2bn for social care-Comments

Chancellor Philip Hammond has delivered his first Budget, which the Treasury says will prepare Britain for a “new chapter” in its history after Brexit. The Local Government Association says councils with responsibility for social care are facing a funding gap of £2.6bn by 2020 and the entire system stands on the “brink of collapse” without an […]

8th March 2017 | By | Reply More
Chancellor misses opportunity to address the needs of the vulnerable, elderly and disabled

Chancellor misses opportunity to address the needs of the vulnerable, elderly and disabled

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP has today delivered the final Autumn Statement confirming that from now it would be replaced by a Spring Statement. The content of the statement has been met with shock and dismay with care providers and social care associations claiming the Government has betrayed the elderly and vulnerable […]

23rd November 2016 | By | Reply More
CQC’s State of Care report shows underfunding is bringing care to tipping point-comments

CQC’s State of Care report shows underfunding is bringing care to tipping point-comments

Elderly and vulnerable people are having difficulty accessing high-quality care as local authorities slash funding and raise the eligibility criteria and social care and care home operator fees increasing, the strain is now palpable. Today’s CQC annual report State of Care confirms to many organisations involved in care that entire care sector including the NHS is […]

13th October 2016 | By | Reply More
North Yorkshire carers urged to join survival fight

North Yorkshire carers urged to join survival fight

Social care providers and people across York and North Yorkshire are being urged to join the fight to get the Government to put more money into the care of older and vulnerable adults in their own home. The Independent Care Group (York and North Yorkshire) is urging all homecare providers and the public to sign […]

8th October 2015 | By | Reply More
Yorkshire pair up for highly respected British care award

Yorkshire pair up for highly respected British care award

The Independent Care Group is delighted to announce that its Chair and Chief Executive have been named as finalists for a top national award. Mike Padgham, Chair, and Keren Wilson, Chief Executive, are joint finalists for the Outstanding Contribution accolade at the LaingBuisson Awards. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony hosted by […]

1st October 2015 | By | Reply More
Living wage and a fairer deal with NHS dominate care conference

Living wage and a fairer deal with NHS dominate care conference

The need for social care to be given equal billing with the NHS and to pay carers a decent living wage dominated discussion at a major sector conference. Speaker after speaker at the 10th anniversary conference for the Independent Care Group (York and North Yorkshire) called for fairer funding for the care of older and […]

8th October 2014 | By | Reply More
Praise as care group holds 10-year milestone conference

Praise as care group holds 10-year milestone conference

Leading figures in social care have paid tribute to an influential providers’ group ahead of its 10th anniversary conference. The Independent Care Group (York and North Yorkshire) will mark its milestone year with a special conference and exhibition in York today, Tuesday 7th October. Some top names in the sector have praised the contribution it […]

6th October 2014 | By | Reply More
Archbishop of York to speak at major care conference

Archbishop of York to speak at major care conference

The Archbishop of York and the head of the body that inspects social care businesses are just two of the key speakers taking centre stage at a major conference in York next month. The Archbishop, Dr John Sentamu, is expected to speak about the need for a living wage to be paid to care workers, […]

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