Tag: Social Care

Lack of social care funding for those with dementia is an embarrassment and a travesty- Budget 2017

Lack of social care funding for those with dementia is an embarrassment and a travesty- Budget 2017

Responding to a lack of funding for social care in today’s budget, Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “The extra money for the NHS is hugely needed, but by neglecting social care the Government is just filling up a bucket with holes in it. “They have ducked an opportunity today – to put […]

22nd November 2017 | 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
Damian Green announces Green Paper to lay out plans to reform care and support

Damian Green announces Green Paper to lay out plans to reform care and support

The First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office, Damian Green, has announced today that the Government will publish a Green Paper on care and support for older people by Summer 2018. The Paper will set out plans for how Government proposes to improve care and support for older people and tackle the […]

16th November 2017 | By | Reply More
Social care and local authorities face a ‘perfect storm’ in funding

Social care and local authorities face a ‘perfect storm’ in funding

ADASS SURVEY: MORE THAN HALF OF COUNCILS TO OVERSPEND ADULT SOCIAL CARE BUDGETS THIS YEAR AND FACE PAYING TOWARDS A £270m BACKPAY BILL More than half of councils expect to overspend their adult social care budgets this year by up to nearly £21 million each, while all local authorities face having to help pay a […]

12th October 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Could the social care issue bring down government?

Could the social care issue bring down government?

Outgoing UKHCA chair Mike Padgham signed off from the organisation with a warning that failing to act on the current crisis in social care could bring down a government. In his last speech to the UKHCA’s Annual General Meeting, after nine years as its chair, Mr Padgham said: “Though they might not realise it yet, […]

10th October 2017 | By | Reply More
User and community-owned care poorly understood, new research finds

User and community-owned care poorly understood, new research finds

The growing desire for user and community-led approaches to social care is being held back by a lack of understanding of how to make them work, says a report described as a ‘wake-up call’, published today. Read here With social care in need of transformation and political parties focused on finding solutions, the new report […]

27th July 2017 | By | Reply More
Additional support for social care providers announced by government today

Additional support for social care providers announced by government today

The government today announced it has temporarily suspended enforcement activity and is waiving historic financial penalties against employers concerning sleep-in shift pay in the social care sector. Ministers have worked closely with the sector in response to concerns over the combined impact which financial penalties and arrears of wages could have on the stability and […]

26th July 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
ADASS responds to Jeremy Hunt’s written statement on Delayed Transfers of Care

ADASS responds to Jeremy Hunt’s written statement on Delayed Transfers of Care

Last night Jeremy Hunt speech on delayed transfers of care confirmed how social care and NHS funding to support integration is to be spent.  He said: ‘I would like to update the House about action we are taking to address delayed discharges from hospital in advance of this winter. Last year there were 2.25 million […]

4th July 2017 | By | Reply More
Alzheimer’s Society responds to the Queen’s Speech

Alzheimer’s Society responds to the Queen’s Speech

Following the Queen’s speech today, Alzheimer’s Society’s Chief Executive, Jeremy Hughes, welcomes the pledge for a consultation on social care – but warns the promise of a consultation cannot be used to delay action. We urgently need workable solutions to the crisis in dementia care. In a YouGov poll carried out on Wednesday 14 June, […]

21st June 2017 | By | Reply More
Alzheimer’s Society warns that ‘dementia tax’ policy must be tackled

Alzheimer’s Society warns that ‘dementia tax’ policy must be tackled

Ahead of the Queen’s speech tomorrow, the UK’s leading dementia charity is warning Prime Minister Theresa May that the ‘dementia tax’ must be tackled, as public outrage and fear over the state of social care refuses to abate.    In a YouGov poll carried out on Tuesday 14 June (1), social care came out above […]

20th June 2017 | By | Reply More
Chronic social care problems run deeper than zero hours contracts

Chronic social care problems run deeper than zero hours contracts

Social care providers have blasted the practice of “zero hours commissioning” by local authorities across Wales.   According to Care Forum Wales, the way domiciliary care was procured and the tendering processes that were unfit for purpose meant that zero hours contracts were the only viable option in many cases.     Even so, the […]

14th June 2017 | By | Reply More
Continuous lack of planning in social care puts NHS sustainability in jeopardy

Continuous lack of planning in social care puts NHS sustainability in jeopardy

The House of Lords Select Committee on the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS has slammed the ‘short-sightedness’ of successive governments for failing to plan effectively for the long-term future of the health service and adult social care. The long-term future of the NHS is an increasing public concern, with a record 55% of people saying […]

5th April 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
What does Nickileaks mean for other social care providers and councils?

What does Nickileaks mean for other social care providers and councils?

24 hours and we still haven’t heard exactly how Surrey council have been able to cancel a proposed referendum to hike their council tax by 15 per cent. An amount that the council said was needed to cover the impending gap in social care. Up to Tuesday this was nailed on and it didn’t bode […]

9th February 2017 | By | Reply More
As Better Care Fund fails to deliver have lessons been learned for the future?

As Better Care Fund fails to deliver have lessons been learned for the future?

“Integrating the health and social care sectors is a significant challenge in normal times, let alone times when both sectors are under such severe pressure. So far, benefits have fallen far short of plans, despite much effort. It will be important to learn from the over-optimism of such plans when implementing the much larger NHS […]

8th February 2017 | By | Reply More
Care providers invited to give their opinion on Brexit and migrant workers

Care providers invited to give their opinion on Brexit and migrant workers

Launch of Inquiry by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration: “Beyond the highly skilled – The Needs of other Economic Migration Stakeholders” The All-Parliamentary Party Group (APPG) for Migration today launched an official inquiry into the effects of Brexit on immigration. The theme of the inquiry – Beyond the highly skilled – the needs of […]

2nd February 2017 | By | Reply More
Is the Government’s plan to pay for social care “insane economics and bad social policy”

Is the Government’s plan to pay for social care “insane economics and bad social policy”

‘This latest quick fix may be too late to solve the care funding crisis,’ says National Care Association Chairman, Nadra Ahmed OBE. In response to speculation of a council tax rise that the Government hopes will plug the black hole in social care, Mrs Ahmed, who represents independent care providers across the country, said, ‘The […]

15th December 2016 | By | Reply More
GMB calls to end lottery on how social care is funded

GMB calls to end lottery on how social care is funded

GMB CALL FOR PLAN TO END LOTTERY OF HOW SOCIAL CARE IS FUNDED AND MAKE SURE THE ELDERLY AND VULNERABLE ARE PAID FOR FROM GENERAL TAXATION It is a complete lottery as to who among the 1 in 15 of UK residents will end up in a care home. What should not be a lottery is how […]

14th December 2016 | By | Reply More
Cross-party talks needed to explore social care crisis

Cross-party talks needed to explore social care crisis

In response to reports that the Prime Minister is set to relax the rules on council tax rises in an attempt to help fund social care, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, the older people’s charity said:   “The level of calls across the social care sector for the government to take action has […]

12th December 2016 | By | Reply More
Social care providers and local authorities must work together to ease NHS care crisis-Comment

Social care providers and local authorities must work together to ease NHS care crisis-Comment

A social care leader is calling for the authorities to put prejudice about the private sector to one side to solve the crisis facing the NHS this winter. Mario Kreft MBE, the Chair of Care Forum Wales, stressed the need for everybody to work in partnership following the publication of a report by the Welsh […]

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