Tag: Social Care

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 […]

February 9, 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 […]

February 8, 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 […]

February 2, 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 […]

December 15, 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 […]

December 14, 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 […]

December 12, 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 […]

December 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
Autumn Statement grim news for social care and NHS says Nuffield Trust

Autumn Statement grim news for social care and NHS says Nuffield Trust

Commenting on the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement today, Prof John Appleby, Chief Economist of the Nuffield Trust health think-tank, said:   “The Chancellor’s failure to heed any of the calls for more money for social care means that vulnerable elderly and disabled people will pay the price.  Our calculations show there are already 400,000 fewer people […]

November 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
1.2 million older people not getting the social care they need

1.2 million older people not getting the social care they need

Numbers of older people who don’t get the social care they need soars to a new high of 1.2 million – up by a staggering 48 per cent since 2010. The numbers of older people in England who struggle without the help they need to carry out essential everyday tasks, such as getting out of […]

November 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
Adult social care inquiry launched as local authorities come under increasing pressure-Deadline approaches

Adult social care inquiry launched as local authorities come under increasing pressure-Deadline approaches

The Communities and Local Government Committee has launched an inquiry into the financial sustainability of local authority adult social care and the quality of care provided. Inquiry: Adult social care Communities and Local Government Committee   Is the funding available for adult social care sufficient? The Committee examines whether the funding available for adult social […]

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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 […]

July 15, 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 […]

July 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Damning evidence of social care under relentless pressure

Damning evidence of social care under relentless pressure

Figures released today have delivered the most damning evidence of the continued and unrelenting pressure social care, and the impact it has on people in hospital and needing care, to date.   The NHS England figures show that more people were confined to hospital beds in March, despite being medically fit enough to leave, than […]

May 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
As cuts in social care deepen Age UK says ‘It’s only going to get worse’

As cuts in social care deepen Age UK says ‘It’s only going to get worse’

Almost three million hospital bed days lost due to collapse of social care services. Almost three million (2,998,273) hospital bed days have been lost between June 2010 and January 2016, at a cost of £910 million, according to a new report by Age UK[i],[ii],[iii]. Age UK published the alarming figures on the day the Chancellor […]

March 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
CQC inspectors publish reports on 47 adult social care services in the North of England

CQC inspectors publish reports on 47 adult social care services in the North of England

CQC inspectors publish reports on 47 adult social care services in the North of England In the past week the Care Quality Commission has published a further 47 reports on the quality of care provided by adult social care services across the North that have been inspected under its new approach. Following recent inspections, 28 […]

January 4, 2016 | By | Reply More
Warnings over government Attendance Allowance plans

Warnings over government Attendance Allowance plans

Vicky McDermott, Chair of the Care and Support Alliance has responded to the planned government announcement on Attendance Allowance. Ms McDermott explained, “Attendance Allowance is a lifeline for over a million over 65 year olds and helps them to live independently. In many cases, people who receive attendance allowance will not automatically be in receipt […]

December 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
Government must ensure funding so carers and the people they care for do not lose out

Government must ensure funding so carers and the people they care for do not lose out

The Public Accounts Committee has raised fresh concerns about the cost burdens on councils and the impact of cuts in its latest report on the Care Act reforms. The Committee believes “carers and the people they care for may not get the services they need because of continuing reductions to local authority budgets and demand […]

December 3, 2015 | By | Reply More
How Spending Review will impact on Social Care-Analysis

How Spending Review will impact on Social Care-Analysis

Following George Osborne’s Autumn Statement and Spending Review Dr Rhidian Hughes, The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group chief executive, commented: Overall funding settlement “The social care funding settlement is woefully inadequate. The spending review offered Government a chance to put social care funding back on track financially yet this important opportunity has been lost. There is […]

November 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
Age UK makes its final appeal to Government in run-up to Spending Review with petition to save the ailing social care system

Age UK makes its final appeal to Government in run-up to Spending Review with petition to save the ailing social care system

Age UK makes its final appeal to Government in run-up to Spending Review with petition to save the ailing social care system   Today campaigners from Age UK will hand in a petition of over 50,000 signatures to Downing Street in a call for Government to put an end to its catastrophic cuts to adult […]

November 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
CQC fees rise spell disaster for a sector already on its knees

CQC fees rise spell disaster for a sector already on its knees

A huge increase of up to 300% and more in the fees care providers pay to the Care Quality Commission could spell disaster for the sector says The Independent Care Group (York and North Yorkshire). It is calling on the regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), to rethink its planned hike in fees or risk damaging social […]

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