Tag: Social Care

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 […]

12th May 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 […]

16th March 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 […]

4th January 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 […]

17th December 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 […]

3rd December 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 […]

25th November 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 […]

23rd November 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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Alistair Burt MP leaps to challenge set by UKHCA

Alistair Burt MP leaps to challenge set by UKHCA

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NHS Confederation responds to party political manifestos

NHS Confederation responds to party political manifestos

Commenting on the publication of the party political manifestos, which include new commitments, arbitrary targets on increases for some staff groups and scant mention of social care funding, Rob Webster, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said:  “The NHS is facing some of the biggest service and financial challenges in its history. If we are […]

16th April 2015 | By | Reply More
Social care provider to create 100 in York

Social care provider to create 100 in York

SureCare is to create up to 100 new jobs in York to meet the demand of the UK’s ageing population. SureCare is looking to recruit care workers to provide personal care and support to a mix of council and private-paying clients in and around the city. The company, which is based in Devonshire Court, wants […]

9th April 2015 | By | Reply More
Social care must not become the victim of this election campaign

Social care must not become the victim of this election campaign

Without sustainable funding the most significant piece of social care legislation for decades is at risk of becoming a wasted opportunity, warns Alzheimer’s Society. As the Care Act comes into force today (Wednesday 1 April 2015), the charity is urging all political parties to commit sufficient funding to turn its provisions into a reality. They warn that […]

1st April 2015 | By | Reply More
Support for protection of adult social care funding among MPs will continue into next Parliament.

Support for protection of adult social care funding among MPs will continue into next Parliament.

Three quarters of MPs agree that adult social care funding from government should be protected in a similar way to the NHS for the next five years, a poll published today shows.   The survey carried out by ComRes and commissioned by the Local Government Association shows that the majority of MPs from all political […]

29th March 2015 | By | Reply More
Social care should be free at the end of life

Social care should be free at the end of life

In a report published today (Sunday 15 March), the Health Select Committee reviewed the state of end of life care since the independent review of the Liverpool Care Pathway, chaired by Baroness Neuberger. It makes a number of recommendations for improvement, including a recommendation that social care should be free at the end of life. […]

15th March 2015 | By | Reply More
Social Care Improvement: `no cause for complacency’

Social Care Improvement: `no cause for complacency’

A MAJOR REPORT into the quality and safety of adult social care services in England shows that sector-led improvement – the means by which local authorities review each others’ performance – is working well. However social care leaders have warned that “there are no grounds for complacency for either central or local government” in the […]

17th February 2015 | By | Reply More
Next budget must ring fence social care funding like NHS

Next budget must ring fence social care funding like NHS

Social care funding must be protected in the same way that it is for the NHS in the next Budget or another crisis such as the one seen this winter will be unavoidable, local government leaders are warning today.   The Local Government Association is calling on the Chancellor to use next month’s Budget to […]

16th February 2015 | By | Reply More
Failure to pay minimum wage leaves care workers £130m out of pocket

Failure to pay minimum wage leaves care workers £130m out of pocket

Social care workers are losing out on £130 million a year due to pay rates that are in breach of the National Minimum Wage, according to new analysis published today (Monday) by the independent think-tank the Resolution Foundation.   The analysis – part of a major investigation into improving pay in social care that will […]

9th February 2015 | By | Reply More
Invaluable care services are being cut to the bone leaving 1000’s of people without support

Invaluable care services are being cut to the bone leaving 1000’s of people without support

Spending on care for people aged 65 and over has fallen by a fifth in England over the last 10 years, analysis by the BBC shows today. The research showed £1,188 was being spent in 2003-4 per person over the age of 65. By 2013-14 that had fallen to £951 – a drop of 20 […]

28th January 2015 | By | Reply More
Figures support the devastating truth of the social care crisis

Figures support the devastating truth of the social care crisis

Age UK today publishes a social care ‘score card’ that shows despite rising demand from growing numbers of people in need of support, the amount spent on social care services for older people has fallen nationally by £1.1 billion (14.4 per cent) since 2010/11, even after accounting for additional funding from the NHS, and by […]

21st January 2015 | By | Reply More
£4.3 Billion funding hole in adult social care by end of decade

£4.3 Billion funding hole in adult social care by end of decade

Services for elderly and disabled residents are in danger of spiraling into crisis after new analysis reveals a £4.3 billion funding black hole by the end of this decade, social care experts are warning.   The Local Government Association (LGA) which represents more than 370 councils across England and Wales and the Association of Directors […]

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