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26 November

Scottish First Minister announces new ‘Programme for Government’

Policy and legislative priorities include an independent commission to report on fairer alternatives to the council tax by Autumn 2015; and more power for carers over the services that affect them through the Carers Bill.

26 November, 2014

25 November

J, R (on Application of) v Worcestershire County Council

New Court of Appeal judgment that considers whether a local authority's power to provide services under s.17 of the Children Act 1989 is limited to children in need who are physically present in the council's area at the time the services are provided.

25 November, 2014

20 November

Covert care camera guidance approved by Care Quality Commission

BBS reports that new guidance, which is expected to be published in the new year, covers the issues of privacy and dignity that should be considered before taking the step of using a covert camera.

20 November, 2014

19 November

New National Audit Office report on financial sustainability of local authorities

Report highlights cuts in spending on care and housing as cuts to funding from government lead to over a quarter of single tier and county councils making unplanned reductions in service spend to deliver their 2013-2014 budgets.

19 November, 2014

Local Government Ombudsman highlights case where care home has not complied with its recommendation

Case involving Rooks (Care Homes) Ltd shows how information it provides can help inform people's choices about care, says Ombudsman.

19 November, 2014

14 November

Care providers must make every effort to supply vulnerable clients with same sex carers

Local government ombudsman finds that, although it is not a legal requirement to provide same sex carers, where a request is made for valid reasons, a provider should make every effort to provide same sex care, and the Equality Act 2010 allows for the recruitment of staff of a specific sex as an occupational requirement.

14 November, 2014

Spending on agency social workers has increased by a third

Investigation by Community Care finds the average spend per council on temporary agency staff is £1.8 million, although there are regional variations with many Scottish and Welsh councils reporting almost no spending on agency workers and six out of the top ten biggest spending councils being in Greater London and the home counties.

14 November, 2014

11 November

Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014

New statutory instrument prescribes the kinds of activities that are regulated activities for the purposes of Part 1 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and requirements that apply in relation to the way in which those activities are carried on.

11 November, 2014

Third of councils have cut ‘meals on wheels’ altogether, says National Association of Care Catering

Guardian also reports that, according to the Association, total number of meals provided by UK meals on wheels services and lunch clubs has more than halved from 40m to 19m in the past decade.

11 November, 2014

Planning for Better Care Fund did not match scale of ambition, says National Audit Office

New report highlights that fund - which aims to deliver better, more joined-up local services to older and disabled people to keep them out of hospital and avoid long hospital stays - is expected to deliver £314m of savings for the NHS rather than the £1bn in early planning assumptions.

11 November, 2014

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