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14 August

870,000 older people ‘do not receive crucial care help’, says Age UK

New research shows that that nearly a third of people who have difficulty in carrying out some essential activities of daily life do not receive any help formally from care workers or informally from family, friends or neighbours.

14 August, 2014

12 August

Scottish Government allocates £518,000 to alleviate food poverty

Money to support 26 projects across Scotland providing services that include increasing food provision, promoting healthy eating, benefits and other advice and linking food providers across a local area.

12 August, 2014

8 August

Most local authorities will not ringfence Independent Living Fund resources

Disability Rights UK reports that freedom of information inquiries it made to local authorities highlghts that most do not have robust plans to ring-fence resources for social care support to people who would have received ILF support.

08 August, 2014

7 August

Additional £5 million health and social care funding announced in Scotland

Funding, which will be targeted at seven health boards, will aid further development of intermediate care, helping people to stay in their own home instead of going into hospital in the first place, and services that support people to regain their independence so they can return home sooner after a hospital stay.

07 August, 2014

X & Ors (Deprivation of Liberty)

Preliminary judgment from President of Court of Protection which considers the practical and procedural implications for the Court of Protection of the large increase in its case-load which will follow in consequence of the Supreme Court's decision considering deprivation of liberty safeguards.

07 August, 2014

Labour would integrate social care and health to fund NHS shortfall

Joining up services would help prevent cost to NHS of delayed discharge from hospital due to a lack of home adaptation, according to Shadow Care Minister Liz Kendall

07 August, 2014

Nine out of ten councils warn that lack of government funding could jeopardise Care Act

Local Government Association reports that a major concern for councils is uncertainty over the number of people who are paying for their own care who could now request an assessment under the new system to limit the care costs they have to meet.

07 August, 2014

5 August

Housing (Scotland) Act 2014

New legislation that makes provision about housing in Scotland, including in relation to the abolition of the right to buy, social housing, the law affecting private housing, the regulation of letting agents and the licensing of sites for mobile homes.

05 August, 2014

4 August

Wales introduces ‘modernised and streamlined’ system for social services complaints

New two stage system in force from 1 August 2014 involves simplified process and changes to guidance for local authorities to make it easier to understand.

04 August, 2014

Government announces £175m to meet cost of Care Act assessment burden

Communitycare.org.uk reports that money will fund assessments of self-funders in 2015-16 ahead of introduction of 'cap' on care costs in April 2016.

04 August, 2014

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