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19 December

Caring for people in the last days and hours of life

New guidance from the Scottish government to support clinical and care staff who are planning and providing care during the last days and hours of life designed to ensure that patients and relatives are given the best support possible.

19 December, 2014

New powers to safeguard vulnerable children and adults in Wales

A legal obligation to report any child or adult believed to be at risk of abuse or neglect will be implemented in Wales in 2016 as part of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.

19 December, 2014

New Carers and Care Act Implementation Grant announced

£55.5m grant introduced to fund increase in carer's assessments and support wider Care Act implementation from April 2015.

19 December, 2014

18 December

Adult social care services in England that fail to improve will face closure

Care Quality Commission is seeking further views on the special measures proposal that services that fail to improve within a year of being rated as Inadequate Overall will face closure as part of plans to tackle failing care.

18 December, 2014

9 December

Community care statistics: social services activity in England 2013/2014

New statistics from the Health and Social Care Information Centre report on the social care activity of Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities in England.

09 December, 2014

Measures from the adult social care outcomes framework in England 2013/2014

New statistics from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show that the proportion of people using social care who receive self-directed support has increased from 29.2 per cent in 2010/2011 to 61.9 per cent in 2013/2-14.

09 December, 2014

Personal social services adult social care survey in England 2013/2014

New report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre that provides a detailed analysis of findings from the Adult Social Care Survey for 2013/2014, which seeks to learn more about how effectively services are helping service users to live safely and independently in their own homes, and the impact of services on their quality of life.

09 December, 2014

Personal social services expenditure and unit costs 2013/2014

New statistics from the Health and Social Care Information Centre that provide information about the money spent on adult social care by the social services departments of Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities in England.

09 December, 2014

8 December

Aspinall, Pepper and Ors, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for Work And Pensions

In new judgment, High Court dismisses claim for judicial review of government's decision to close the Independent Living Fund.

08 December, 2014

The Care Act 2014 (Commencement No.3) Order 2014

New statutory instrument commences provisions of the Care Act 2014 from 1st April 2015 relating to the establishment of a new body corporate called Health Education England.

08 December, 2014

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