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4 September

Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England publishes final report

Recommendations include moving to a single, ring-fenced budget for the NHS and social care, with a single commissioner for local services.

04 September, 2014

3 September

Unsuitable housing leaves thousands of older people facing delays in being discharged from hospital

New report from Age UK, 'Housing in Later Life', calls on the Government to ensure that all new homes are built to the lifetime homes standard so they can be easily adapted as people age.

03 September, 2014

Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (England), Annual Report 2013-14

New report shows that deprivation of liberty safeguards had already risen 10 per cent ahead of Supreme Court ruling on 19 March 2014 which has led to a subsequent surge of cases in 2014/2015.

03 September, 2014

‘A vision for care fit for the twenty-first century…’

New report from Demos Commission on Residential Care recommends a number of measures including enshrining a broader, more accurate definition of ‘housing with care’ throughout government policy; greater co-location of care settings with other community services such as colleges; the expansion of CQC’s role in inspecting commissioning practices; and promoting excellence in the profession through the introduction of a license to practice and a living wage.

03 September, 2014

2 September

Disability Rights UK publishes new materials on making local communities inclusive

Materials, including guidance for disabled people's organisations and local authorities, designed to help meet obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Public Sector Equality Duty under the Equality Act.

02 September, 2014

1 September

Survey reveals lack of public confidence in care system

Results of survey by Care and Support Alliance - which represents 75 major charities - include that six in 10 people are not confident they will receive sufficient care, with proportion rising to seven in 10 for those aged over 60.

01 September, 2014

29 August

Couple awarded £10,000 compensation for delay of over two years in giving them a personal budget

Local Government Ombudsman also finds that the couple did not receive adequate housing advice and their housing application was not prioritised in accordance with the council's housing policy, and in addition the council continued to charge council tax on the couple's former home even though an exemption should have been applied.

29 August, 2014

26 August

Terry McCue, as guardian of her adult son Andrew McCue (AP) v Glasgow City Council

Court of Session judgment considers whether petition for judicial review was correct way to challenge local authority assessment of needs of man with Down syndrome, and decisions arising from that assessment.

26 August, 2014

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

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