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3 December, 2020

Government announces extra £68 million funding for Disabled Facilities Grants in England

New funding is in addition to the £505 million paid to councils in May 2020

27 November, 2020 Open access

Unpaid carers have been providing care worth more than £500m every day of the COVID-19 outbreak, Carers UK estimates

New research warns that government must urgently improve support to address impact of caring on carers’ health, finances, and wellbeing during the pandemic

26 November, 2020

Ombudsman criticises council for failure to assess likely harm of move to cheaper care home after self-funder’s money ran out

City Council also found to have left insufficient time to complete the process of moving the care home resident to accommodation within its budget limits

26 November, 2020

Ombudsman finds council failed to reassess self-funder’s increasing needs to maintain their home when their finances ran short

Disabled man was left to pay for some of his own care when capital reduced below self-funding threshold

24 November, 2020 Open access

Survey of more than 100 councils in England shows sharp increase in requests for social care during coronavirus pandemic

Without further funding, caring arrangements that millions rely on will break down and costs will be paid for by society and the economy, ADASS warns

23 November, 2020 Open access

One in seven older people have had social care support reduced or withdrawn since start of COVID-19 pandemic

Age UK says that social care was grossly underfunded before the pandemic and while the government’s emergency injection of funds has helped, it has simply not been enough

6 November, 2020 Open access

Government’s coronavirus response needs increased focus on care provision in the home and support for family carers as we enter winter months

Directors of Adult Social Services call for discrete new winter funding, including £1.2 billion for family carer breaks

5 November, 2020

More than two-fifths of unpaid carers in Wales are unaware they are entitled to a Carers Needs Assessment

New research finds that only 15 per cent of carers had received an assessment in the year up to March 2020

22 October, 2020

Health and Social Care Committee warns that doing nothing to fix social care funding crisis is ‘no longer an option’

However, while calling for £7bn annual increase in funding as a starting point, MPs say that full cost of adequate funding is likely to run to tens of billions of pounds

22 October, 2020

Council criticised for not including visually impaired man’s need for support to access the community as part of his care plan

Ombudsman highlights that, where there is an identified support need, there is a legal right to have help provided

20 October, 2020 Open access

Welsh Government launches Carers Support Fund to provide grants of up to £300 to help unpaid carers cope with extra costs of COVID-19

Open until 31 March 2021, the £1m funding also marks the launch of a public consultation on a new Carers' National Plan for Wales

16 October, 2020 Open access

COVID-19 is magnifying social care inequalities and risks turning ‘fault lines into chasms’

Pandemic has exposed and exacerbated existing funding and staffing problems despite short-term interventions during the outbreak, says Care Quality Commission

15 October, 2020

Ombudsman finds London Council at fault for multiple failings in its Blue Badge assessment processes

Fault found in refusal decisions based on incomplete evidence of walking ability, and a failure to allow repeat applications after new rules for 'hidden disabilities' were introduced

8 October, 2020

More than £1 million of care home charges to be refunded to around 160 self-funding residents following Competition and Markets Authority investigation

Majority of residents affected will be due compensation of as much as £300 per week on account of unfair charges linked to receipt of NHS Continuing Healthcare funding

8 October, 2020

Ombudsman issues new guidance to local authorities in England on effective complaint handling

Guide offers 'practical, real-world advice and guidance' on running a complaints system to ensure it supports complainants and helps improve services

8 October, 2020

Ombudsman recommends council pays £500 compensation to disabled woman for distress caused by its mishandling of her student council tax exemption application

Investigation concludes Calderdale Council caused injustice through ‘constant and often wrong demands’ that increased anxiety and made autistic claimant ill

7 October, 2020 Open access

Scottish Government confirms that it intends to suspend provisions of Coronavirus Act that allow for easement of local authority duties to assess care and support needs

Survey of the extent of the operation of the powers at a local level has demonstrated that few councils have needed to use the powers, says Cabinet Secretary

6 October, 2020 Open access

Welsh Government launches consultation on whether to maintain or suspend Coronavirus Act easement of duties to assess and meet needs for care and support

Views sought by 2 November 2020 following last week's House of Commons vote in favour of retaining the time-limited easement