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12 November, 2019

IPPR puts forward reform agenda for transforming adult social care

Report identifies three main drivers of quality - funding, the workforce, and the provider market - and makes recommendations for each

11 November, 2019

Billions of pounds of additional funding needed to meet the rising costs of adult social care, says IFS

Even if current forecast funding is spent in full, spending per person will be 20 per cent lower in 2020/2021 than it was in 2009/2010

1 November, 2019

Ombudsman finds Somerset Council at fault for failing to increase direct payments to cover costs of paying carer to administer them

Case also highlights catalogue of other faults including inadequate and delayed assessment of care needs, a failure to address needs for short breaks and a failure to consider the woman's needs when her carers were away

24 October, 2019

Sheffield City Council to review blue badge applications following Ombudsman investigation

Case highlights the dangers of using a box-ticking approach to assessing peoples’ eligibility for council services, says Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman,

22 October, 2019

22 October, 2019

Requests for adult social care have increased 3.8 per cent over the last year

New statistics from NHS Digital report that this equates to an extra 195 requests per day over the last year

16 October, 2019

SNP pledges to scrap non-residential social care charges for all

First Minister says new policy will be implemented over the next parliament if she is re-elected

15 October, 2019

Government’s failure to agree social care funding model continues to drive instability in sector, CQC warns

Annual assessment of health and care quality highlights increasing number of care providers are choosing not to take on people funded by local authorities

14 October, 2019

Commitment to bring forward proposals to reform adult social care in England set out in Queen’s Speech

‘Substantive proposals’ will be brought forward to fix the crisis in social care, says government

10 October, 2019

Council found to be at fault for failing to reassess disabled woman’s care plan for five years

Ombudsman says the woman, who has autism, was left without proper support and the out of date plan was directly linked to the termination of care provision

9 October, 2019

Independent Age calls on government to introduce a statutory appeals process for adult social care

New research shows that the majority of local authorities rely on a complaints process which can be unfit for purpose

4 October, 2019

Consultation launched on Spending Review 2019 and proposals that provide ‘significant’ extra resources for social care

Government sets out details of £1.5bn additional funding it is making available for social care provision in 2020/2021

1 October, 2019

Scottish Government consults on its policies for unpaid carers

Strategic Policy Statement aims to maximise the benefits from national policies and approaches intended to support carers

23 September, 2019

Labour Party pledges to introduce free personal care for all older people in England

New policy will cost an estimated £6 billion in 2020/2021 and double the number of people receiving state funded care

19 September, 2019

State should build and operate new residential care homes, says IPPR

New report also calls for powerful new care regulator to oversee the financial regulation of medium and large providers

19 September, 2019

Social care providers found at fault in two thirds of social care complaints to Ombudsman

Annual Review of Adult Social Care Complaints highlights that many complaints are driven by attempts to ration scarce resources

12 September, 2019

‘Already fragile’ social care market could be significantly impacted by a no deal Brexit

Government's 'Operation Yellowhammer' highlights risk of 'provider failure' following EU exit

4 September, 2019

Government announces it is making up to £1.5bn additional social care funding available in Spending Round 2019

One year settlement for 2020/2021 includes £1bn additional grant plus potential for councils to access a further £0.5bn

4 September, 2019

Ombudsman investigates council a third time after it fails to complete agreed actions following disabled woman’s complaints about care assessment

Staffordshire County Council failed to make adequate service improvements and did not apologise or pay redress to agreed timescales