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16 June, 2022

Department of Health and Social Care publishes response to consultation on supporting local authorities to prepare for implementing the cap on social care costs ahead of its October 2023 rollout

While local authorities and other stakeholders have highlighted significant concerns, government says that respondents were generally supportive of the policy principles and the aims of the reforms

9 June, 2022

Ombudsman recommends council pays £3,000 compensation to stroke survivor after taking 12 months to set up direct payments to fund her care

Worcestershire Council found at fault for taking too long to complete a care assessment and for then blaming the disabled person for not co-operating with its officers

6 June, 2022

Welsh Government confirms allocation of £4.5 million to continue the Carers Support Fund for a further three years

Continuation of funding will provide grants of up to £300 to carers to pay for food and basic essential items during the cost of living crisis

1 June, 2022

Almost 200,000 additional financial and care needs assessments will be needed as a result of government’s social care reforms

County Councils Network report highlights likely shortfall in proposed funding to meet this and other impacts of the reforms, and calls for a phased introduction to give local authorities enough time to mitigate challenges they present

20 May, 2022

Ombudsman highlights good practice recommendations for local authorities and local service providers to promote equal access for people with disabilities

Using examples of poor practice complaints investigations, Ombudsman draws out key message that services must anticipate needs of people with disabilities so that 'needs can be met before they even come through the door, pick up the phone or write a letter'

13 May, 2022

ADASS research finds that more than half a million adults are now waiting for social care assessments, services or reviews in England

Survey of local authorities reveals seven-fold increase in number of hours of care that could not be delivered due to staff shortages since Spring 2021

3 May, 2022

28 April, 2022

Government to introduce ‘watered down’ cap on social care costs after Health and Care Bill receives Royal Assent

While government's proposed amendment to the cap was voted against by peers during the Bill's passage through Parliament, final motion to remove it defeated in the House of Lords

27 April, 2022

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic service users and carers in Wales call into question assumptions made by social services about them, their ethnicity, and their cultural background

New evaluation also highlights an 'overall sense' that people are being let down by social services and that the provision of services 'lacks compassion and empathy'

25 April, 2022

Government urged to remove the ‘cap on care costs for charging purposes’ clause from the Health and Care Bill

Failure to act will fatally undermine the purpose of the government's social care reforms and produce highly inequitable results, say charities

11 April, 2022

£9 million short breaks fund set up to provide respite for unpaid carers in Wales

Announcing the new funding, Minister invites third sector organisations to submit expressions of interest for national coordinating role to establish and oversee the scheme

6 April, 2022

5 April, 2022

4 April, 2022

Adult Social Care Committee seeks views on changes needed to create a ‘fair, resilient and sustainable’ care system in England

Committee encourages evidence from a wide range of witnesses, particularly those who draw on care and support, and those who care for them

31 March, 2022

Carers UK welcomes government-backed amendment to Health and Care Bill to retain rights of unpaid carers to be involved in hospital discharge planning

Change in government's position follows House of Lords' consideration of the Bill that raised concerns that the Bill as originally drafted would remove existing rights

31 March, 2022

Enabling nominated relatives or friends to be directly involved in day-to-day care and support of adult care home residents in Scotland

Scottish Government says changes to national Health and Social Care Standards put 'Anne's Law' into practical effect pending the introduction of legislation

31 March, 2022

Integrated Care Fund has been instrumental in stimulating integrated working across health, social care, housing and the third sector in Wales

New evaluation also finds that projects supported by the Fund are making a positive, often transformational, difference to people in terms of health and wellbeing

25 March, 2022

Government announces five ‘trailblazer’ local authorities in England that will put new social care charging reforms in place ahead of their national rollout in October 2023

Reforms, that include a more generous means test for local authority financial support and a lifetime cap on care costs, will be tested from January 2023 to help ensure a 'smooth transition from the current charging system'