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5 October, 2010

£70m support to help people in their homes after illness or injury

Health Secretary introduces "Re-ablement" packages for people leaving hospital to provide six weeks care and support to help them settle back into their homes.

1 October, 2010

Equality and diversity and older people with high support needs

Joseph Rowntree research considers the needs and situations of older people with high support needs from different equality groups, and the barriers they face in service provision.

24 September, 2010

Independent Living Fund facing abolition, with functions devolved to local councils

Fund awaits 'final decision' as almost 200 quangos to close as a result of coalition government reforms.

22 September, 2010

All social care recipients to be given control over their own budgets

Care Services Minister expected to announce expansion of scheme from November 2010.

22 September, 2010

Equality Act 2010

New Commencement Orders issued that bring into force specified provisions of the 2010 Act

21 September, 2010

Personal budget take-up is a disgrace, says Care Services Minister

Only 13% of adult service users in England have access to personal budgets.

17 September, 2010

Local councils facing shortfall equivalent to more than the entire adult social care budget

Local Government Association warns of risks to frontline services as a result of budget cuts in the government’s spending review.

17 September, 2010

Scottish Government publishes new guidance on the procurement of care and support services

Aim is to improve services for those needing care, and make the way care is bought more consistent.

15 September, 2010

Most English councils will not meet adult service users’ moderate care needs by next year

Eighty per cent likely to meet critical or substantial care needs only, according to new Community Care research.

15 September, 2010

Government cuts likely to lead to closure of Independent Living Fund

£360m care budget for disabled people to be reallocated through local councils, reports Community Care.

15 September, 2010

New Direct Payments regulations in England

Legislation removes requirement for local authorities to carry out a financial assessment when determining what amount is reasonably practicable for a direct payment recipient to pay towards securing the provision of residential accommodation.

15 September, 2010

Legislative framework for social care is outdated and needs modernising

Current piecemeal state of the law leads to confusion and inefficiencies for users, carers and professionals, government says in response to Law Commission consultation.

14 September, 2010

New statistics on guardianship under the Mental Health Act

New figures highlight decrease in the number of continuing guardianship cases for the fifth consecutive year.

14 September, 2010

Care Quality Commission streamlines its approach to assessment of quality

Focus will be on three key areas in 2010/2011: improved health and wellbeing; increased choice and control; and maintaining personal dignity and respect.

14 September, 2010

Some community mental health service users still not getting the care and support they need

However, people generally very positive about the health and social care workers they had seen most recently for their mental health condition, according to new research from the Care Quality Commission.

14 September, 2010

13 September, 2010

10 September, 2010

Government backs separate adult social care laws for England and Wales

Submission to the Law Commission's review of adult social care law also calls for fewer duties to be imposed on councils.

7 September, 2010