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14 October, 2010

Training and support services for carers given £4m boost

Care services minister reveals details of awareness-raising and capacity-building projects after the closure of the Caring with Confidence programme.

13 October, 2010

Government publishes response to Right to Control consultation

Work and Pensions Minister also announces laying of draft regulations in Parliament.

12 October, 2010

12 October, 2010

8 October, 2010

Housing Renewal Grants (Prescribed form and Particulars) (Revovation) (England) Regulations 2010

New regulations which remove the requirement for applications for Disabled Facilities Grants to be made in a specified format.

7 October, 2010

Retirement home companies exploiting older people

Report published by Age UK reveals growing numbers of older people and their families are angry at service charges and unfair fees.

7 October, 2010

6 October, 2010

Counsel and Care welcomes injection of cash for Re-ablement support for people leaving hospital

However, clarification of what reablement includes is required to ensure that councils don't charge older people for services they are entitled to recieve free from their primary care trust.

5 October, 2010

Ombudsman to hear complaints from those who fund their own social care

Self funders have previously had to rely on providers' own complaints procedure or the courts to settle disputes about their care, Community Care highlights.

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.