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20 October, 2010

Government axes plan to extend free prescriptions for people with long term conditions

Spending Review announces that some programmes announced by the previous government will not be taken forward 'to ensure spending is focused on priorities'.

20 October, 2010

Grant funding for social care to be increased by an additional £1 billion

Government announces additional funds to be made available by the fourth year of the Spending Review.

18 October, 2010

Funding settlement must facilitate more positive and progressive approaches to social care

Social care reform is at a critical point in its history, says Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

15 October, 2010

14 October, 2010

Independent Living Fund ‘reprieve’ welcomed by disability sector

Body is one of 40 quangos whose future is still under consideration, reports Community Care.

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