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30 June, 2010

Five million adults, aged 16 or over, now act as a carer

New NHS figures also show that the number caring for over 50 hours a week has doubled since 2001.

18 June, 2010

Independent Living Fund closes to new applications

Action taken to protect existing users and enable Fund to manage within allocated budgets for 2010/2011.

17 June, 2010

Counsel and Care publishes new guides for older people, families and carers

Information updated to reflect changes in legislation and policy affecting older people over the last year.

16 June, 2010

Low Incomes Tax Reform Group calls for tightening of draft ‘Right to Control’ regulations

Provision of good information and support is essential to give disabled people the best chances.

15 June, 2010

Welcome for EHRC’s inquiry into disability related harassment

Disabled people are more likely than the wider population to experience targeted violence or hostility, says Citizens Advice.

14 June, 2010

76% of carers don’t have a life outside of their caring role says Carer’s UK

New research issued to launch Carers Week shows that, despite saving the UK £87 billion per year, most carers have had to give up leisure and social activities.

14 June, 2010

Equality and Human Rights Commission calls for evidence on disability related harassment

Inquiry launched into whether public bodies and transport providers are fulfilling obligations to prevent harassment.

10 June, 2010

Labour MP, Clive Beggs, elected Chair of Communities and Local Government Select Committee

MP for Sheffield South East will chair the Select Committee overseeing government policy on issues including housing, regeneration, social exclusion and local government.

7 June, 2010

Care Quality Commission consults on revised enforcement policy

Document sets out principles to be utilised in using powers in the Health and Social Care Act 2008.

1 June, 2010

27 May, 2010

Government confirms funding to support the personalisation agenda will not be cut

£237m social care reform grant to local authoritites will remain in place.

24 May, 2010

Whether workforce development can meet care home residents’ future care needs

New research published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

21 May, 2010

Carers UK welcomes announcement of commission on long-term care

Charity responds to publication of government's plans for reforming the social care system.

20 May, 2010

Local Government Association responds to ‘Big Society’ programme

A radical devolution of power to local authorities will help make vital services even more responsive to people’s needs, says Chairman.

20 May, 2010

New government announces it will not be commencing provisions in the Personal Care at Home Act

However, independent commission to be established to advise on funding long term care.

20 May, 2010

Coalition publishes its ‘programme for government’

Historic document sets out the government's policies on key areas and highlights the urgency of reforming the social care system.

20 May, 2010

Social workers must lead support for asylum-seeking families, says Children’s Society

New report on the 'West Midland's Destitute Project' outlines services that should be provided to families.

19 May, 2010

Government announces how it intends to ‘Build the Big Society’

Coalition publishes new policy designed to 'put more power into people's hands'.

19 May, 2010

Changes to Care Quality Commission’s assessment of adult social care services

New system to be developed to replace quality ratings for registered social care services.