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Community care

25 January, 2024

24 January, 2024

Government to provide local authorities with additional £500 million funding for social care in 2024/2025

New money provided in response to 'unprecedented challenges' faced by local authorities, including high inflation and legacy of Covid-19

18 January, 2024

Amerdeep Somal appointed as the new Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

DLUHC confirms that Ms Somal will take up the post from 1 February 2024, replacing Paul Najsarek

22 December, 2023

Public Accounts Committee launches call for evidence on reforming adult social care in England

Views sought on issues including the risks that will prevent reform, funding and the government's revised plans for system change

20 December, 2023

Independent Living Fund to reopen to new applicants in Scotland

Scottish Government confirms that additional funding of £9 million will support 1,000 new applicants

19 December, 2023

Government proposes increasing social care grant to £4.5 billion in 2024/2025

However, DLUHC advises that this includes almost £2 billion saved from delaying the rollout of adult social care charging reform from October 2023

19 December, 2023

28 November, 2023

Ombudsman finds local authority at fault for services provided by nursing home that failed to take account of resident’s cultural needs

Council's inadequate assessment of cultural care needs also found to have played a part in causing significant hair, diet and skin problems for the resident

13 November, 2023

Victoria Atkins appointed as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Replacing Steve Barclay, MP for Louth and Horncastle moves to the new role from her previous post as Financial Secretary to the Treasury

10 November, 2023

More than £1 billion of the £1.74 billion the government committed to the reform of adult social care has been diverted to other care priorities

New report from NAO finds that government 'has much to do and must manage significant risks' if it is to achieve 10-year plan for reform set out in 2021 White Paper

8 November, 2023

Annual assessment of public services concludes that English councils are rationing adult social care through ‘subjective’ eligibility judgments

Institute for Government's 2023 Performance Tracker also highlights government's failure to increase the means tests for publicly funded care by inflation for more than a decade

3 November, 2023

Holyrood Committee launches inquiry into the Scottish direct payments system for community care services

MSPs call for views on whether the Act that introduced the system in April 2014 is producing the expected outcomes

2 November, 2023

Ombudsman recommends that council recalculates care home resident’s financial assessment after incorrectly applying notional capital rules

Decision follows complaint that the resident was treated as having capital that she had given away despite the council accepting that the money had not been gifted in order to avoid paying more care home fees

31 October, 2023

25 October, 2023

Department of Health and Social Care confirms Accelerating Reform Fund of more than £42 million will support new approaches to adult social care provision in England

Funding over two years will be awarded to consortia of local authorities that design at least one project dedicated to supporting unpaid carers

23 October, 2023

Law Commission launches review of 50-year-old laws on social care for disabled children in England

With the overarching aim of simplifying and strengthening the law, review will seek to ensure that the system is fair and works for children, parents and other care givers, and local authorities

20 October, 2023

Combination of the cost of living crisis and workforce pressures risks longer waits for health and social care, reduced access and poorer outcomes

CQC calls for a national social care workforce strategy to support the NHS Workforce Plan and address challenges of capacity, staffing and funding affecting the sector

27 September, 2023

Independent review of social care scrutiny in Scotland recommends wider regulation of social care staff

Review's recommendations also include updating of regulatory bodies' powers of intervention and enforcement and production of clear information for service users on how to raise concerns