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12 February, 2021

11 February, 2021

Government launches Health and Care white paper proposing stronger integration of health and social care services in England

New legislation will support Covid-19 recovery by ‘stripping away unnecessary legislative bureaucracy, empowering local leaders and services and tackling health inequalities’

10 February, 2021

Current social care model in Scotland is ‘unsustainable’, say MSPs

New report from Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee expresses concern that social care staff are undervalued, and calls for shift from 'crisis driven' approach towards preventative model

10 February, 2021

LSE study finds that budgetary constraints have led to ‘disconnect’ between objectives of Care Act 2014 and its implementation

Focusing on effect of Act on carers, study finds that, contrary to expectations, volume of assessments, numbers of carers accessing support, and expenditure on carer specific services have all decreased since 2014

4 February, 2021

Independent review of Scotland’s adult social care system calls for structural change including increased investment to enable removal of all charges for non-residential services

Greater investment in social care should form part of new narrative to replace 'crisis with prevention and wellbeing, burden with investment and variation with fairness’

4 February, 2021

Ombudsman criticises Cornwall Council for stopping direct payments without organising alternative care

Failure to make alternative arrangements meant daughter was compelled to continue providing care without payment for more than a year

29 January, 2021

Total value of deferred payment agreements with local authorities for adult social care exceeded £230m at end of 2019/2020

New NHS digital annual figures also show that more than half of the 6,000 plus agreements outstanding at year-end were started in the previous 12 months

25 January, 2021

Welsh Government launches social care white paper and consultation on ‘rebalancing’ care and support

White paper includes proposals for new ways of arranging and providing care and support and shifts focus of commissioning towards outcomes linked to quality of service and improved well-being

21 January, 2021 Open access

Welsh Government increases funding for Carers Support Fund to help more unpaid carers cope with extra costs of Covid-19

Open until 31 March 2021, the scheme’s funding has been increased by £250,000 to £1.25m

23 December, 2020

Select Committee calls for statutory Code of Practice on the Public Sector Equality Duty

Government urged to act as a result of the 'profoundly adverse effects' that the coronavirus pandemic has had on disabled people's access to services

21 December, 2020

21 December, 2020

8 December, 2020

Public Services Ombudsman in Wales issues special report criticising Cardiff Council for failing to comply with earlier recommendations regarding assessment of needs for vulnerable adult

Major public body's failure to take prompt and effective action to ensure that agreed recommendations are properly implemented is 'unacceptable', says Ombudsman

3 December, 2020

Government announces extra £68 million funding for Disabled Facilities Grants in England

New funding is in addition to the £505 million paid to councils in May 2020

27 November, 2020 Open access

Unpaid carers have been providing care worth more than £500m every day of the COVID-19 outbreak, Carers UK estimates

New research warns that government must urgently improve support to address impact of caring on carers’ health, finances, and wellbeing during the pandemic

26 November, 2020

Ombudsman criticises council for failure to assess likely harm of move to cheaper care home after self-funder’s money ran out

City Council also found to have left insufficient time to complete the process of moving the care home resident to accommodation within its budget limits

26 November, 2020

Ombudsman finds council failed to reassess self-funder’s increasing needs to maintain their home when their finances ran short

Disabled man was left to pay for some of his own care when capital reduced below self-funding threshold

24 November, 2020 Open access

Survey of more than 100 councils in England shows sharp increase in requests for social care during coronavirus pandemic

Without further funding, caring arrangements that millions rely on will break down and costs will be paid for by society and the economy, ADASS warns

23 November, 2020 Open access

One in seven older people have had social care support reduced or withdrawn since start of COVID-19 pandemic

Age UK says that social care was grossly underfunded before the pandemic and while the government’s emergency injection of funds has helped, it has simply not been enough