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20 March, 2024

Years of fragmented funding and absence of clear roadmap have brought adult social care sector in England ‘to its knees’

Public Accounts Committee warns that recent increase in funding will do little to address challenges faced by sector in the absence of a well-funded multi-year strategy

20 March, 2024

Welsh Government confirms new National Office for Care and Support to be launched in April 2024

New body will work towards the development, implementation, and ongoing delivery of the National Care Service for Wales as part of programme to 'rebalance' care and support provision in the region

13 March, 2024

First ever parliamentary inquiry into young and young adult carers reveals lack of support is having a ‘devastating’ impact

APPG uncovers ‘alarming’ evidence that shows that 15,000 children, including 3,000 aged just five to nine, spend 50 hours or more a week looking after family members

13 March, 2024

If next government wants to ‘fix’ social care it must increase funding and reform system to make it fairer for service users and their carers

King's Fund annual state of adult social care in England report finds sector under 'intense pressure' as it faces record high of 2 million requests for care while users face tightening financial eligibility criteria

13 March, 2024

Carers Trust launches Young Carers Covenant with the aim of transforming the lives of more than a million children and young adult carers

Organisations encouraged to sign up to support young carers by identifying them early for support and promoting access to education, training and employment opportunities

7 March, 2024

23 February, 2024

MSPs say that the Scottish Government has so far been unable to articulate and communicate a model of how the proposed new National Care Service would operate

Parliamentary committee calls for more clarity on plans to develop the service before legislation can progress further

20 February, 2024

Welsh Government launches consultation on raising weekly maximum charge for adult non-residential care and support

Views sought on increasing current maximum charge of £100 to help address the increasing financial pressures on local authorities

9 February, 2024

Scotland’s First Minister appoints Neil Gray as new Health and Social Care Secretary

Appointment part of a mini-reshuffle following Cabinet Secretary Michael Matheson tendering his resignation yesterday

8 February, 2024

8 February, 2024

Ombudsman issues Adverse Findings Notice against care provider after it refused to refund family despite investigation finding serious issues with the care their relative recieved

Provider's suggestion that putting things right for the family would negatively impact the standards of care it provides to other residents is firmly rejected

29 January, 2024

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