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1 October, 2019

Scottish Government consults on its policies for unpaid carers

Strategic Policy Statement aims to maximise the benefits from national policies and approaches intended to support carers

23 September, 2019

Labour Party pledges to introduce free personal care for all older people in England

New policy will cost an estimated £6 billion in 2020/2021 and double the number of people receiving state funded care

19 September, 2019

State should build and operate new residential care homes, says IPPR

New report also calls for powerful new care regulator to oversee the financial regulation of medium and large providers

19 September, 2019

Social care providers found at fault in two thirds of social care complaints to Ombudsman

Annual Review of Adult Social Care Complaints highlights that many complaints are driven by attempts to ration scarce resources

12 September, 2019

‘Already fragile’ social care market could be significantly impacted by a no deal Brexit

Government's 'Operation Yellowhammer' highlights risk of 'provider failure' following EU exit

4 September, 2019

Government announces it is making up to £1.5bn additional social care funding available in Spending Round 2019

One year settlement for 2020/2021 includes £1bn additional grant plus potential for councils to access a further £0.5bn

4 September, 2019

Ombudsman investigates council a third time after it fails to complete agreed actions following disabled woman’s complaints about care assessment

Staffordshire County Council failed to make adequate service improvements and did not apologise or pay redress to agreed timescales

21 August, 2019

Government must publish its long-term plans for social care and how it will fund them, says London Councils

New report sets out eight steps for achieving sustainable adult social care in London

2 August, 2019

NICE publishes draft guidance aimed at improving wellbeing of unpaid carers

Recommendations include identifying people who are unpaid carers so as to direct them to support and ensuring replacement care services are available

25 July, 2019

Welsh Government launches consultation on further regulation and inspection of social care services and workers

Proposals include requirement for domiciliary support service providers to employ workers registered with Care Inspectorate Wales

19 July, 2019

Public Accounts Committee for Wales highlights lack of evidence of sustainable funding for initiatives set up through Integrated Care Fund

Statement from Committee Chair responds to Wales Audit Office report that finds the Fund is not fulfilling its potential to deliver sustainable integrated services

9 July, 2019

More than two thirds of carers regularly fund care and support out of their own money

New Carers UK report calls for urgent increase in funding and support for unpaid carers to prevent 'thousands being pushed into poverty'

8 July, 2019

Welsh Assembly Committee calls for statutory guidance on administration of Blue Badges in Wales

New report finds that current non-binding guidance leads to inconsistencies in application processes and medical assessments

4 July, 2019

Government urged to introduce a basic entitlement to publicly funded personal care for individuals with substantial and critical levels of need

Lords Committee says government also needs to immediately spend £8 billion to restore social care to acceptable standards

3 July, 2019

LGA calls on government to publish delayed social care green paper before September parliamentary recess

'Those who rely on vital care and support cannot wait any longer', says Chair of Community Wellbeing Board

27 June, 2019

Human cost of failing to address the crisis in adult social care, highlighted by Directors of Adult Social Services

Failure of successive governments is negatively affecting people who rely on essential services, their families and those who work in the arranging and delivery of care

25 June, 2019

60 per cent of carers report that caring causes them feelings of stress

National carers survey also finds that 1 in 10 carers report that caring has caused a lot of financial difficulties in the last 12 months

21 June, 2019

Second Ombudsman complaint needed after council fails to decide disabled woman’s eligibility for financial support

Somerset County Council had reassessed care needs after first complaint but then failed to decide eligibility for financial support

17 June, 2019

Blue Badge scheme to be extended to people with ‘hidden disabilities’ from August 2019

New criteria to be introduced alongside review into Blue Badge fraud and ways of reducing misuse