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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

25 September, 2023

Ombudsman calls for new powers to proactively investigate issues on behalf of people who are unable to complain about their social care themselves

Annual review of social care complaints also recommends extending the types of cases that can be investigated to include all aspects of social care in every setting

8 September, 2023

Government confirms allocation of additional £50 million in Disabled Facilities Grant funding to local authorities in England

Funding for 2023/2024 represents first tranche of £102 million extra funding announced in April 2023 'Next Steps to Put People at the Heart of Care' plan

10 August, 2023

Supreme Court rules that duty to provide after-care services ends when an individual is compulsorily detained in hospital for treatment

R (on the application of Worcestershire County Council) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care [2023] UKSC 31

2 August, 2023

King’s Fund welcomes government’s £600 million funding for social care in England but says it is not the ‘properly funded workforce plan that the sector needs’

Public health think tank also warns that, 'in using money originally earmarked for wider reform, the government is acknowledging the end of its broader ambitions for social care'

18 July, 2023

Government launches consultation on Disability Action Plan for 2023 to 2024

Views sought on 'immediate and practical measures' including raising awareness of assistive technology and ensuring businesses are aware of disabled people’s needs

30 June, 2023

23 June, 2023

21 June, 2023

Three-quarters of adult social care directors in England say they ‘aren’t confident’ about being able to fully offer statutory minimum social care support in their communities

ADASS survey also finds that more than a third of the more than 200,000 people waiting for a care assessment have been waiting for more than six months

15 June, 2023

Select Committee seeks clarification of government’s ‘outright rejection’ of some of its key recommendations on the long-term funding of adult social care

Letter to Health and Social Care Minister raises concerns about failure to accept recommendations including to publish a 10-year-plan for how the government’s ‘vision’ in the People at the Heart of Care White Paper will be achieved

15 June, 2023

Ombudsman expresses disappointment at care provider’s refusal to pay compensation to former resident because he said he had ceased trading

Issuing a rare Adverse Findings Notice, Ombudmsan also shares details of his findings with the Care Quality Commission

12 June, 2023

Scottish Government launches four-year improvement plan for self-directed support in Scotland

Outcomes for social care users and their carers will be successfully achieved if plan leads to improvements in 'access to information, advice and advocacy, access to quality support, and control and involvement for supported people over how it is delivered'

8 June, 2023

Fabian Society sets out roadmap for creation of a National Care Service to help transform care and support in England

New report also sets out proposals for charging reforms, including changes to the means test and a lifetime cap on care costs, as part of a new 'national care guarantee'

8 June, 2023

APPG launches inquiry to explore the impact of caring on the life opportunities of young people

Inquiry will amplify the voices of young carers and their families and must lead to more support, says Parliamentary Group chair

26 May, 2023

Care Quality Commission confirms pilot areas for testing of new framework for assessing how well councils are performing their Care Act 2014 duties

CQC says pilots will be a key activity to ensure that its approach to local authority assessment is as meaningful and effective as possible

3 May, 2023

High Court rules that government was not obliged to issue full consultation about decision not to implement social care appeals system in forseeable future

HL, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for Health And Social Care [2023] EWHC 866 (Admin)