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29 July, 2020 Open access

COVID-19 pandemic has shown the ‘tragic impact’ of successive governments having delayed much needed social care reform, say MPs

Social care sector has been treated as 'poor relation' of NHS and urgent reform is needed to put it on a sustainable footing after years of under-funding

29 July, 2020

Annual review of Ombudsman complaints highlights increase in investigations of systemic problems in 2019/2020

However, Ombudsman welcomes councils’ readiness ‘on the whole’ to work with it to implement its practical recommendations for improvement

28 July, 2020 Open access

Carers UK launches ‘Recovery Plan’ for unpaid carers as impact of coronavirus pandemic continues

Plan focuses on sustaining and rebuilding health and well-being for unpaid carers as lockdown eases, and in the event of future outbreaks

27 July, 2020 Open access

Legacy of COVID-19 outbreak has shown that ‘radical rethink’ of social care is needed

Coalition of councils, health and care organisations and charities sets out seven principles that should underpin future reform of adult social care

24 July, 2020 Open access

Disabled people’s led organisations write to the Prime Minister highlighting the devastating impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the lives of disabled people

Letter calls on the government to put disabled people at the heart of recovery planning and to fully engage disabled people in the shaping of the government’s Disability Strategy

24 July, 2020

Department for Communities in Northern Ireland launches consultation on draft Disability Action Plan

Department says it is committed to engaging effectively with people with disabilities and their representative groups in the development, implementation and review of the plan

24 July, 2020

Older people who have to pay for care spent more than £7 billion in last year, according to Age UK

New analysis also finds that number of people who have exhausted their assets through paying for care has increased by more than a third

23 July, 2020

21 July, 2020

Government’s Disability Unit announces launch of Disabled People’s Organisations Forum

New forum to 'play an important role in bringing the voices and expertise of disabled people into the heart of government policy making'

2 July, 2020

Determining ‘ordinary residence’ disputes over which local authority is responsible for Mental Health Act aftercare provision following repeat hospital admissions

Department of Health and Social Care sets out new position that authority responsible for after-care should not change after repeat hospital admission

24 June, 2020

Carers are struggling to combine work and care, with just two-fifths of working carers believing that their employer is carer-friendly

Highlighting that supporting carers has substantial benefits for employers, CIPD sets out recommendations on how to become a carer-friendly workplace

19 June, 2020 Open access

More than a third of adult social care directors say they have no confidence that budgets are sufficient to meet statutory duties this year

Annual ADASS budget survey also finds that the actual costs of COVID-19 will far outstrip emergency funding made available to date

11 June, 2020

New Bill introduced in the House of Commons to give unpaid carers more rights to flexible working

Proposals would extend scope of the Equality Act 2010 to require employers to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to help carers balance employment with their caring responsibilities

9 June, 2020 Open access

8 June, 2020 Open access

4.5 million additional people have taken on an unpaid carer role as a result of COVID-19 pandemic

Coalition of carer’s charities say it's never been more important for government to reform carer support, including by increased financial support through coronavirus supplement to carer's allowance

8 June, 2020

20 May, 2020

Health and Social Care Committee relaunches inquiry on social care funding and workforce shortages

Evidence sought on issues including the impact of current social care funding levels on those needing social care, and what reforms are needed to the funding system in the longer term

12 May, 2020 Open access

Scottish Government confirms £50 million to help the social care sector deal with financial implications of COVID-19

Funding will help ensure that any increasing need for social care as a result of the pandemic is met, says Health Secretary

4 May, 2020 Open access

Ombudsman issues new guidance to local authorities and care providers about complaints handling during COVID-19 crisis

Guidance includes expectation that complaints are dealt with ‘appropriately’ and attention is still given to urgent and serious public concerns