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27 March, 2020 Open access

26 March, 2020 Open access

Coronavirus Act puts in place measures that replace local authority Care Act duties to assess care and support needs, with a power to meet those needs

In addition, the Act allows local authorities that have not charged for care provision during the COVID-19 pandemic to charge retrospectively

24 March, 2020 Open access

Scottish Government says it will meet additional costs incurred by local authorities in increasing support and staff capacity in social care

COSLA guidance to be issued to support commissioners to work collaboratively to protect the resilience of the social care sector and ensure it remains operationally and financially viable

20 March, 2020 Open access

Provisions relating to social care in the Coronavirus Bill will ‘effectively suspend or downgrade almost all social care duties’

Leading community care law practitioner says that the Bill is the ‘most draconian legislation enacted since the Second World War’

17 March, 2020

16 March, 2020

Social care charging arrangements for local authorities in 2020/2021

Government confirms that capital limits and personal expenses allowances remain frozen

9 March, 2020

Government seeks cross-party consensus on social care reform

'We need action now, finally, to seek a solution that can support future generations', says Health and Social Care Secretary

4 March, 2020

Ombudsman has to intervene a second time after council fails to complete disabled woman’s financial assessment following previous upheld complaint

North Yorkshire County Council’s delay prevented the woman's family from challenging the council’s assessment and calculations for more than a year

27 February, 2020

Councils should not leave people without the care they need while deferring decisions, says Ombudsman

Investigation criticises Norfolk Council for leaving the care of an elderly man with dementia to his friend despite her repeatedly telling social workers she could not do it alone

26 February, 2020

Government confirms it will increase support for unpaid carers by introducing ​statutory right to leave from work for one week a year

However, MPs go on to reject motion to include free personal care in government's social care reform plans by 315 votes to 181

26 February, 2020

Government confirms it will continue to pay the former Independent Living Fund recipient grant to local authorities in 2020/2021

However, total value of grant will be maintained at 2019/2020 level of £160 million

24 February, 2020

14 February, 2020

Helen Whately appointed as Minister for Care at Department of Health and Social Care

Former Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism replaces Caroline Dinenage following Cabinet reshuffle

12 February, 2020

More than half of older people’s requests for formal care and support turned down in last year

Age UK says that 'ramshackle 'social care system is 'woefully inadequate for the job required of it'

12 February, 2020

Ombudsman reminds councils of duties under the Care Act to administer third party top-up fees rather than devolving responsibility to care homes

Warning comes after two local authorities failed to comply with recommendations to address injustice caused

12 February, 2020

Charging and providing direct payments for social care in Wales

New regulations update amounts to be used by local authorities in calculating charges and direct payments

7 February, 2020

Local Government Association responds to final Local Government Finance Settlement

Broad support for additional social care funding is tempered by disappointment at lack of funds to cover rise in minimum wage costs for care staff

6 February, 2020

Provision of Personal Care Bill receives first reading in the Lords

Bill makes provision for free personal care for all adults in England and Wales