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23 January, 2020

Ombudsman criticises council for reducing disabled man’s care package solely on financial grounds and without identifying suitable alternative care

New decision highlights that councils cannot make eligible care funding decisions based solely on their own financial pressures

20 January, 2020

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

In line with the views of respondents, Welsh Government says it has decided that agency workers should be required to register, but that there will be no such requirement for volunteers

17 January, 2020

House of Commons votes against ‘regret motion’ that calls on government to bring forward additional funding to end the social care crisis

Proposed amendment to ‘Humble Address’ of thanks for the Queen’s Speech defeated by 313 votes to 222

17 January, 2020

Welsh Government highlights how Integrated Care Fund is supporting new ways of delivering care in Wales

Projects supported by the Fund in 2018/2019 include services seeking to bring care closer to users’ homes, supporting falls prevention through housing adaptations, and delivering more housing for people with disabilities

16 January, 2020

UK Statistics Authority identifies ‘significant gaps’ in adult social care data

In-depth review of adult social care statistics in England concludes that data from a relatively small pool of state-funded social care activities is acting as an unrepresentative proxy for a wider range of activities

23 December, 2019

Increasing council tax to support the delivery of social care is not a sustainable solution, says Local Government Association

Government instead needs to follow through on its pledge to bring forward proposals for long term reform of adult social care

19 December, 2019

Government sets out commitment to seek cross-party consensus on proposals to reform social care in Queen’s Speech

Prime Minister says Ministers will ensure that the social care system provides everyone with the dignity and security they deserve

19 December, 2019

Parliamentary Committee launches inquiry into the future of social care in Scotland

Evidence sought as to how social care could be set up so that there is equitable access and quality of services across Scotland

19 December, 2019

16 December, 2019

Ombudsman criticises council for conducting ‘most cursory of investigations’ after woman’s ‘avoidable’ death while in its care

Findings reinforce Coroner’s conclusion that Derbyshire County Council’s inadequate care planning contributed to the woman’s death

10 December, 2019

3,300 Deferred Payment Agreements with total value of almost £50 million made in England in 2018/2019

New statistics from NHS Digital also show that there were 6,380 agreements outstanding at the end of the year with a total value of more than £200 million

5 December, 2019

2 December, 2019

Ombudsman criticises care home for increasing its fees by 25 per cent and threatening to evict resident if fees not paid

Expressing disappointment at care home's failure to respond positively to his investigation, Ombudsman shares his findings with the Care Quality Commission

25 November, 2019

Community Care measures in the Conservative Party Manifesto 2019

Three point plan to solve social care crisis includes a guarantee that no one will need to sell their home in order to pay for residential social care

22 November, 2019

Community care commitments in the Plaid Cymru 2019 election manifesto

Party promises to introduce free social care at the point of need

21 November, 2019

Community care related measures in the Labour Party 2019 election manifesto

Key pledges include free personal care for older people and a lifetime cap on personal contributions to care costs

20 November, 2019

Community care commitments in the Liberal Democrat Party 2019 election manifesto

Party promises additional £7 billion health and care funding per year, raised by 1p increase in income tax