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25 September, 2020 Open access

Women and Equalities Committee accepts that suspension of Care Act duties to assess and meet care needs under Coronavirus Act may need to remain in place over the winter period

However, Committee also urges the government to suspend the easement immediately should it become clear that a second peak of the virus has been avoided

24 September, 2020

Ombudsman finds council acted in contravention of the Care Act by routinely telling people it would not fund support to ‘maintain a habitable home’

Investigation concludes that Hertfordshire County Council appeared to have decided that some needs were more important than others, contrary to the Care Act which places equal importance on all eligible needs

23 September, 2020 Open access

More than 60 disability rights organisations call for government to restore protection of disabled people’s rights eroded by the Coronavirus Act 2020

Open statement asks government to withdraw sections of the Act that give powers to central and local government to reduce protection of rights to care, education and mental health support

16 September, 2020

Ombudsman calls on government to use planned social care reforms to ensure providers advise people how to complain

Lack of complaints, particularly in the independent sector, means opportunities to improve adult care services are being lost

7 September, 2020

Social care should be a universal service free at the point of use, says TUC

Highlighting that average social care spending per head of population in England is 8 per cent lower than it was in 2010, TUC sets out plan for how a full funding settlement could work

3 September, 2020

Ombudsman finds council at fault for failing to consider couple’s need to be together when the woman was moved to a care home

Recommending the council apologises and pays compensation to the couple's family, Ombudsman says 'little regard was paid to the couple’s dignity or basic Human Rights'

1 September, 2020

Scottish Government to ‘immediately establish’ an independent review of adult social care

Review outlined in new Programme for Government will report by January 2021 and include consideration of a National Care Service

24 August, 2020

24 August, 2020 Open access

20 August, 2020 Open access

Government must ‘grasp the nettle’ and fix social care once and for all, says NHS Confederation

Coalition of health organisations says that COVID-19 has demonstrated both the critical role that social care plays in the delivery of health and care services, and the need for fundamental reform

13 August, 2020

Ombudsman finds London Council at fault for multiple failings in its assessment process for Blue Badge scheme applications

Failures included premature deletion of records, refusal to review a rejected application, and absence of an appeal process

13 August, 2020 Open access

Scottish Parliamentary Committee launches inquiry on care and support at home and issues brought to the fore by COVID-19 pandemic

Views sought by 7 September 2020 from people receiving care at home, unpaid carers, personal assistants providing care, and staff involved in home-care provision

12 August, 2020 Open access

Carers UK warns that government’s ‘continual failure’ to tackle social care reform is now impacting the wider workforce in England

New survey finds that two thirds of employers say more support is needed from care services to keep staff in work

30 July, 2020

Carers Trust calls for more support for older carers and ageing parent carers to access and receive services as their circumstances change

New report finds that majority of carers are not being supported to plan for a future when they are less able or unable to care

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