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Community care

21 August, 2019

Government must publish its long-term plans for social care and how it will fund them, says London Councils

New report sets out eight steps for achieving sustainable adult social care in London

2 August, 2019

NICE publishes draft guidance aimed at improving wellbeing of unpaid carers

Recommendations include identifying people who are unpaid carers so as to direct them to support and ensuring replacement care services are available

25 July, 2019

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

Proposals include requirement for domiciliary support service providers to employ workers registered with Care Inspectorate Wales

19 July, 2019

Public Accounts Committee for Wales highlights lack of evidence of sustainable funding for initiatives set up through Integrated Care Fund

Statement from Committee Chair responds to Wales Audit Office report that finds the Fund is not fulfilling its potential to deliver sustainable integrated services

9 July, 2019

More than two thirds of carers regularly fund care and support out of their own money

New Carers UK report calls for urgent increase in funding and support for unpaid carers to prevent 'thousands being pushed into poverty'

8 July, 2019

Welsh Assembly Committee calls for statutory guidance on administration of Blue Badges in Wales

New report finds that current non-binding guidance leads to inconsistencies in application processes and medical assessments

4 July, 2019

Government urged to introduce a basic entitlement to publicly funded personal care for individuals with substantial and critical levels of need

Lords Committee says government also needs to immediately spend £8 billion to restore social care to acceptable standards

3 July, 2019

LGA calls on government to publish delayed social care green paper before September parliamentary recess

'Those who rely on vital care and support cannot wait any longer', says Chair of Community Wellbeing Board

27 June, 2019

Human cost of failing to address the crisis in adult social care, highlighted by Directors of Adult Social Services

Failure of successive governments is negatively affecting people who rely on essential services, their families and those who work in the arranging and delivery of care

25 June, 2019

60 per cent of carers report that caring causes them feelings of stress

National carers survey also finds that 1 in 10 carers report that caring has caused a lot of financial difficulties in the last 12 months

21 June, 2019

Second Ombudsman complaint needed after council fails to decide disabled woman’s eligibility for financial support

Somerset County Council had reassessed care needs after first complaint but then failed to decide eligibility for financial support

17 June, 2019

Blue Badge scheme to be extended to people with ‘hidden disabilities’ from August 2019

New criteria to be introduced alongside review into Blue Badge fraud and ways of reducing misuse

13 June, 2019

Council found to be at fault in reducing woman's care package by more than half without properly assessing her needs

Ombudsman says that, while he appreciates the pressures council are under, care budgets 'should not be based on financial matters, but on a person’s needs'

13 June, 2019

Council found at fault for excluding communication support worker from care package review meetings

New Ombudsman decision finds Suffolk County Council failed to apply Care and Support Statutory Guidance

12 June, 2019

Scottish Government establishes partnership programme to support reform of adult social care

Programme aims to 'ensure that anyone who needs it can get effective, person-centred, sustainable social care support now and in the future'

12 June, 2019

Government confirms new Carers Innovation Fund to support unpaid carers

£5 million fund will invest in innovative ways of supporting unpaid carers, outside of mainstream health and care services

10 June, 2019

Charities call for step change in way society supports unpaid carers

Research highlights that financial and practical support is needed to improve wellbeing and keep carers connected to their communities

7 June, 2019

Social care system 'continues to leave families to face the catastrophic risk of losing all their assets', says IFS Director

Paul Johnson calls for urgent move to social insurance provision and warns that growing spending pressures are likely to lead to tax rises

30 May, 2019