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15 November, 2022

More than nine in ten adult social services directors in England do not believe there is the funding or workforce to meet the support needs of older and disabled people this winter

Autumn survey of social services directors also shows that adult social care is in a 'significantly worse position going into this winter than last year'

11 November, 2022

Social care Expert Group publishes final report on establishing a National Care Service for Wales that is ‘free at the point of need’

Group highlights need for a 'transparent and honest' national conversation about the funding required to deliver the new Service and whether the people of Wales are prepared to pay for it

8 November, 2022

Cost of living crisis is creating unprecedented pressure on unpaid carers affecting both their finances and their health and wellbeing

Carers UK calls on government to fund a National Carers Strategy for England, with matched funding for the UK Nations, that includes medium and long-term plans to improve the lives of unpaid carers

3 November, 2022

Council’s delay in approving a disabled facilities grant left disabled woman unable to access her bedroom and bathroom for almost a year

Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman recommends Slough Borough Council pay woman £3,300 to compensate for her distress

28 October, 2022

Ombudsman directs Integrated Care Board to pay former live-in carer £250,000 to compensate for hundreds of unpaid hours caring for severely disabled man

Investigation also finds NHS Continuing Healthcare provision did not meet patient's assessed care needs and was not reassessed frequently enough

26 October, 2022

21 October, 2022

Health and care system in England is ‘gridlocked and unable to operate effectively’, says Care Quality Commission

Annual 'State of Care' report finds that large numbers of people are stuck in hospital due to lack of social care, and that people's inability to access primary care services is exacerbating pressure on urgent and emergency care services

20 October, 2022

Council criticised for lack of support it gave to visually impaired woman for almost two years

Ombudsman orders council to pay £2,500 for the distress and risk of harm to which the woman was exposed, and £7,220 for the services she missed out on

20 October, 2022

Birmingham City Council agrees to refund 11 years of care home ‘top-up’ fees that family were made to pay in error

Ombudsman decision finds council had breached Care Act 2014 duties for it to be satisfied that a third party is able and willing to pay additional costs of any preferred accommodation

17 October, 2022

Adult social care services will not return to pre-pandemic performance by the next election under current government spending plans

Annual public services ‘stocktake’ warns that pressures including substantial unmet demand, additional costs of social care charging reform and workforce shortages mean that current spending is unlikely to be sustainable

14 October, 2022

NAO warns that service pressures and financial constraints faced by local authority care providers and NHS England pose significant risks to success of new Integrated Care Systems

New report's recommendations include that DHSC should work with departments across government to address issues that contribute towards poor health, such as education, employment, benefits, and transport

13 October, 2022

12 October, 2022

Annual review of adult social care complaints highlights ‘common theme’ of cases where councils or independent care providers are limiting or failing to provide care using cost as justification

Ombudsman warns that this trend indicates a 'growing disconnect' between the care to which people are entitled and the ability of councils to meet those needs

7 October, 2022

Department of Health in Northern Ireland announces additional funding of £7.1 million for social care direct payments

Funding designed to provide increase of around 12 per cent in hourly rate of carers employed directly by disabled people

6 October, 2022

Councils urge government to delay its social care reforms until October 2024

County Councils Network warns of 'perfect storm' of financial and workforce pressures being faced by local authorities and that failure to delay the reforms could make them 'unworkable at inception'

27 September, 2022

22 September, 2022

Government commits £500 million of additional funding to ‘help people get out of hospitals and into social care support’

New Adult Social Care Discharge Fund will inform further government action from next year to 'rebalance' funding across health and care

22 September, 2022

Government introduces Bill to reverse April 2022’s national insurance increase to fund health and social care and next year’s Health and Social Care Levy

However, Chancellor says that funding for health and social care services will be maintained at the same level as if the measures had been kept in place

5 September, 2022

More than 2.5 million people in England aged 50 or over are living with some form of unmet need for care

Responding to new analysis from Age UK, social care campaigners call for government to provide urgent cash injection to social care system to address increasing pressures caused by funding and staff shortages