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17 March, 2021

Council agrees to refund care costs for some people in short-term residential care following Ombudsman investigation

Ombudsman finds that Lincolnshire County Council had been charging fixed fee for respite care without assessing whether people could afford it, contrary to statutory guidance

16 March, 2021 Open access

12 March, 2021

12 March, 2021

Welsh Government announces measures to remove means test on small and medium Disabled Facilities Grants from April 2021

Housing Minister also confirms extra funding of £400,000 million to help local authorities meet costs associated with removal of means test

11 March, 2021

11 March, 2021

8 March, 2021

Charging and providing direct payments for social care in Wales 2021/2022

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

5 March, 2021 Open access

Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee launches inquiry into long-term funding of adult social care following Covid-19 pandemic

Finding long-term solution to financial pressures on adult social care system is 'one of the toughest questions we will have to face in the coming years', says Committee Chair

4 March, 2021

4 March, 2021

Ombudsman finds Nottinghamshire Council breached man’s human rights after leaving him in a care home away from his home and family for five months

Two-week funded respite break turned into a five-month separation and a £15,000 care fees debt due to the council's delay in assessing the resident's and his carer's needs

2 March, 2021

Ombudsman orders Cornwall Council to pay almost £7,000 to care home resident for errors in how it assessed his capital

Policy for assessing reductions in capital set a false burden of proof for showing resident's spending was allowed under care charging regulations

18 February, 2021

18 February, 2021

‘Now or never’ for social care reform after so many ‘false dawns’, says Chair of Health and Social Care Committee

Jeremey Hunt says that pandemic has 'shone its cruel light' on the system's failings and resolving crisis must be priority

16 February, 2021

12 February, 2021

11 February, 2021

Government launches Health and Care white paper proposing stronger integration of health and social care services in England

New legislation will support Covid-19 recovery by ‘stripping away unnecessary legislative bureaucracy, empowering local leaders and services and tackling health inequalities’

10 February, 2021

Current social care model in Scotland is ‘unsustainable’, say MSPs

New report from Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee expresses concern that social care staff are undervalued, and calls for shift from 'crisis driven' approach towards preventative model

10 February, 2021

LSE study finds that budgetary constraints have led to ‘disconnect’ between objectives of Care Act 2014 and its implementation

Focusing on effect of Act on carers, study finds that, contrary to expectations, volume of assessments, numbers of carers accessing support, and expenditure on carer specific services have all decreased since 2014

4 February, 2021

Independent review of Scotland’s adult social care system calls for structural change including increased investment to enable removal of all charges for non-residential services

Greater investment in social care should form part of new narrative to replace 'crisis with prevention and wellbeing, burden with investment and variation with fairness’