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2 July, 2020

Determining ‘ordinary residence’ disputes over which local authority is responsible for Mental Health Act aftercare provision following repeat hospital admissions

Department of Health and Social Care sets out new position that authority responsible for after-care should not change after repeat hospital admission

24 June, 2020

Carers are struggling to combine work and care, with just two-fifths of working carers believing that their employer is carer-friendly

Highlighting that supporting carers has substantial benefits for employers, CIPD sets out recommendations on how to become a carer-friendly workplace

19 June, 2020 Open access

More than a third of adult social care directors say they have no confidence that budgets are sufficient to meet statutory duties this year

Annual ADASS budget survey also finds that the actual costs of COVID-19 will far outstrip emergency funding made available to date

11 June, 2020

New Bill introduced in the House of Commons to give unpaid carers more rights to flexible working

Proposals would extend scope of the Equality Act 2010 to require employers to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to help carers balance employment with their caring responsibilities

9 June, 2020 Open access

8 June, 2020 Open access

4.5 million additional people have taken on an unpaid carer role as a result of COVID-19 pandemic

Coalition of carer’s charities say it's never been more important for government to reform carer support, including by increased financial support through coronavirus supplement to carer's allowance

20 May, 2020

Health and Social Care Committee relaunches inquiry on social care funding and workforce shortages

Evidence sought on issues including the impact of current social care funding levels on those needing social care, and what reforms are needed to the funding system in the longer term

12 May, 2020 Open access

Scottish Government confirms £50 million to help the social care sector deal with financial implications of COVID-19

Funding will help ensure that any increasing need for social care as a result of the pandemic is met, says Health Secretary

4 May, 2020 Open access

Ombudsman issues new guidance to local authorities and care providers about complaints handling during COVID-19 crisis

Guidance includes expectation that complaints are dealt with ‘appropriately’ and attention is still given to urgent and serious public concerns

30 April, 2020

Uprating of NHS-funded nursing care provided in care homes in 2020/2021 and increase in 2019/2020 rates

Government confirms uprating by 2 per cent for 2020/2021 and a 9 per cent backdated increase in rates for 2019/2020

24 April, 2020 Open access

Unpaid carers are ‘close to burnout’ as a result of the coronavirus outbreak

New Carers UK survey finds that 70 per cent of unpaid carers are providing more care during the pandemic, and that more than half feel overwhelmed

22 April, 2020 Open access

Government issues new COVID-19 guidance for people in receipt of direct payments for care and support

New guidance aimed at people who receive support via direct payments through personal budgets and personal health budgets, as well as local authorities and others who support and deliver care via direct payments

16 April, 2020 Open access

Government launches COVID-19 action plan for adult social care in England

New plan sets out the government’s approach for all settings and contexts in which people receive adult social care

7 April, 2020 Open access

Easement of local authority requirements in respect of adults lacking capacity, to protect vulnerable adults at risk of COVID-19 in Scotland

New measures set out in Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 that received Royal Assent yesterday

3 April, 2020 Open access

1 April, 2020 Open access

1 April, 2020

27 March, 2020 Open access

26 March, 2020 Open access

Coronavirus Act puts in place measures that replace local authority Care Act duties to assess care and support needs, with a power to meet those needs

In addition, the Act allows local authorities that have not charged for care provision during the COVID-19 pandemic to charge retrospectively