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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

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28 May, 2019

4 in 10 older people with significant care needs in Scotland wait more than recommended six weeks for social care

New report from Age Scotland also highlights lack of accessible information from local authorities about reasons for delay

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