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13 May, 2022

ADASS research finds that more than half a million adults are now waiting for social care assessments, services or reviews in England

Survey of local authorities reveals seven-fold increase in number of hours of care that could not be delivered due to staff shortages since Spring 2021

12 May, 2022

3 May, 2022

28 April, 2022

Government to introduce ‘watered down’ cap on social care costs after Health and Care Bill receives Royal Assent

While government's proposed amendment to the cap was voted against by peers during the Bill's passage through Parliament, final motion to remove it defeated in the House of Lords

27 April, 2022

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic service users and carers in Wales call into question assumptions made by social services about them, their ethnicity, and their cultural background

New evaluation also highlights an 'overall sense' that people are being let down by social services and that the provision of services 'lacks compassion and empathy'

25 April, 2022

Government urged to remove the ‘cap on care costs for charging purposes’ clause from the Health and Care Bill

Failure to act will fatally undermine the purpose of the government's social care reforms and produce highly inequitable results, say charities

11 April, 2022

£9 million short breaks fund set up to provide respite for unpaid carers in Wales

Announcing the new funding, Minister invites third sector organisations to submit expressions of interest for national coordinating role to establish and oversee the scheme

5 April, 2022

4 April, 2022

Adult Social Care Committee seeks views on changes needed to create a ‘fair, resilient and sustainable’ care system in England

Committee encourages evidence from a wide range of witnesses, particularly those who draw on care and support, and those who care for them

31 March, 2022

Carers UK welcomes government-backed amendment to Health and Care Bill to retain rights of unpaid carers to be involved in hospital discharge planning

Change in government's position follows House of Lords' consideration of the Bill that raised concerns that the Bill as originally drafted would remove existing rights

31 March, 2022

Enabling nominated relatives or friends to be directly involved in day-to-day care and support of adult care home residents in Scotland

Scottish Government says changes to national Health and Social Care Standards put 'Anne's Law' into practical effect pending the introduction of legislation

31 March, 2022

Integrated Care Fund has been instrumental in stimulating integrated working across health, social care, housing and the third sector in Wales

New evaluation also finds that projects supported by the Fund are making a positive, often transformational, difference to people in terms of health and wellbeing

25 March, 2022

Government announces five ‘trailblazer’ local authorities in England that will put new social care charging reforms in place ahead of their national rollout in October 2023

Reforms, that include a more generous means test for local authority financial support and a lifetime cap on care costs, will be tested from January 2023 to help ensure a 'smooth transition from the current charging system'

22 March, 2022

Government has ‘seriously underestimated’ the costs of adult social care charging reforms, England’s largest councils and care providers warn

County Councils Network supports call by independent researchers for more than £800 million of additional annual funding to make the government's 'fair costs of care' proposals workable

21 March, 2022

Scottish Government launches consultation on guidance for the provision of community equipment and housing adaptations

Responses sought from a wide range of service users, carers and professionals by 6 June 2022

10 March, 2022

9 March, 2022

9 March, 2022

Scottish Government launches consultation on new health and social care strategy for older people

Views invited by 19 June 2022 on 'what is currently working well and what needs to change'

8 March, 2022

Peers vote to restore ‘key safeguarding Dilnot principle’ that enables local authority care costs to count towards cap on an individual’s social care costs

House of Lords also votes to ensure original care cap proposals included in the Care Act 2014 are introduced before April 2023