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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

8 March, 2022

Department of Health and Social Care issues consultation on operational guidance for local authorities to implement lifetime cap on care costs from October 2023

Proposed statutory guidance sets out how cap will work in practice and informs local authorities about support they can receive in preparing for implementation

4 March, 2022

Service users and carers in Wales report growing impatience that key aims of Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act are not being achieved for everyone

New evaluation concludes that system clearly needs to work more effectively to fully realise the potential of all of the underlying principles of the Act working together in harmony

4 March, 2022

3 March, 2022

3 March, 2022

Social care charging arrangements for local authorities in England 2022/2023

New guidance confirms that the personal expenses allowance, minimum income guarantee, and savings credit disregards will all rise in line with inflation

1 March, 2022

Terms of reference published for review of protections and support for adults at risk of or experiencing abuse in their own homes by people providing their care

Having considered evidence from those with lived experience and looked at examples of best practice, government says it will 'consider if the findings suggest that any changes are needed'

28 February, 2022

24 February, 2022 Open access

Dealing with public concerns and complaints during Covid-19 pandemic became a ‘casualty of the crisis’ for some local authorities, Ombudsman says

New report concludes that, if evidence was needed, investigations into tragic individual cases over the pandemic period prove that managing complaints should now be considered a frontline service

24 February, 2022

21 February, 2022

Expert group to be established in Wales to take forward plans to create a National Care Service that will be ‘free at the point of need’

Members of new group will aim to provide recommendations by the end of April 2022, followed by an implementation plan by the end of 2023

11 February, 2022

Scottish Government welcomes strong support from consultation responses on proposals to establish a National Care Service

However, local authority membership body COSLA warns that there remains a 'host of unanswered questions' surrounding the proposals

7 February, 2022

Biggest losers from government’s proposed change to the social care cap in England will be people with only moderate income or assets who also rely on means-tested support towards their care costs

IFS analysis also finds there is a 'clear geographical pattern' to who would see a large reduction in protection against high costs, with those living in the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, and the Midlands more exposed to care costs as a result of the amendment

4 February, 2022

3 February, 2022

Second Adverse Findings Notice issued against care provider who chose not to comply with Ombudsman’s recommendations following complaint about its services

Ombudsman highlights that Peepal Care is the only domiciliary care provider in England to have received two such notices

28 January, 2022

Slow progress towards social care reform in Scotland is leading to tighter eligibility criteria being applied for accessing care and increasing levels of unmet need

Audit Scotland reports says clear plan is needed now to address the significant challenges facing social care in Scotland, and to remove any uncertainty about the future direction

26 January, 2022

Department of Health in Northern Ireland launches consultation on ‘far-reaching’ plans to change the face of adult social care in the region

Health Minister also announces a full review of current social care charging arrangements, including the option of introducing a cap on costs faced by individuals and families

4 January, 2022 Open access

Government announces £60 million new funding for local authorities in England to support adult social care sector’s response to Covid-19 in January 2022

Councils can use the funding on measures including increasing use of direct payments and paying staff for Covid-19 sickness and self-isolation absences

17 December, 2021

Lords Select Committee warns that significant level of ‘disguised legislation’ in Health and Care Bill ‘offends against the democratic principles of parliamentary scrutiny’

Scrutiny report on the Bill urges Ministers to look again at its more than 60 delegated powers that allow guidance and directions to be issued without any parliamentary procedure at all