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New official figures have been published today which outline the total money spent by local authorities on adult social care. Personal Social Services: Expenditure and Unit Costs, England 2015-16 is published by NHS Digital and collects data from the 152 local authorities across England, which are responsible for adult social…
A new report from the United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) exposes the widespread and systematic underfunding of homecare services for older people. The findings provide further evidence of genuine risks to the viability of state-funded homecare services, and the possible consequences for over half-a million people supported at home. This…
Finding the right residential care can be like negotiating a maze. From right to left, and to and fro, Caught in a labyrinth you go, And turn, and turn, and turn again, To solve the mystery, but in vain While the 18th Century poet William Cowper was not ruminating on…
The Welsh Government has raised the capital limit used by local authorities who charge for residential care from £24,000 to £50,000 as part of its new five-year plan entitled Taking Wales Forward, which has been broadly welcomed by social care experts. The plan also sets out other changes to social…
A campaigner has called for a county council whose social services bosses asked for a 71-year-old grandmother to be jailed after complaining that she had not complied with judges' orders and was in contempt of court to be identified. The case hit the headlines earlier this month after Teresa Kirk…
More than 40,000 violent assaults against public service workers in Scotland have been recorded in the past decade, according to a survey. Unison's annual Violence at Work Survey 2016 launched on Friday showing a rise of 20,000 to 40,000 violent assaults against public service and local authority workers in the…
Meaningful and Measurable, a collaborative action research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) brought together three academic organisations, eight practice partners and four national stakeholder organisations (across Scotland and Wales) with a shared interest: adopting a focus on personal outcomes in health, social care and other…
The quality and safety of care services for elderly and disabled people in England risks being undermined by financial pressures, a watchdog has warned. Data gathered by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) showed the number of care homes has fallen dramatically as providers struggle with rising costs, including the introduction…
Councils are spending 10% more on social work services than almost a decade ago, with expenditure on helping vulnerable youngsters and their families increasing by more than a fifth. Spending by local authorities was just over £3.8 billion in 2014-15, compared to just under £3.5 billion in 2006-07. The figures…
The Care Inspectorate has today published a statistical summary of social work expenditure and activity for Scotland covering the period 2006/7 to 2014/15.It shows that general spending on social work services by local authorities has gradually increased in the last nine years. There is often significant variation between local authorities,…
NHS Digital has published three reports which include the latest statistics on the safeguarding and care of vulnerable adults in England. Safeguarding Adults Annual Report, England 2015-16 contains information about safeguarding referrals, which were opened and/or concluded during the reporting period. This is the first time that such information has…
Red tape is leading to mental health patients being trapped unnecessarily on hospital wards for weeks at a time, a new study suggests. And some new patients seeking help are being sent to treatment facilities hundreds of miles from their homes to get care as a result of this so-called…