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The social care sector has reacted to George Osborne's Autumn Statement and Spending Review. Here is our round-up from key commentators. ADASS President Ray James said: "Although the Treasury’s recognition of the untenable position of social care budgets is very welcome, Ministers must know that the proposals do not deliver…
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is calling on local authorities in the North of Scotland to get involved in a pilot programme which hopes to raise the profile of Support Work and the important role it plays in rural communities. Specifically, the pilot will look at: what the learning…
Sustaining the number of registered adult care home managers in Wales could become a further issue in the long-term due to a combination of factors, the most recent profile report on the profession has shown. The 2015 profile report of adult care home managers in Wales is now available on…
The Scottish Labour Party has announced it would compel all councils and private firms engaged in council contracts to pay the living wage of at least £7.85 an hour to care workers if it forms the next Scottish government. The Party said that putting more money in the pockets of…
Scope has published new research that aims to understand how social care affects younger disabled people and the impact of the funding crisis. The charity spoke to 500 disabled people aged 18-64 who use social care. It asked how far services support them to live, work and participate in their…
The social care sector could face a shortfall of a million workers in the next 20 years, according to a report. The system for adults in England faces a gap of 200,000 care workers by the end of this parliament due to restrictions on immigration and a failure to attract…
All domiciliary care workers in Wales will need to be registered from 2020 before they can work in the social care sector, with adult residential care workers to follow in 2022, Health and Social Services Minister, Mark Drakeford has announced. Currently, social workers, social work students, residential child care managers…
Social Care Services, Scotland, 2015 presents the latest national figures for Social Care services provided or purchased by Local Authorities in Scotland. These services give people the support, practical help and personal care that they need to live as independently as possible in the community. The introduction of Self-directed Support…
More than 46,000 elderly people have had their "meals on wheels" service axed in the past three years, according to the Malnutrition Task Force. Analysis of official data for England shows the number of people receiving meals has fallen from 75,885 in 2010/2011 to 29,605 in 2013/14. Spending on meals…
The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has published its complaints statistics for adult social care – including data for both councils and private care providers – in its Annual Review of Adult Social Care Complaints 2014/15. In total, the LGO received 2,803 complaints and enquiries about adult social care in 2014/15,…
The Department of Health have published new guidance on how staff in social care settings can ensure adults get personalised care and support. Voice, choice and control: how registered nurses, care and support staff in the care sector can support people to achieve these aims provides guidance on how registered…
Disabled people are sleeping fully-clothed in their wheelchairs and surviving on biscuits due to cuts to social care, according to a new report. Many are in crisis because social care care services are "crumbling", the research by the charity Scope found. It said that people have had their care packages…