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Essential social care reforms designed to improve the lives of older people, carers, and disabled people could be jeopardised if the Government fails to fund them properly, local government leaders and charities have warned today. Councils and the Care and Support Alliance are warning of a £135 million shortfall in…
Too many elderly people who struggle with simple day-to-day tasks are not getting any help from social care services, a new report has warned. Some older people in England are being left to "fend for themselves" instead of getting the care and support they need to complete basic tasks such…
Controversial plans to charge some parents who put children into care have been rubber-stamped by Worcestershire County Council. The Conservative cabinet agreed the new charging regime after shrugging off calls for a re-think. Under the policy, the council will be able to ask parents to pay towards a child's social…
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Social Work contact centre is expanding its services. Following a successful move to introduce a Social Work specialism to the council’s contact centre, the trained call handlers will now be dealing with extra referrals. As well as adult social work referrals, the Social Work ‘hub’ will…
The Accounts Commission said it is seriously concerned about South Ayrshire Council’s lack of progress in addressing long term weaknesses. Its findings are in response to a report from the Controller of Audit which found significant failings in strategic direction, leadership, performance management and scrutiny at the council. It has…
Coventry City Council has said it is "impossible" to make savings in its children's social care budget because of a rise in demand following the death of Daniel Pelka in the city. Coventry City Council made the statement following a rise in referrals from 578 two years ago to 635…
Some social care services could be outsourced by Wolverhampton City Council as it attempts to save £123 million over the next five years. Proposals will be presented to the council’s cabinet bosses at a meeting on March 4. The move, which could affect around 500 staff, is thought to involve…
Ceredigion Council has announced that it is going to temporarily close Awel Deg Residential Home in Llandysul. As a result of problems in the staffing of the home the number of residents has over time fallen to seven. And now the Council felt it was in the best interests of…
A budget to tackle a £110 million funding gap by 2018, including £25M from social care, has been agreed by Leicestershire County Council. Including this year’s savings, the council has to reduce spending by £110 million by 2018 – with savings of £87 million over the next four years. The…
Inverclyde Council has confirmed it's intention to break away from CoSLA, becoming the latest in a growing number to go it alone. Three other councils have already warned they may go with at least two more expected to consider leaving shortly. At the root of the rupture in Cosla is…
Slough Borough Safeguarding Children Board are to challenge the 'inadequate' ofsted rating given to the local council's children's services. In the report published this week, Slough Borough Council's children's service recieved lowest rating of 'inadequate' for it's service provision. Problems flagged included sub-standard working practices, a shortage of experienced staff…
Oxfordshire County Council has been given a £4m windfall from central government and it intends to use some of the funds to support vital social care functions. The money has come from a better-than-expected government grant and an improved forecast in collecting business rates. £800K will go towards ending a…