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Some say rules are made to be broken and according to research from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, almost half (45.5%) of care workers have worked for a company that implemented strange or ridiculous rules. What’s more, the majority (70%) confessed that they weren’t happy about having to…
Hundreds of thousands of NHS patients could be given funds to pay for their own healthcare under new government plans. The scheme would see controversial "personal budgets" rolled out to around 350,000 people in a bid to "put power back in the hands of patients". Currently just 23,000 NHS users…
Social care should take inspiration from apps like Uber to offer individualised services for people who need support, according to experts. The sector desperately needs a "creative disruption" that will encourage people to manage their care according to their own needs, the incoming President of the Association of Directors of…
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) today announced the appointment of an interim Chief Executive following the departure of Anna Fowlie who moves on to become Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations later this month. Lorraine Gray, currently the SSSC’s Director of Strategic Performance and Engagement takes…
Cuts to local authority budgets mean councils are spending £137 a year less per head on average, new analysis shows. Figures from the Scottish Parliamentary Information Centre, commissioned by Labour, outline changes in the real-terms total revenue per head figures for councils across Scotland between 2013/14 and 2018/19. The average…
Two of Scotland’s leading disability charities are joining together in a move they say will protect and grow frontline social care services across Scotland. ENABLE Scotland and Sense Scotland have launched an innovative Group structure, thought to be the first of its kind in the charity sector in Scotland, in…
New requirements to ensure care staff who look after people in their own homes are treated fairly and people receiving care experience the best possible services come into force today, the Welsh Government has confirmed. The new requirements are part of the Welsh Government’s wider efforts to support the delivery…
The care industry will be plunged into "crisis" if the Government does not step in to fund a £400 million back payment bill, MPs have heard. Ministers were warned that the decision of HMRC to pursue care providers for liabilities could result in a "rash of mini Carillions". The warning…
The shortlist for the 2018 Scottish Social Services Awards has been announced today. The awards attracted over 100 applications nationwide representing a diverse mix of social services that have made a positive difference to people’s lives. This year’s special policy focus award recognises those who play a crucial role in…
Getting social care is "like being in a shop with no prices", according to the author of a major review of social care which concluded costs should be capped. Sir Andrew Dilnot said that although people know how much they will pay each week or month, they have no idea…
The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (Iriss) has been involved in the Improving Use of Evidence Strand of the Vision and Strategy for Social Services in Scotland. The Evidence Summit was an event that convened leaders from major practitioner, policy and professional bodies with an interest in…
Theresa May faces calls from almost 100 MPs to establish a cross-party commission to address the crisis in NHS and social care. The move is an attempt to break the "political deadlock" that has blocked repeated attempts to decide how to organise and fund services to cope with Britain's ageing…