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Cash-strapped councils are "raiding their rainy day funds" to cope with growing demand on social services, the public spending watchdog has said. Government funding for local authorities has fallen by an estimated 50% since April 2011, heaping added pressure on strained finances and forcing councils in England to cut back…
Brexit could exacerbate a “severe workforce crisis” in the care sector, potentially forcing homes and others services to shut, the industry has warned. Scottish Care, the organisation that represents independent care providers, said it was already “experiencing unprecedented difficulties in terms of viability and sustainability”. With European citizens making up…
Chancellor Philip Hammond must use his Spring Statement to help struggling councils which are acting as "human shields" for the Government's "failed economic policy of austerity", John McDonnell will say. The shadow chancellor will warn that local authorities across England are facing bankruptcy as a result of spending cuts since…
Skills for Care have announced the winners of the 2018 Care Accolades celebrating excellence in workforce development for the 1.45 million people who work in adult social care in England. The winners picked up their Accolades trophies at an award ceremony in London fighting off fierce competition from other 35…
The health and social care partnership in North Lanarkshire is laying down “strong foundations” to support more integrated working, inspectors have found. They praised a number of important strengths in the partnership’s strategic plan, which shows how health and social care services will meet local people’s needs in the future.…
The total amount of council tax paid in England is set to rise by more than £1 billion next year as town halls take advantage of new freedoms to increase bills by as much as 5.99%, according to research. But the Local Government Association warned that the hikes will fail…
Closer integration of health and social care services, with the aim of ending the historic divide between the NHS and social services, has been the goal of successive governments for decades. The rationale has been widely accepted – service improvement, a holistic approach, better use of resources and meeting the…
The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (Iriss) will host A Portrait of Care, a four-day interactive public exhibition that will showcase stories and reflections of the frontline social services workforce. Coinciding with World Social Work Day, the exhibition aims to celebrate the great work of the sector,…
An additional £10m is being made available to local authorities in Wales to enable social services to support people in their homes and communities, Health and Social Services Secretary Vaughan Gething has announced. The Cabinet Secretary made the announcement ahead of a statement in the Assembly earlier today, in which…
A large number of patients are not getting the follow-up care they are entitled to after a dementia diagnosis, a charity has said. New analysis by charity Age UK found that thousands of people with the condition do not have a current care plan - a document which sets out…
A new national strategy to deal with the housing needs of older people has been called for by MPs. More emphasis should be put on the links between homes and health in a bid to reduce the numbers who need social care, according to a report by the Commons Communities…
Some hip fracture patients are having to wait up to 80 days for a physiotherapist to visit them at home after being discharged from hospital, a union has warned. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) said patients are facing unacceptable variations in care, with the amount of rehabilitation patients receive…