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John Swinney's latest budget plans will be "catastrophic" for jobs and services in Scotland's councils, local authority leaders have warned. The Deputy First Minister has allocated £10.3 billion for local government as part of his spending plans for 2016. The local government body Cosla said this amounted to a £350…
Northern Ireland Health Minister Simon Hamilton has launched a public consultation on reform of Northern Ireland’s Health and Social Care system. The Minister said: "On 4 November I outlined wide-ranging, ambitious and radical plans for transforming our health and social care system. The proposed changes seek to radically reduce bureaucracy…
Union UNISON has reacted angrily to the decision of Welsh social care provider Anheddau Cyf to dismiss its entire staff of 300 people and re-engage them only if they accept swingieng cuts to their terms and conditions. Anheddau, which supports adults within their communities for Gwynedd, Anglesey, Conwy and Denbighshire…
The future of adult social care looks bleak, a leading think-tank has warned as it said not enough money is being spent on the sector. Despite a pledge from the Chancellor that social care could expect a cash boost through local authorities raising their council tax, the International Longevity Centre…
Councils could struggle to fund social care in the future, meaning services may be put at risk, leaders in the sector have warned. George Osborne said social care could expect a cash boost through local authorities raising their council tax, as part of his Spending Review last month. But the…
A new publication aims to help Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) consider different approaches to developing the third sector's role in health and social care integration at a local level. The handbook, titled Developing the Third Sector’s Role in Health and Social Care Integration, offers background information, an analysis (based on…
Elderly people risk dying from conditions seen 100 years ago and are "suffering" due to a lack of Government-backed social care, a former NHS doctor has said. Dr Chai Patel, who now owns the HC-One chain of more than 200 care homes, said people were arriving at his homes in…
Quarriers has recently launched an innovative new participation toolkit, the iFive, at Hampden Park Football Stadium in Glasgow. The iFive has been developed alongside staff and people who access their services and enables service users and staff to identify, categorise and reflect on how Inclusion is progressing within an individual…
Local authorities in England have warned they are facing a £13 billion funding gap by the end of the decade following George Osborne's spending review, even if they raise council tax bills by almost £200 a family. The shortfall is driven not only by cuts in grants from Whitehall, but…
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…
Councils will be able to add 2% to council tax bills in a bid to provide up to £2 billion for social care, the Chancellor has confirmed. George Osborne faced criticism yesterday for offering an immediate £3.8 billion cash injection for the NHS while planning cuts in other areas, including…
A new law reforming the way Wales’ care and support services are regulated and inspected has been approved by Assembly Members. The Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Bill reframes accountability so owners of services can be held to account for failings in care. It also gives Welsh Ministers…