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An elderly woman has died after a fire at a sheltered housing complex in Aberdeenshire. Police and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were called to a report of a fire in Nether Davah House on Golf Crescent, Inverurie. Emergency services said the fire, which broke out at 5.35pm on…
Aspire Scotland, a bespoke care and education services for children and young people in the UK, has been sold to the Priory Group for an undisclosed sum. Aspire Scotland operates seven homes in Scotland and caters for vulnerable children and young people, providing a safe, nurturing and ‘family’ environment. It…
The bitter fallout from the Conservative General Election humiliation has continued with fresh revelations about splits at the top of Theresa May's campaign. A new book about the ill-fated campaign claims concerns were raised about controversial social care changes in the Tory manifesto but the Prime Minister chose to press…
Only one in 10 people in England who fund their social care costs would benefit from a £72,000 cap on the amount they have to pay and a more generous system should be introduced instead, the charity Independent Age said. Research found that it would take the typical pensioner six…
Care workers will lose their jobs and providers will go bust if the Government does not fund historic liabilities for paying staff on so-called "sleep-in shifts", local authorities have warned. The Government announced on Wednesday that social care providers including children's homes will be given up to a year to…
Social care providers including children's homes have been given up to a year to identify what they owe workers who were incorrectly paid below the minimum wage for sleep-in shifts. Employers will then have up to three months to pay workers under a new "compliance scheme", ministers said. The Government…
Fife-based care home operator Kingdom Homes is investing significantly in its care home portfolio with the development of a new nursing home in Leven and the acquisition of a new property in Anstruther, thanks to a £20m funding package from HSBC. The new property, to be named ‘Walton House’, is…
Families are having to settle for inadequate care home places because of "systemic failure" in the sector, a consumer group has warned. The majority of people have limited choice and half of those needing care are having to wait for a bed, the survey by Which? found. The watchdog found…
Seven men have denied child cruelty and indecent assault offences dating back to the 1980s at a children's home. The charges relate to allegations of abuse of youngsters at Wisteria Lodge in Coventry between 1981 and 1997. Philip Barnett, 64, Russell Garner, 58, Pat Duignan, 59, David Saunders, 64 and…
A number of children's homes fear they could face closure due to a change in the interpretation of the law on pay for overnight carers, ministers have been warned. The Independent Children's Homes Association said a poll of 63 of its members - which include residential homes, residential children's schools,…
The registration of social care staff will improve the quality of social care according to an evaluation exercise following Northern Ireland becoming the first region in the UK to introduce compulsory registration to social care workers. Compulsory registration means since 31 March 2017, social care workers in domiciliary care, adult…
Survivor groups in Scotland have called on all survivors of abuse in care to take part in an important consultation, allowing individuals to share their views on a possible financial redress scheme for the first time. The consultation has been developed and delivered through a collaboration between a range of…
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