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The Chancellor received three cheers from business leaders but was accused of offering "short-term bribes" by critics in wildly-differing reaction to his Budget. Terry Scuoler, chief executive of the EEF manufacturers' organisation, said: "The Chancellor gets three cheers from manufacturers for the measures he's included to boost exporters. "His decision…
It’s not just about changing structures says Ewan King, Director of Business Development and Delivery at the Social Care Institute for Excellence. Ewan King: ‘Ensuring good joint working is in place, is at least as important as agreeing to pool budgets and work differently at the senior level.’ The plan…
Skills Development Scotland is working with employers, schools and training providers to roll out apprenticeship programmes to senior phase pupils in schools across Scotland. Foundation apprenticeships are being introduced to allow pupils to follow a vocational learning stream in S4, S5 and S6. Working closely with employers this work based…
Des Kelly OBE argues that pay for care workers is one of the most important issues facing social care … and one of the most controversial How many care providers pay the living wage? Is there a business case for paying the living wage? How much would paying the living…
A new website providing guidance to social care providers on self-directed support is now live. Providers and Personalisation has been working with providers from across Scotland to develop a national guide for support providers on self-directed support (SDS). Funded by the Scottish Government, Support Me Support You showcases good practice…
Nearly nine in 10 GPs questioned for a survey said they feared that social care services were not providing sufficient care for patients leading to extra pressure on surgeries and other parts of the health system. The poll found that almost three-quarters (71%) believed care services would worsen over the…
Older people in society are being hit by a "double whammy" of cuts that are weakening the system for looking after them at home, a charity has said. New figures released by Age UK reveal the consequences cuts to social care and health services are having on the elderly, hospitals…
The NHS in England is launching the first wave of a series of new "vanguard" projects aimed at driving forward more integration between health and social care. Proposals put forward by doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff in 29 areas have been selected to go forward backed by a £200…
The Tories will be forced to cut spending on the National Health Service - or introduce charging - if they are to press ahead with their plans for "colossal" cuts in the next parliament, shadow chancellor Ed Balls has claimed. Mr Balls said the "unprecedented" scale of the cuts planned…
Authorities today named the first eight sites where projects will take place to blend health and social care funding for individuals, allowing them to take control of how it is used. The first wave of the Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) programme will go live on April 1, providing 10,000 people…
Only one in five people with cancer receive any kind of formal support, with many left housebound or unable to wash or dress themselves, a charity has warned. Macmillan Cancer Support said that with more and more people continuing to live with the disease, many have social care needs that…
Social care for all over 65s would be free under the Greens, Natalie Bennett has announced. In a speech to the party's spring conference in Liverpool, the party leader said the policy would become a manifesto pledge because it was vital in a "decent, humane" society. A vote for the…

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