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The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is launching a month-long pilot communications programme to promote jobs in the adult social care sector. The pilot starts October 31st and is taking place in Gloucestershire and Tyne and Wear. This will test and identify the optimal marketing channels in different…
Care staff failed to act on a host of warning signals in the weeks and months before a psychiatric patient murdered a grandmother, an inquest has heard. Nicola Edgington (pictured) virtually decapitated Sally Hodkin with a butcher's knife in Bexleyheath, south-east London, in October 2011, six years after killing her…
Plans have been announced for a new £950,000 centre to enable children and vulnerable adults to give evidence without attending court. The new centre will mean more of these witnesses will be be able to pre-record their evidence for criminal trials in advance, meaning they will not face the potentially…
Cash to meet rising social care costs and extra funds to repair potholes were announced by Philip Hammond to ease the pressure on town hall budgets. Local government chiefs have suffered years of cuts and the Chancellor acknowledged they had "made a significant contribution to repairing the public finances". But…
The overwhelming majority of people have not made any plans for how they will pay for adult social care in old age, a survey has revealed.The Local Government Association (LGA) said just 15% of adults questioned said they are planning ahead for paying for care they might need in the…
The crisis in England's care system is escalating - with overworked staff not even having the time to take elderly people to the toilet or give them a wash, according to a new report.Unison said there was an urgent need for "real investment" to tackle issues such as staff shortages.A…
Professional optimism across public services to emphasise the ability of people to recover from drink problems is needed to help cut Scotland’s alcohol death toll, a report has found.The Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (Shaap) report also called for action to tackle barriers to services caused by stigma.The study…
Tens of thousands of cancer patients, including many who are terminally ill, will face further "hardship, stress and anxiety" if they are forced to transfer to Universal Credit (UC), a leading charity has warned.Some 26,000 sufferers receiving benefits face financial difficulty and worry if they are forced to move to…
Union and council leaders in Glasgow say they have had a “positive and constructive” meeting following a two-day strike over equal pay.Hundreds of schools were closed and care services affected when more than 8,000 members of the Unison and GMB unions walked out on Tuesday for the 48-hour strike –…
Councils in the UK have been accused of "buying homecare services for older people on the cheap".The United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) said its report "exposes the scale of underfunding" of the sector and is calling on the Government to fund care at a more sustainable level in the forthcoming…
New figures from NHS Digital show that local authorities received 1.8 million new requests for adult social care support in 2017-18, an increase of 1.6 per cent on 2016-17 and equivalent to 5,100 new requests per day. These requests were received from 1.3 million people; those aged 65 and over…
Thousands of council workers have marched through Glasgow in a strike over equal pay which has shut hundreds of schools and affected home care services.More than 8,000 Unison and GMB members walked out on Tuesday in a 48-hour strike - believed to be the biggest of its kind.Around 12,500 workers,…
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