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Society "cannot duck" the issue of adult social care any longer, council leaders have warned, as they called for a debate on the future of services. The Local Government Association (LGA) has launched a public consultation on how best to support the wellbeing of the elderly and disabled and how…
A cap on care fees should be set as low as £50,000 to allow most people to benefit, new figures from England's largest councils show. The cap on care costs is intended to allow pensioners to pass on an inheritance after paying a limited amount for social care in their…
A troubled county council has issued a second order to confine spending to "only the most essential services" amid fears that its budget shortfall could reach £70 million this year. Government-appointed commissioners were sent in to run Northamptonshire County Council earlier this year after it issued a "section 114" notice…
A drug to cure or slow dementia would boost healthcare spending "at a stroke", the head of the NHS has said. Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said a scientific breakthrough to treat Alzheimer's and similar degenerative diseases would immediately free up funds from social care that could be…
The Government's promise of a £20 billion boost for the NHS will put debt on an "unsustainable upward trajectory" without tax rises or spending cuts to pay for it, the Office for Budget Responsibility has warned. A fiscal "tightening" totalling around £111 billion in today's money could be needed in…
NHS leaders have written to new Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock urging him to "grasp the social care challenge". The letter calls for a joint plan that covers both health and social care, and for the Government to publish its green paper on social care as soon as…
Ministers have been accused of complacency by MPs in the face of a looming cash crisis for local councils in England. The Commons Public Accounts Committee warned authorities were facing an "unsustainable" £5 billion funding gap by the end of the decade unless the Government steps in with additional funding.…
Local services are on the brink of collapse and will be damaged beyond recognition if the Government fails to plug an £8 billion funding gap, council leaders have warned. Chancellor Philip Hammond's next spending review will be "make or break" for authorities that are already under huge funding pressures, the…
A Tory former minister has called on the Government to make social care "free at the point of use". Mark Prisk told MPs that with health and social care being merged into one department it was "only logical that both clinical and social care be delivered free at the point…
The Government has announced a £215 million package of funding for research into transforming the lives of millions of people living with a range of conditions, including life-long illnesses, mental health issues and obesity. It will see leading academics and technology experts able to apply for research funding with the…
Nearly all of England's council leaders believe there is a major funding crisis in social care and want national taxes ploughed into sorting it out, according to a study. More than half of town hall bosses wanted hikes to income tax to be part of the solution and were opposed…
An NHS scheme to drive integration between health and social care has not delivered the transformation of services originally planned, an official report has found. Much of the funding intended for the "vanguard" programme was diverted to relieve short-term financial pressures in the health service, the National Audit Office (NAO)…
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