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Care inspectors have reiterated calls for a long-term funding solution for social care, the day after the Chancellor announced a funding boost for the sector. Care Quality Commission (CQC) chief executive Ian Trenholm said a "long-term and sustainable solution" to funding social care is needed. It comes a day after…
More Scots are being forced to ask for emergency aid to help with the cost of feeding their families and heating their homes, with six council areas across the country seeing applications for crisis grants rise by 30% or more. Since the Scottish Welfare Fund was set up by ministers…
A social worker bought a homeless 17-year-old boy a tent to live in, a watchdog has found. Cornwall Council even provided the "vulnerable" teenager with a replacement tent after the first one started leaking. After approaching the council for help, the boy lived in the tent for five weeks, then…
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…
Additional funding announced for social care "only just staves off total collapse" of a "broken" sector, a leading charity has warned. Philip Hammond announced £650 million for social care funding next year. The Chancellor said he would make the additional grant funding available for English local authorities for 2019/20, on…
The spending decisions and leadership of key organisations set up to transform care in Scotland have been questioned by MSPs. Holyrood’s Health Committee has been examining the work of integration authorities (IAs), which were established in 2016 to bring together health and social care in to a single, integrated system.…
A social worker has been criticised by a family court judge after council bosses asked him to rule that four children should be taken from the care of their parents. Judge Keith Wilding has decided that the youngsters should not go into care. He said the social worker had made…
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…
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…
Almost two thirds (61%) of councils fear maintained nurseries in their area will close unless future funding is protected.It could mean thousands of children with special needs missing out on the care and support they need, a survey suggests.Since 2017, the Government has provided £55 million each year in supplementary…
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…
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