Friday, June 22, 2018

Adult social care services on brink of collapse, survey shows

Some councils in England ‘cannot go on’ without long-term funding to underpin care.

Tens of thousands of vulnerable Brits ‘trapped’ in social care debt

GMB investigation also found that over a thousand care users have been taken to court over debts.

Social care funding plans branded costly and unfair

Proposals for older people in England almost as costly as making all care free, say critics.

Adult social care sector ‘could soon be on its knees’, MPs warn

"Credible plan to sustain underfunded care sector needed this year", Public Accounts Committee report warns.

Councils cannot cap personal budgets under Care Act, Ombudsman warns

Warning comes after Ombudsman discovered Wiltshire Council had a policy of placing care users into bands.

Disabled people struggle to afford food and heating, study says

Charity says quarter of disabled adults have less than £50 a week left after tax and housing costs.

Thousands of patients to get personalised NHS budgets

Around 350,000 people could soon qualify for right to select and pay for treatments through bespoke care plan.

Social care users subjected to poor quality services, admits Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt: "Too many people experience care that is not of the quality we would all want for our own mum or dad".

Corbyn urged to win votes by pledging £10bn more on care for disabled elderly

Fabian Society research identifies shortfall in funding for 1.2 million older people.

Vulnerable children are ‘paying the price’ for Tory austerity, say Labour

Labour analysis found that children's services in England are facing are £2bn funding shortfall by 2020.

Councils used as ‘human shields’ for cuts, says John McDonnell

Shadow chancellor accuses government of forcing cash-strapped councils to absorb cuts.

More than 1m UK older people risk ‘withering away’ from hunger

Cross-party group of politicians says isolation and cuts are driving ‘hidden’ malnutrition.

‘Carillion-style Pandora’s Box’ could hit patient care in the NHS, warns Unite

Jeremy Hunt urged to prevent further private limited companies being established by NHS trusts in England.

Social care postcode gap widens for older people

Council funding cuts have reduced help for the old in deprived areas, study shows.

Study links Tory cuts to 120,000 deaths

Landmark study strongly suggests that by 2020 austerity policies will have caused 120,000 excess deaths.

Social workers blow the whistle on ‘unfair and unsafe’ adult care system

Survey shows that only 1 in 4 social workers feel England's adult social care system is 'fair and safe', due to devastating funding cuts.

Scottish Government seeks reassurances over disability benefit cuts

Scottish Health Secretary Shona Robison is seeking assurances there will be no cuts to disability benefits for people set to benefit from ‘Frank’s Law’.

Brexit ‘could spell further trouble’ for the care home sector, experts warn

Recruitment experts warn Brexit poses a threat to the availability of skilled care workers, at a time when the sector is already struggling to retain staff.

Tory cuts eroding disabled people’s human rights, UN told

Seven years of cuts to social security benefits and health and social care budgets have eroded disabled people's rights, equality bodies warn.

8 in 10 unpaid carers feel ‘lonely or socially isolated’, research shows

Charities call on the government to provide more support for unpaid carers, including regular respite breaks from caring.

Children’s social services ‘pushed to breaking point’, warn Council leaders

Councils forced to exceed their budgets by £605 million in order to protect children at immediate risk of harm.

What you might not know about funding as an unpaid carer

There are a number of ways that care can be funded.

Social care providers to escape fines for minimum wage violations

Concerns that minimum wage enforcement activity could destabilise an already struggling social care sector.

Vulnerable people left ‘betrayed’ by England’s care and nursing homes

The Care Quality Commission has underlined the inadequate quality of care in examples of English care and nursing homes that failed their inspections.

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