Social Care

Free social care for over-65s would save the NHS £4.5bn a year

IPPR report claims it would also create 70,000 new jobs in the care sector.

London council failed to adequately support disabled mother, says Ombudsman

Council failed to properly assess a disabled mother's needs when her young son moved from nursery to school.

Minister supports social care recruitment campaign – but will it work?

More people encouraged to pursue a career in social care, but will it work?

Report warns of ‘growing workforce crisis’ in England’s social care sector

UK Government urged to commit to a Real Living Wage for all adult social care staff.

Social workers denied parents time with dying baby, says Ombudsman

Council was forced to apologise to the family and pay £2,000 for the distress caused.

Care watchdog slams council’s ‘repeated failure’ to provide boy with learning difficulties adequate support

Council's refusal to provide adequate support "has had a significant, cumulative effect on his education", says Ombudsman.

£1.3bn Tory funding cut will ‘tip many councils over the edge’, warn council leaders.

Social care and homelessness services in England under threat from further Tory cuts, despite mounting pressures and growing demand.

Carers struggle to protect elderly and disabled loved ones from poor nutrition

Families report struggling with a range of challenges as they support older and disabled loved ones to eat and drink healthily.

Three-quarters of adults in England back free personal care for over 65s

Survey shows growing public support for an adult social care system that is free for all who need it, regardless of financial means.

Nearly 8 million unpaid carers are ‘propping up’ the broken care system

Report calls for better support for the UK's growing army of unpaid family carers.

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.

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