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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.

1.3 MILLION older workers could be made to pay National Insurance

Plan could raise an estimated £2bn per year for England's struggling social care system, but opponents have branded the proposal a "care tax".

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.

High court rules in favour of carers over two-child benefits cap

Judge says government’s rules on exemptions ‘in conflict with the purposes of the legislation’.

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.

Kinship carers ‘left poor and homeless by welfare changes’

People who give up work to raise child relatives report benefit caps, evictions and sanctions.

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.

Build more homes for older people to ease pressure on NHS, say MPs

New report argues that more needs to be done to encourage the development of suitable housing for older people.

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.

May accused of ‘callousness’ over plight of homeless families

Labour MP says prime minister’s defence of using temporary accommodation to house thousands of children is appalling.

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.

Charities warn of ‘devastating cost’ of cuts to children’s services

With council spending on early intervention cut by 40%, ministers urged to prevent ‘crisis turning into catastrophe’.

Benefit cuts fuel surge in demand for vital children’s services

New survey reveals that many councils are struggling to provide children and their families with the support they desperately need.

Austerity policy blamed for record numbers of children taken into care

Fragmented approach to public services is damaging communities in England and punishing the poor, say council leaders.

‘Kinship carers’ denied thousands of pounds over two-child cap

Campaigners call for change to rules as people are denied tax credits for their own children after caring for young relatives.

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