Tag: Social Care

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.

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.

Back-pay bill ‘could bankrupt learning disabilities sector’

HMRC’s pursuit of backdated payments for workers providing sleep-in care could cost sector £400m, says Royal Mencap Society.

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.

Philip Hammond urged to use budget to help low-income families

Rising inflation is exacerbating benefits cuts, says Child Poverty Action Group, making it harder for parents to make ends meet.

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.

Northern Irish social workers could be prosecuted due to benefits ‘rape clause’

Professional group joins Labour in warning that claimants for children born of non-consensual sex may be criminalised.

What you might not know about funding as an unpaid carer

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

State pension changes will cost 7 million people £10,000 each

Analysis shows each person affected may lose £9,800 after government announces raising pension age earlier than planned.

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.

Social care cuts to continue in spite of £1bn boost, English councils say

Local authorities plan to find £824m of savings, meaning they will be spending £6bn less on social care than in 2010 when austerity began.

Tory winter fuel allowance cut puts 4,000 lives at risk, claims Labour

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell says taking £300 annual payment away from millions of pensioners would contribute to rise in winter deaths.

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