Adult social care
Calculating the cost of care
Local and central government must prepare for the significant workforce challenges that will be presented by adult social care charging reforms. Daniel Sperrin and James Maker explain.
Social care reforms to cost £26bn
New research has found social care reform costs will exceed Government estimates by £10bn but ministers have rebuffed calls for more funding.
Ministers resist calls for further care funding
Councils should not rely on Government grants to fund social care, ministers have said.
ADASS: More than half a million people now waiting for social care
More than 500,000 people are now waiting for social care and since spring 2021 there has been a seven-fold increase in the number of hours a week of home care that could not be delivered.
Squaring the circle
Newly installed Association of Directors of Adult Social Services president Sarah McClinton tells Ann McGauran how she plans to ensure care workers receive the funding they require to do their best.
COVID funding cut ‘dangerous’
The Government has been urged to reinstate the COVID infection control fund (ICF) by groups representing care providers and staff.
Adult social care reform costings need probing further
The level of underfunding currently being modelled for the reform of adult social care has the potential to push many authorities into crises and do the same to care providers, with major implications for vulnerable people, says Chris Tambini.
Advisers call for minimum pay to ease care workforce crisis
The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has said the Government should foot the bill for a minimum rate of £10.50 per hour for care workers in England.
Better Outcomes, Better Lives in Manchester
Bernadette Enright says Manchester is starting to see the impact of its programme of transformational change for adult social care, including improved outcomes and the ability to reinvest in services
I am confident our teams in Cornwall will ride the storm
It feels like Cornwall Council is more positive about its transformed future, despite having to achieve a budget reduction of £60m for 2022-23, says Tracie Langley.
Fresh LGA call after 'bed blocking' doubles
The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for ‘urgent action’ to support social care after new figures revealed hospital ‘bed blockers’ now outnumber COVID-19 patients.
Will the cap fit this time?
There are at least three reasons why more delays to the Government’s social care plans would not help secure a better system and could even make things worse. Richard Humphries explains.
Putting service users in the driving seat
Ahead of a North East region workshop at the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) Spring Seminar, Ann Workman outlines the two benefits of involving people in shaping their own adult social care services in Stockton-on-Tees.
How will government square the social care charging reforms circle?
Caroline Abrahams says that if the Government gets its way then its 'cap' on catastrophic care costs can no longer be regarded as ‘progressive’. Unless the Treasury changes its mind ‘something will have to give’.
Adult social care workforce receives £500m boost
People working in adult social care in England are set to benefit from a £500m boost that will go towards improving the recruitment and retention of staff.
Care homes could face 'widespread closures' under reforms, counties warn
Care homes are at risk of closure as the Government has ‘seriously underestimated’ the cost of its social care reforms, county councils have warned today.
HMJ: Peers reject ‘regressive’ change to social care cap
The House of Lords has rejected an amendment to the £86,000 care cap that would have seen people on lower incomes pay more for their care.
Councils speak up on adult social care reforms
If the Government’s adult social care charging reforms are underfunded ‘they run the risk of falling at the first hurdle’, says chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board Cllr David Fothergill.
Counting the cost of care in Wiltshire
Wiltshire CC has been considering the potential ‘eye-watering’ cost of implementing the Government’s reforms to adult social care, says Cllr Richard Clewer. It is imperative the council is fully funded to achieve the changes, he adds.
Ministers maintain power over CQC reviews
Ministers have dismissed an attempted challenge from peers to proposed fresh powers over looming reviews of the sector.