Queen's Speech: No funding pledge on social care reform
The Queen’s Speech fell short of including a social care Bill and there was no pledge on funding.
With the public finances in an ‘astonishingly difficult’ position, will the Government prioritise the investment needed to ensure a long-term future for social care - and what is its vision? Ann McGauran reports from the ADASS spring seminar.
Social care reform proposals will come later this year, pledges Hancock
The Government will be bringing forward proposals later this year for the reform of social care, says secretary of state for health and care Matt Hancock.
Social care ‘unfinished business’ for Tories
Former health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said reform of the adult social care system is regarded as ‘unfinished business’ by the current government.
Town halls told: Don't depend on COVID cash
Councils need to wean themselves of COVID cash to fund social care before it runs out at the end of June, a director has warned.
It's time for the Government to publish its plans for care, says new ADASS chief
The Government must ‘publish its promised plans for the future of care and support as a matter of urgency,’ says the country’s new adult social care chief.
A singular opportunity for the social care workforce
Better pay is crucial to stopping workforce ‘churn’, says Stephen Chandler. The impact of COVID-19 on the economy is a chance to highlight social care as a growing sector that can offer secure careers and be a local engine of recovery, he adds.
Councils face rise in demand for short-term care
Councils have faced a 7% rise in demand for short-term support in the last four years and are dealing with an increase in new care requests from younger people, says a new report.
Put people first
The future of care and support must be built around our homes and in our communities, writes Stephen Chandler.
Plea for £1.6bn winter care funding
Social care directors have made an appeal to the Government for a new funding package.
We have proved that councils are the place for social care - ADASS
The ‘joining up’ work done by local government during the pandemic has made it clear to Government and Whitehall that social care ‘needs a home’ in councils, says the president of ADASS.
Care Act easements 'politicised'
A ‘sense of injustice’ among adult care directors has been detailed in a report on the use of easements in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Short-termism can be expensive
COVID-19 has laid bare the numerous challenges faced by adult social care. Iain MacBeath, NCASC 2020 speaker on funding and reform, says now is the time to take a risk and develop the integrated services we’ve aspired to.
Care directors warn of lockdown impact on homes
The Association of Directors of Adults Social Services (ADASS) has urged the Government to ensure families can visit care homes during the lockdown.
Persist and survive
We will get through and beyond the ‘six-month wall’ and survive this crisis by working together and looking out for each other, says president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services James Bullion.
Digitising the front door to care
A new 'white paper' report by consultancy Agilisys outlines how technology can help lead the rethink of the care sector. Author Steve Morgan talks to Michael Burton of The MJ about some of the solutions.
Using technology to help in the second wave
The pandemic has opened people’s eyes to the possibilities of technology in social care and this winter the benefits are going to be more important than ever, says Mark Kennion.
Compassion, care and reconstruction
Now is the time to focus on vision, strategy, and creating a purposeful and inspiring future for social care, ‘while caring for our staff who have been through so much’, say Benjamin Taylor and Kim Curry.
Data to face the dangers ahead
To avoid making the same mistakes in adult social care, we need to use data intelligently to plan for further waves of COVID-19, say Naheed Chaudhry and Ewan King.
Facing down the pandemic
A line-up of 13 top speakers delivered The MJ’s first virtual Future Forum on lessons learned from the pandemic and the challenges and opportunities facing the sector. Michael Burton and Heather Jameson report on the conclusions.