Adult social care
Why Hackney's sharing of Windrush heroes’ stories stood out
Hackney LBC received the ‘delivering best outcomes’ award at The MJ Achievement Awards. Martin Ford looks at the reasons behind the success of its Windrush Generations programme.
Four Seasons to be sold
An auction of care home operator Four Seasons Health Care is being prepared, according to reports.
Council refuses to put COVID patients in care homes
Enfield LBC has said it will not comply with requests to look at providing beds for COVID-positive patients in care homes.
One in nine care workers not tested weekly
A government pledge to test all care home staff every seven days is not being met, according to a survey published today.
Call to remove care home 'barriers'
Councils have been called on to ensure care home residents can meet their friends and family.
Care home workers take vaccine priority over NHS
Care home workers have been given top priority in the COVID-19 vaccination programme following a revision of Government guidance.
Care workers given vaccine priority
Social care workers will be among the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccination as early as next week, it has been announced.
Councils allowed to delay precept rise
Local authorities will be allowed to delay big council tax increases next year ahead of elections, it has emerged.
Spending review: Ensuring an economic recovery which benefits everyone
Investment in local public services is critical to national recovery, and councils can only lead local efforts to tackle the inequalities the pandemic has exposed and made worse with the right funding and freedoms, says Cllr James Jamieson.
PPE supply for care workers was 'inadequate'
The social care sector was ‘left to fend for itself’ during the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an investigation into supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Domestic abuse victim funding fails to meet demands
New funding to support victims of domestic abuse does not go far enough, campaigners have argued.
More Section 114 notices predicted next year
Local authorities are facing deep cuts to frontline services and Section 114 notices next year, the sector has warned.
Plea for £1.6bn winter care funding
Social care directors have made an appeal to the Government for a new funding package.
Redesign services for a COVID era, says CQC chief
The chief executive of the Care Quality Commission has called for services to be redesigned for a ‘COVID era’ that could last for many years.
Care home occupancy down over Grim Reaper fears
People are reluctant to put their relatives into care homes because they think the ‘Grim Reaper is waiting at the gate,’ a senior councillor has warned.
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.
NCAS: Experts call for a social care solution
There must be ‘no more procrastination’ on resolving the issues of adult social care that have been exposed by the COVID crisis, experts have warned.
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.
Councils stare into a highly uncertain financial future
Extra funding will help English councils this year, but big questions remain for 2021 and beyond, says associate director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies David Phillips.
Reading refuses to send COVID-19 patients to care homes
Reading Council is to defy a Government order to provide care home places for Covid-19 positive patients.