Adult social care
Understanding the impact of funding care
Finance directors now need a good grounding in adult social care if they are going to understand the implications on the budget, says Adele Taylor
Row over extra social care funding
The Welsh Local Government Association has hit out at the ‘insulting and unsubstantiated comments’ of Care Forum Wales following the announcement of extra funding for the country’s councils.
Making the most from limited funding
Paul Hunt outlines how Bradford City Council’s innovative use of the Government’s pandemic grants has benefitted local care providers – both throughout the pandemic and long-term
Clive Betts warns that with little clarity on how much ‘extra’ money will be spent next year, there is ‘the prospect of social care unravelling unless councils receive more money to fill the existing funding gaps’
A first step on the road to reform?
The plan for health and social care plan does nothing to address the challenges faced by the sector, including increasing demand, unmet need and ever-tightening budgets, says Dr Eleanor Roy
Social care plan is quickly losing its sheen
The Government has a plan for asset protection but still does not have a proper plan for social care, says Richard Humphries. ‘No wonder so many involved in social care are so deeply disappointed.’
ADASS warning over settled status
Many older and vulnerable European nationals living in the UK may still not have applied for settled status, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Care (ADASS) fears.
Increase workers' pay to improve care
Pay rises for adult social care workers can support local economies, boost recruitment and retention, and improve care, according to The Living Wage Foundation.
Councils call for 'honesty' on National Care Service costs
COSLA has said the funding should instead be invested in care services currently provided by councils.
ADASS 'perplexed' at social care plans
Adult social care experts have said they have been left ‘perplexed and concerned’ after last week’s announcement by the Prime Minister.
Fixing social care
Kathryn Smith outlines her main concerns about the Government’s new plans for tackling the crisis in social care and offers her vision for a ‘fully transformed’ system.
4 wheel drive woman on... social care
Gosh Tarquin, have you seen how much it costs to put old people into care. You could have a jolly good stay in a hotel for that, I can tell you.
Is bending the goalposts on social care enough?
'While the Prime Minister, chancellor and health and social care secretary all repeated the mantra "you can’t fix health without fixing care", it remains to be seen if they have done enough to fix either', says Heather Jameson.
PM spells out health and care rescue plan
Boris Johnson’s plan to rescue health and social care will include an increased focus on prevention, workforce reform, and a white paper on integration later this year – but may not be enough to ‘fix’ the care system.
We need a complete overhaul of who owns and delivers adult social care
Proposals to fund social care through National Insurance Contributions are not only wrongheaded but they miss the wider point of what ails the sector, argues Tom Lloyd Goodwin.
Delivering on the potential of home care
Chris Thomas says other countries have identified the chance to put care at home at the centre of their social policy agenda – ‘and the UK should have the same ambition’.
Keeping the safety net
Local authority leadership is invaluable to Transitional Safeguarding and councils are ideally placed to enable complexity-attuned commissioning, says Dez Holmes.
Scottish councils blindsided over social care reforms
Scottish Government proposals around children’s services, community justice and alcohol and drug treatment were smuggled into a consultation ‘at the very last minute,’ a council body has complained.
Chancellor faces tough call on on care, pensions and welfare
Chancellor Rishi Sunak will need to make a series of tough choices this autumn, the Resolution Foundation think-tank has said.
‘No evidence’ integration improves healthcare
New analysis of health and care integration pilots has questioned the benefits they bring about.