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Social Services Minister Rebecca Evans has praised Powys’s health and social care services for becoming the first area in Wales to jointly implement a new IT system that helps health and social care professionals work together to provide care closer to people’s homes. The Welsh Community Care Information System (WCCIS)…
Councils in England are being urged to check their homelessness procedures are fit for purpose, after the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman found significant fault with a Northamptonshire district council. The Ombudsman’s advice follows its investigation into a homelessness complaint from a woman in the Kettering area. The woman…
A severely disabled man is taking his legal battle over cuts to his care package to the Court of Appeal. In the first case of its kind, Luke Davey, 40, is challenging a High Court ruling which upheld Oxfordshire County Council's decision to reduce his weekly personal budget by 42%.…
Almost 190,000 new care home places will be needed in under two decades to accommodate soaring demand, experts have predicted. The number of people aged 65 years or older who will need care home places will rise by 85.7% by 2035 - with 189,043 additional places needed, according to a…
A man was banned from visiting his partner’s mother in her care home when Nottinghamshire County Council failed to go through the correct procedures, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found. The Ombudsman’s investigation into the man’s complaint found the council did not carry out a risk assessment…
Domestic abusers should be put on a register as part of a "vital step change" to protect survivors, according to a new report. London Assembly Labour group leader Len Duvall believes a register like the one imposed on sex offenders is needed as "reoffending remains too high" in a society…
The number of patients being kept in hospital who are well enough to leave has risen slightly, new figures have shown. Official statistics from a census carried out in hospitals in June found 1,300 people had to stay in hospital due to delayed discharge, also known as bed-blocking. Delayed discharge…
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has published details of the complaints it has received about all local councils in England in 2016-17. The Ombudsman investigates complaints about all local authorities and social care providers in England. Every year it publishes the information it sends to councils to help…
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