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Measures to tackle emergency funding shortfalls in key public services will cost £10 billion over five years but amount to a "sticking plaster" solution, according to expert analysis of government spending. The extra money will help hospitals, schools, prisons and social care keep going but will not tackle the underlying…
Children's services are at a "tipping point", with record numbers of youngsters now in care, town hall bosses have warned. The equivalent of 90 youngsters a day are entering the care system, according to the Local Government Association, which urged government to plug a funding gap to help councils support…
Youth clubs and youth support services are set to receive £40 million in Government and lottery funding aimed at helping over 300,000 disadvantaged children across the country. The Youth Investment Fund will be shared between 86 youth trusts across six disadvantaged areas in England, to help young people gain confidence…
One in six care homes are showing signs that they are at risk of failure amid rising costs and lack of funding, a new study shows. Research by accountancy firm Moore Stephens found that a "persistent" lack of funds from local authorities, coupled with increases to the national living wage…
Three-quarters of councils in England overspent on their children's services budgets by more than half a billion pounds, council leaders have warned. Figures for the 152 English councils which provide children's social care services showed 113 (75%) spent more than they had budgeted for, while 38 spent less in 2015/16,…
A cap on care costs and an asset threshold will be included in the Government's social care funding consultation, a health minister has said. But Tory frontbencher Steve Brine stopped short of repeating his party's manifesto figures, which included a pledge to ensure a person's assets do not dip below…
A new research project led by academics at the University of Sheffield will examine potential sustainable solutions to the ongoing crisis within the UK’s social care system. With an ageing population, shortages of staff in home and residential care, and growing reliance on unpaid carers, the question of how to…
A senior Tory MP has urged Theresa May's Government to quickly resolve social care funding, telling ministers: "Just get on and do it." Sir Nicholas Soames questioned why a "sane national plan" similar to those produced by other countries does not exist in the UK. He suggested the Tories should…
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