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Tories have criticised "unacceptably long" waits some elderly people face for care packages after figures showed more than a quarter of those with "substantial" needs were not assessed within six weeks. Scottish Government statistics covering the period January to March 2017 showed 26% of this group had to wait longer…
Scotland's independent care sector has issued an urgent plea for extra investment in this week's Scottish budget. Dr Donald Macaskill, chief executive of Scottish Care, said a "significant" increase in funding was needed to ensure the sustainability of the sector. In a briefing issued before Thursday's budget, the body, which…
Cash-strapped councils could see their funding halved over the next two years, "threatening the existence" of vital services, the Local Government Association has warned. Councils are facing a 54% reduction of £2.7 billion to their central government funding between 2018/19 and 2019/20. Rubbish collections, road repairs, child services and care…
A £72,000 cap on social care costs due to come into effect in four years will be scrapped, a health minister has said, as she confirmed plans for a new consultation. Jackie Doyle-Price said the Government would not be "taking forward the previous Government's plans to implement a cap on…
The amount of money people in Wales can keep when in residential care will increase from £30,000 to £40,000 from April next year, it has been announced. The move is part of the Welsh Government's commitment to increase the capital limit used by local authorities who charge for residential care…
Everyone has the right to have personal relationships, including people with learning disabilities. It’s vital that adult social care workers have the right values, skills and knowledge to support people with personal relationships – and training is a vital part of this. New guidance, from Skills For Care, aims to…
David Cameron has expressed regret he was unable to do more to deal with the "huge" challenge funding social care for Britain's ageing population. The former prime minister - who has since become president of Alzheimer's Research UK - said a way had to be found to meet the "catastrophic"…
The UK care home market is grappling with an unsustainable £1 billion a year funding gap that could spark a string of closures across the nation, the competition watchdog has warned. The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) said resident fees paid by councils failed to meet care home costs, causing…
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