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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%.…
What happens to children who are referred for help, but don’t meet the threshold for support? When things are bad, but not quite bad enough? A lot of work has gone into encouraging people to contact children’s services when they are worried about a child, and it's good news that…
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…
Thousands of children in England referred to social services over concerns including abuse and neglect are not getting the help they need, a charity has said. Action for Children has warned that up to 140,000 youngsters do not meet the threshold for social care and are not referred to early…
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…
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,…
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