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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…
A London council which took too long to assess a vulnerable woman’s needs has been asked by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman to pay nearly £20,000 in care home fees. The Ombudsman investigated the complaint about the London Borough of Hackney, finding it took too long to carry…
Richard Banks shares some ideas being considered by the Residential Forum for a neighbourhood approach to designing models of residential and supported living. How did social care get to be in such a difficult place? The quick answer is that successive governments in England have perpetuated a policy vacuum for…
Sexual health services are reaching a "tipping point" after visits to clinics increased by a quarter in five years, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned. The LGA said demand for such services had risen by approximately 25% over the last half a decade, while council funding to provide them…
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