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Welsh Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans, has announced additional funding of £7 million for the National Integrated Autism Service. The announcement brings the total amount of funding allocated to supporting autism services in Wales to £13 million up to 2021. Wales is the first part of…
Nine out of 10 local authorities in England are increasing their level of council tax from April, a new survey has found. Residents in some areas will see their bills rise by as much as 5%, as councils take full advantage of new powers to top up their charges with…
Delivering better services for children with autism as they grow into adulthood and beyond has been identified as a priority in Inverclyde. Inverclyde Council’s Policy & Resources Committee has approved £150,000 for the first two years funding for the Autism Implementation Group. It has been set up to deliver the…
Ninety-five councils have had home care contracts cancelled by private companies, an investigation has found. BBC Panorama found that agencies were struggling to deliver the care required with the funding offered, forcing the companies to end their contracts. It found that a quarter of the country's 2,500 home care providers…
Organisations working to help offenders and their families will share almost £3 million of Scottish Government funding. Seven charities will use the cash to fund specialist services including employment training, early intervention, support for families of prisoners and social care support. The organisations include Apex Scotland, one of the main…
Britain's top civil servant has been asked to investigate the so-called sweetheart deal for Surrey County Council to deal with its social care funding shortage. Labour claims the Tory authority, which was planning an embarrassing 15% council tax hike, was given special access to the top levels of government. More…
Ministers and their advisers gave an "extraordinary level of access" to a Conservative council to resolve funding concerns, MPs have heard. Tory MP Jonathan Lord (Woking) suggested that Communities Secretary Sajid Javid could resort to cutting funding for other local authorities to provide £31 million needed by Surrey County Council,…
Earlier today Chancellor Philip Hammond promised £2 billion over three years in extra social care funding in England as he delivered his first Budget. Here we catch up on some reaction from the sector. Richard Kramer, Deputy CEO of disability charity Sense, said: “There will be a sigh of relief…
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