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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…
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…
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…
A nun "killed" a four-year-old boy at an orphanage, a child abuse inquiry has heard. A witness, who cannot be named, said he heard the boy being beaten then never saw him again and recently found out the boy had died. The witness also said he was physically and sexually…
More than half of care home beds in parts of England are not up to standard, an investigation has found. Some 50% of beds - or more - are in homes rated as needing improvement or inadequate in six local authority areas, Which? analysis of Care Quality Commission (CQC) data…
Four staff members at a residential facility for vulnerable adults have been excluded from work amid a police investigation into concerns about their conduct. Muckamore Abbey Hospital in Antrim provides care for adults with an intellectual disability and those with behavioural or mental ill health. It is understood a probe…
An elderly woman has died after a fire at a sheltered housing complex in Aberdeenshire. Police and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were called to a report of a fire in Nether Davah House on Golf Crescent, Inverurie. Emergency services said the fire, which broke out at 5.35pm on…
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