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More social care cuts will hit elderly and disabled people due to a funding shortfall, leaders of adult social services have said. The annual survey of 151 directors of social services in councils across England found there are plans to save £824m from social care costs, with at least 39%…
A levy on workers of around £360 a year would help tackle the social care funding crisis, a public services think tank has suggested. Under the plans set out by Reform, based on a similar model in Germany, a compulsory insurance scheme would see working-age adults pay a monthly sum…
New support tools to help the general public find out about social care options for older people have been launched this week. A new leaflet, short film and website – www.gettinginformed.net – will provide much-needed information for people looking for social care options, particularly those who are ‘self-funders’. The resources…
Sheffield Robotics and CATCH (Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare), both part of the University of Sheffield, will open their labs so members of the public can see the latest developments and hear from world-renowned academics on Monday 26 June. Adults and children alike can meet Pepper, a state…
Reform of social care must not be "swept under the carpet" campaigners have warned, as ministers promised to consult on the way the system is funded. Downing Street insisted Theresa May remained committed to facing up to the challenge of caring for a rapidly ageing population. However the Conservatives were…
Ministers are to consult on reforming the system of social care funding in England after effectively abandoning controversial changes set out in the Conservative General Election manifesto. The manifesto proposal to scrap the planned £72,000 cap on care costs - quickly dubbed the "dementia tax" by opposition parties - was…
People with motor neurone disease (MND) have to shell out almost £10,000 because of costs associated with the disease. A new cost analysis from the think tank Demos showed that the average patient needs £9,645 every year to pay for their additional needs. Bills for care, extra assistance around the…
Scotland’s social services have been honoured for their outstanding commitment to improving lives for the people they support at the inaugural Scottish Social Services Awards. Introduced by the Scottish Social Services Forum the awards cut across boundaries, celebrate excellence and bring one of the country’s largest sectors, which has almost…
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