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Thousands of extra homes, specially designed for people with disabilities, mental health issues and older people who need extra support, will be created over the next three years with an additional £76 million a year, the government announced today. This supported or specialised housing is designed to be accessible and…
A cap on care fees should be set as low as £50,000 to allow most people to benefit, new figures from England's largest councils show. The cap on care costs is intended to allow pensioners to pass on an inheritance after paying a limited amount for social care in their…
Social workers are on high alert to check on people having difficulties in the heat, council leaders said. But the Local Government Association (LGA) also urged the public to check on vulnerable or elderly neighbours, family or friends. The LGA urged people to take health precautions in the heat. As…
Mears Group has navigated a shareholder's attempt to oust its chairman by agreeing to consider its proposed candidate for the role. Activist investor Shareholder Value Management (SVM) has withdrawn a request for a general meeting to remove Bob Holt, Mears Group said on Tuesday. However, the company, which is a…
Governments could relieve pressure on the NHS by investing in upgrades to social housing, according to a new study. The findings suggest that making home improvements could help to considerably reduce emergency hospital admissions. Cold houses are thought to cause 33% of respiratory and 40% of cardiovascular diseases and an…
Most people who rely on social care workers to safeguard or support them will know the valuable contribution they make every day. The sector works in every part of Wales, providing care and support through a range of independent, voluntary and statutory partners, to help people live the lives that…
Adult social care is increasingly fragile and requires more short-term Government funding to tide it over until reform measures are introduced, a report warns. Despite a £2.3 billion boost this year the sector remains at risk from market failures, reduced investment in prevention and the continuing knock-on from the NHS…
The Review of Adult Social Care Relative Needs Formulae proposes a new formula to be used with the Local Government Finance Settlement. The Review of Adult Social Care Relative Needs Formulae was commissioned and funded by the Department of Health and Social Care in 2012. It was produced by the…
More than 160,000 people are "trapped" in debt because they cannot afford to pay for their social care, according to a new study. Freedom of Information requests submitted by the GMB union to every local authority in Britain with responsibility for social care revealed that almost 1,200 people have been…
Too many older people are living in misery as they are left waiting for months to receive care in their own home, a charity has warned. Older people and their families are paying the price of council cuts, with the provision of homecare services falling by three million hours since…
Detectives are investigating how a female carer died after suffering head injuries in the flat of a 95-year-old patient who is believed to suffer from dementia. The elderly man, who neighbours said was frail and uses a walking stick, has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Two ambulance crews arrived…
Disabled people are being trapped inside their homes because of a "chronic" shortage of suitable housing, a new report warns.The Equality and Human Rights Commission said 365,000 disabled people have reported that their homes are not suitable for their needs.The Government was urged to take action to make all new…
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