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Charity commission head urged to mediate in row over care workers' pay

Charity alliance warns back pay bill for sleep-in shifts poses 'biggest threat to social care any of us has seen'Charities facing what they say will be ruinous bills for back pay for care workers' sleep-in shifts are calling on the new chair of the Charity Commission to intervene in their dispute with ministers The SolveSleepInsAlliance which claims to represent charities and other providers of half of all care services for people with learning disabilities has...
6 years ago
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£1bn needed to stave off crisis, say social care bosses

The Association of Directors of Adult Services says lack of investment could leave older and disabled people strugglingSocial care bosses have written to the prime minister urging her to invest at least bn to stave off a growing crisis in services for elderly and disabled people and relieve pressure on the NHS A letter to Theresa May from the president of the Association of Directors of Adult Services Adass Glen Garrod says action to address...
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Social care funding crisis leaves the NHS in limbo

The health service can't plan its next decade with confidence until the entire care system has a comprehensive dealFour themes dominated this year's gathering of the health service clan at the NHS Confederation's annual conference in Manchester priorities for the new money avoiding another winter crisis re-energising the redesign of clinical services and finding keeping and training the staff to do it all The health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt indicated the shape of...
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Why we want Theresa May to walk in the shoes of people with learning disabilities

Campaign calls on MPs to recognise the challenges faced by people with a learning disability The government is not listening to adults with learning disabilities So we are marching on Downing Street to make sure our voice is heard -- Becky and HenryJust because someone has a learning disability doesn't mean they don't have a right to be listened to Communication may be challenging for them but that doesn't mean they don't have an opinion...
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Elderly social care should be 'free at point of need', says report

Report by IPPR and peers says reform would cut 'catastrophic care costs' of over a yearOlder people should receive free help with basic chores such as washing dressing and eating in an overhaul that would see social care matching access to the NHS ministers are to be urged Personal social care should be free at the point of need just like medical help on the NHS according to a report by Lord Darzi the ex-Labour...
6 years ago
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Child protection costs 'threaten local councils' financial stability'

Nigel Richardson chair of a care crisis review group says there is a surge in children being taken into careFailure to support families at risk and reduce pressure on the care system will lead to child protection services becoming financially unsustainable the chair of an expert care review group has warned Nigel Richardson a former director of children's services at Leeds city council said that the struggle to cope with the rapid surge in children...
6 years ago
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Why are social workers excluded from new bill to protect emergency staff? | Ruth Allen

The profession works in risky sometimes dangerous situations yet is treated differently to other emergency service colleagues Social workers prioritise people who are most marginalised desperate and often unhelped overlooked and angry as a consequence we work often in risky sometimes dangerous situations Yet we are treated differently to other emergency service colleagues Why In I wrote a piece describing social work as the forgotten emergency service Six years on judging by a bill moving...
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Legal system of child protection is in crisis, says senior judge

Sir Andrew McFarlane speaks out as review says austerity makes it hard for services to cope in England and WalesThe family justice system is in crisis fuelled by an untenable workload created by a glut of applications to take vulnerable children into care the senior judge about to become the next head of the family courts has said Sir Andrew McFarlane who takes over as president of the family division of the high court of...
6 years ago
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Public suspicious of moves to join up health and care services | Melanie Henwood

New integrated care models hampered by poor communication and an 'acronym spaghetti' of terms report findsThe Commons health and social care committee has -- over many years and under successive chairs -- been concerned by the fragmentation and poor coordination of care and health services Its latest report adds to this scrutiny focusing on the approaches to developing new integrated ways of planning and delivering health and care services Sustainability and transformation partnerships STPs integrated...
6 years ago
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Adult social care services on brink of collapse, survey shows

Some councils in England 'cannot go on' without long-term funding to underpin careSocial care services for vulnerable adults are on the verge of collapse in some areas of England despite the provision of extra government funding senior council officials have warned The fragile state of many council social care budgets -- coupled with growing demand for services increasing NHS pressure and spiralling staff costs -- is highlighted in research by the Association of Directors of...
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