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14 February, 2020

Helen Whately appointed as Minister for Care at Department of Health and Social Care

Former Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism replaces Caroline Dinenage following Cabinet reshuffle

12 February, 2020

More than half of older people’s requests for formal care and support turned down in last year

Age UK says that 'ramshackle 'social care system is 'woefully inadequate for the job required of it'

12 February, 2020

Ombudsman reminds councils of duties under the Care Act to administer third party top-up fees rather than devolving responsibility to care homes

Warning comes after two local authorities failed to comply with recommendations to address injustice caused

12 February, 2020

Charging and providing direct payments for social care in Wales

New regulations update amounts to be used by local authorities in calculating charges and direct payments

7 February, 2020

Local Government Association responds to final Local Government Finance Settlement

Broad support for additional social care funding is tempered by disappointment at lack of funds to cover rise in minimum wage costs for care staff

6 February, 2020

Provision of Personal Care Bill receives first reading in the Lords

Bill makes provision for free personal care for all adults in England and Wales

23 January, 2020

Ombudsman criticises council for reducing disabled man’s care package solely on financial grounds and without identifying suitable alternative care

New decision highlights that councils cannot make eligible care funding decisions based solely on their own financial pressures

20 January, 2020

Welsh Government responds to consultation on further regulation and inspection of social care services and workers

In line with the views of respondents, Welsh Government says it has decided that agency workers should be required to register, but that there will be no such requirement for volunteers

17 January, 2020

House of Commons votes against ‘regret motion’ that calls on government to bring forward additional funding to end the social care crisis

Proposed amendment to ‘Humble Address’ of thanks for the Queen’s Speech defeated by 313 votes to 222

17 January, 2020

Welsh Government highlights how Integrated Care Fund is supporting new ways of delivering care in Wales

Projects supported by the Fund in 2018/2019 include services seeking to bring care closer to users’ homes, supporting falls prevention through housing adaptations, and delivering more housing for people with disabilities

16 January, 2020

UK Statistics Authority identifies ‘significant gaps’ in adult social care data

In-depth review of adult social care statistics in England concludes that data from a relatively small pool of state-funded social care activities is acting as an unrepresentative proxy for a wider range of activities

2 January, 2020

23 December, 2019

Increasing council tax to support the delivery of social care is not a sustainable solution, says Local Government Association

Government instead needs to follow through on its pledge to bring forward proposals for long term reform of adult social care

19 December, 2019

Government sets out commitment to seek cross-party consensus on proposals to reform social care in Queen’s Speech

Prime Minister says Ministers will ensure that the social care system provides everyone with the dignity and security they deserve

19 December, 2019

Parliamentary Committee launches inquiry into the future of social care in Scotland

Evidence sought as to how social care could be set up so that there is equitable access and quality of services across Scotland

19 December, 2019

16 December, 2019

Ombudsman criticises council for conducting ‘most cursory of investigations’ after woman’s ‘avoidable’ death while in its care

Findings reinforce Coroner’s conclusion that Derbyshire County Council’s inadequate care planning contributed to the woman’s death

10 December, 2019

3,300 Deferred Payment Agreements with total value of almost £50 million made in England in 2018/2019

New statistics from NHS Digital also show that there were 6,380 agreements outstanding at the end of the year with a total value of more than £200 million