Charging after death

Following publication of the findings from it’s inquiry into UK care homes at the end of last year, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published guidance last month on charging ‘after death fees’. After it found that some care home operators were still charging relatives…...

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Winter crisis highlights care shortfall

Council leaders from the Local Government Association (LGA) have said the winter health crisis should incentivise the government to adequately fund the country’s social care system and address the social care funding gap, which the LGA predicts will reach £2.3bn by 2020. It claims the…...

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Ombudsman issues care cost contract guidance

Social care providers can download fresh guidance from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman to help ensure that cost information is clear in contracts drawn up for service users. The guidance follows concerns highlighted by a Competitions and Markets Authority report suggesting that providers…...

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Two-thirds of English MPs believe there aren’t enough quality care homes for constituents

Two-thirds of England MPs, including just over half of Conservative MPs and 82% Labour MPs, agree that there aren’t enough ‘high-quality’ care homes for older constituents to choose from. According to a poll commissioned by older people’s charity, Independent Age, more than half of Conservative MPs and…...

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Scottish Association for Mental Health wins £1.4m contract

The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) has secured a £1.4m contract to deliver a GP ‘link worker’ service in Aberdeen over the next two years. The contract, awarded to SAMH by Aberdeen City Health and the Social Care Partnership, will see 20 full-time link…...

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Ombudsman reminds councils to be clear on care home costs

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has reminded councils across England that they must give families placing relatives in care homes accurate information about costs. The warning was issued following a complaint made against Lincolnshire County Council by a family who sought the council’s…...

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Homecare services in Scotland worried for fate

The terms and inadequate funding levels attached to many local authority contracts in Scotland are discouraging homecare services from applying for local authority contracts, according to a study by Scottish Care. The organisation, which represents independent social care providers in Scotland, says many staff employed…...

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£6.7m acquisition of five specialist supported living properties

Civitas Social Housing has purchased five specialist supported living and residential care properties for a total sum of £6.7m. The portfolio consists of four residential care properties in Kent, managed by Chrysalis Supported Association, and one specialist supported living property in Luton, managed by Falcon…...

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More funding for social care would reduce NHS pressures – LGA

Council leaders from the Local Government Association (LGA) have said the winter health crisis should incentivise the government to adequately fund the country’s social care system and address the social care funding gap, which the LGA predicts will reach £2.3bn by 2020. The LGA, which represents…...

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ADASS calls for £1bn to stabilise social care

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has urged the government to provide £1bn of emergency social care funding to councils in 2017/18 to stabilise the system. However, the organisation noted that this £1bn would only help with stability in the short term…....

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