Councils are spending more for less finds NHS Digital
Local authority spending on adult social care rose by 3.3% in 2016/17 – the first time expenditure has risen in real terms since 2009/10. NHS Digital figures show, however, that the number of people receiving services fell slightly, indicating that the increased expenditure was due…...
Providers predict fall in profits
More than half of care home providers expected their profits to fall in the next three years and only 15% are projecting a rise, according to Care England. It’s survey on pay also found that, as a result, 32% of operators planned to reduce the…...
CQC to examine council commissioning practices
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has asked the Care Quality Commission to review 12 local authority areas to determine how they are integrating health and social care. While primarily focussing on delayed transfers of care, CM also understands that social care commissioning practices in these areas…...
Councils need to ‘raise their game’ with supported living
The Housing LIN has argued that local authorities need to ‘raise their game’ in terms of supported living housing. It made the call in its official response to a government consultation on a new funding model for supported accommodation. The government asked who in terms…...
Cumbria announces care home closures
Cumbria County Council is set to close six care homes and move residents to two ‘state of the art’ facilities in Carlisle and Copeland. The homes marked for closure are Petteril House, Elizabeth Welsh and Langrigg House in Carlisle and Dentholme, Powbeck, Castlemount and Brackenthwaite…...
Surrey proposes 15% council tax rise
Other local authorities will be looking on with eager interest after Surrey County Council called a referendum to increase council tax by 15% to fund social care. To be held at the same time as the local elections in May, the council said it was…...
No new funding to offset NLW increase
Despite intense lobbying and repeated warnings of a system in crisis, no new public funding was forthcoming for social care in today’s Autumn Statement. However, costs will rise for care operators as the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced an increase in the National Living Wage…...
UKHCA finds £513m homecare funding gap
The UK Homecare Association has identified a £513m gap in what councils pay and the actual costs of providing domiciliary services when allowing for the payment of the National Living Wage. Analysis of Freedom of Information requests sent to 208 local councils in Great Britain…...
Almost all councils introduce social care precept
Figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) show that almost all councils decided to introduce the social care precept last month. Of the 152 local authorities in England with adult social care responsibilities, 144 had utilised some or all of the 2% precept on council tax bills.
DH lacks understanding of personalised commissioning
The Department of Health requires a deeper understanding of the best ways to implement personalised commissioning as vast gaps in its use are identified between local authorities, according to the latest analysis from the National Audit Office (NAO).
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