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…...

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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…...

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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…...

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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…...

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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…...

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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.

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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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