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Labour leader Ed Miliband launched the Labour manifesto this morning. Photo: Joel Goodman/LNP/REX

Labour pledges to avoid ‘extreme’ social care cuts

A Labour government would also ban zero-hours contracts in move party claims ‘will improve working lives of care workers’

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‘Abolishing zero-hours contracts will create less control and continuity for service users’

April 14,2015

We must examine the use of flexible contracts in social care before making snap decisions that could damage our shared vision for the people we support, writes Barry Sweetbaum

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Deprivation of liberty: 27 case examples to help social workers comply with landmark ruling

April 9,2015

List of cases issued as part of guidance drawn up by Law Society to help handle practical implications of last year’s ‘Cheshire West’ ruling

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Election 2015: What would the main parties do for social work?

April 17,2015

A simple breakdown of the five main parties' biggest and most eye-catching plans for social care and social work

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Building ‘sustainable’ social care workforce must be priority, says new ADASS chief

April 17,2015

Ray James also calls for protected funding for social care

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UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, launched his party's manifesto this morning. Photo: Simon Ford/REX

UKIP would seek wholesale reform of Britain’s “clearly failing” child protection services, if elected

April 15,2015

In its manifesto published today, UKIP also pledged to abolish Monitor and the Care Quality Commission if it wins the general election

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Lib Dem manifesto promises to ‘radically transform’ mental health services

April 15,2015

Party also would fully integrate health and social care and introduce statutory code of conduct for care workers

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Got a burning question on social care? Ask the experts at Community Care Live

April 14,2015

This year's 'Question Time' panellists have backgrounds in children's social work, adult safeguarding, service regulation and the media

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Baby P film and adult social work TV series among BAFTA nominations

April 14,2015

Channel 4's '15,000 kids and counting' series on adoption social work is also up for award

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David Cameron launched the Conservative party manifesto this morning. Photo: Tim Rooke/Rex

Conservatives pledge to create regional adoption agencies

April 14,2015

The Conservative Party manifesto has vowed to continue adoption reforms started in coalition

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Green Party leader Natalie Bennett launched the party's manifesto this morning. Photo: Rex

Green Party pledges free social care for older people

April 14,2015

Party manifesto also pledges £900m to pay foster carers a wage and to treat emotional abuse of children "on a par" with physical abuse

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Health and social care have clients in common but not cultures

April 9,2015

Plymouth Council has pooled its entire social care budget with the local NHS and transferred all of its adult social care workforce to a community health provider in a drive to develop integrated services.
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Tour de Care Act: Social worker cycles 85 miles to spread word about reforms

April 8,2015

Social worker Kate Linhart embarked on a two wheeled tour of services in Hertfordshire to raise awareness of the Care Act

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‘Care staff are working 80 hour weeks and still struggling to live’

April 7,2015

A care worker reflects on why adequate pay, training and support are needed for the adult social care workforce

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One day left to enter our 2015 Inspiring Images of Social Care competition

April 2,2015

Submit your photo and you might be featured in next year's charity calendar

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Government sounds third warning over lack of mental capacity advocacy referrals for safeguarding

April 2,2015

Referral rates too low compared to numbers of safeguarding cases, says Department of Health annual report on IMCA service, echoing previous two reports

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More than half of councils unsure if care providers pay staff the national minimum wage

April 2,2015

82 local authorities don't know if care staff are paid the legal rate, finds Local Government Association’s final stocktake on Care Act readiness

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Labour plan to stop zero-hour contracts will ‘challenge’ the viability of home care, say employers

April 2,2015

Providers warn that Ed Miliband’s pledge to stamp out zero-hour contracts will affect the economic viability of home care.

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‘Visual impairment workers face crisis despite Care Act 2014′s emphasis on their role’

April 2,2015

By Simon Labbett, chair, Rehabilitation Workers Professional Network
In December 2013, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (Adass) re-issued its Position statement on visual impairment rehabilitation in the context of personalisation. At the time one wonders how much…

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