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New laws for deprivation of liberty in supported living to be drafted by 2017

Three-year review of system for authorising deprivation of liberty in settings not covered by Dols will get underway this summer

Inspection report

Serious case review of abuse scandal highlights lack of regulation of day centres

July 23,2014

Serious case review of Solar Centre in Doncaster said agencies “lost sight” of 19 victims of appalling assaults

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Care home

Judge orders council to compensate provider for failing to provide ‘reasonable’ care home fee

July 24,2014

Mr Justice Norris specifies rates Newcastle council should have paid two Abbeyfield homes for period from 2010-2012

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‘Why Care Act changes risk shunting NHS responsibilities on to councils and vulnerable adults’

July 24,2014

Several aspects of the Care Act draft guidance and regulations risk redrawing the boundary between health and social services, warns Luke Clements

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Lyn Romeo

Chief social worker: ‘Tell us how the Mental Health Act code of practice can better support you’

July 24,2014

The Mental Health Act code of practice is being revised for the first time since 2008. Social work’s input to the process will be crucial, writes Lyn Romeo

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Self-neglect

‘Care Act has missed opportunity to tackle self-neglect’

July 23,2014

Social workers need clearer guidance on supporting people who may be self-neglecting, warn academics

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Care home

No respite for care homes as council fee rates fall again

July 22,2014

The latest figure signals "dangerous trend" in falling council rates for care homes, says market analyst LaingBuisson

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Social workers have found shift from local authority to social enterprise ‘liberating’, finds review

July 22,2014

Local Government Association review finds Shropshire social work practice has cut bureaucracy

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Mark Harper, the minister for disabled people

No roll-out for scheme to provide disabled people with pooled personal budgets

July 21,2014

New disability minister shelves Right to Control scheme after evaluation found no evidence of benefit for service users

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Independent living for disabled people diminishing, six years on from strategy to deliver it, warns report

July 21,2014

Restrictions on use of personal budgets and care and benefit cuts contribute to damning verdict on independent living strategy

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A better life for older people with high support needs

July 18,2014

The winners of Community Care’s Inspiring Social Care Images competition are championing a better quality of life for older people

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Jane Cummings

NHS England: learning disabled people will not be left out of group to shape future of care

July 18,2014

Chief nursing officer seeks to address service users and campaigners' anger over creation of steering group to lead post-Winterbourne View agenda

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Anger as users and carers ‘left out’ of planning for NHS learning disability scheme

July 16,2014

Activists and academics raise questions over NHS England group

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Care home

Failing care services to be put in special measures

July 16,2014

Model to improve failing NHS trusts will be extended to social care

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Liz Kendall

Labour calls for two-year deadline to end inappropriate learning disability hospital placements

July 15,2014

Move comes as NHS England announces voluntary-sector led project in latest bid to curb use of inpatient services for people with learning disabilities

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Government must rethink ‘unrealistic’ Care Act implementation timetable, MPs warn

July 10,2014

Public accounts committee review questions feasibility of April 2015 target given financial pressures on social services

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Unison members on strike in Leicester

Local services hit as social workers join mass strike action over pay

July 10,2014

Councils report reduced services as social work and social care staff walk out over 1% pay rise offer

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‘Radical’ plan for integrated health and social care personal budgets unveiled by NHS chief

July 9,2014

Integrated Personal Commissioning Programme will be piloted from April 2015

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‘Why the Care Act 2014′s incoherent guidance on direct payments must be revised’

July 9,2014

In her latest analysis of the draft guidance, Belinda Schwehr says its message on choice of care is contradicted by the Act itself

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