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Government shifts Care Act cash from self-funder to carer assessments

£55m grant introduced to fund increase in carer’s assessments from April 2015 under new legislation

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‘Inadequate’ social care services will get year to improve or face closure under CQC plans

December 17,2014

Social care regulator set to introduce new special measures regime for failing services

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Numbers receiving NHS-funded social care continue to rise

December 16,2014

There has been a rise of a third in five years in the number of service users eligible for NHS continuing healthcare

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The top ten social work stories of 2014

December 18,2014
All your favourite articles of the year in one handy compilation
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CQC demands ‘urgent action’ over care failings at learning disability NHS trust

December 17,2014

Frequent use of face-down restraint among series of concerns found during July inspection of Calderstones Partnership Trust

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Prisoner restaurant The Clink: ‘They do deserve a second chance’

December 15,2014

Community Care hears how one prison-based charity is reducing reoffending rates across the UK by using training in high quality catering to rehabilitate prisoners

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Government approves ‘temporary’ fix to best interests assessor training dilemma

December 12,2014

College of Social Work endorsement scheme will be used as vehicle to approve new providers wanting to set up BIA courses until January 2016

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Man with learning disabilities who died in supported living unit ‘could have been saved’

December 12,2014

23-year-old Nico Reed, who had cerebral palsy and multiple learning disabilities, died at supported living unit in August 2012

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Local area coordinator scheme makes ‘best use of social work’, says council

December 11,2014

Coordinators help social workers to find community-based solutions to problems and reduce adult social care referrals, evaluation finds

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‘Councils should start tackling discrimination against self-funders before the Care Act forces them to’

December 9,2014

The Care Act will require councils to improve their support to self-funders, who currently substantially subsiside state-funded care, says Ray Hart

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Court rules closure of Independent Living Fund was legal

December 9,2014

Up to 18,000 service users may lose disability support funding through transfer of ILF budget to councils

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Council unveils plan to scrap home care charges

December 8,2014

Decision marks the end of eight year battle by disability campaigners to see so-called "tax on disability" scrapped in west London borough

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‘Commissioners are asking us to deliver a Harrods service for an Aldi price’

December 4,2014

Community care services for adults with complex needs are being eroded because of underfunding. The ones who will suffer are the service users, warns Robin Bush

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How NHS England justifies its claim of a ‘real terms’ rise in mental health spending

December 4,2014

Last week NHS England told us spending was rising beyond inflation. We asked for the evidence. Here's what we were sent

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Ex-care minister: ‘Quarter of NHS cash boost should go to social care’

December 2,2014

Paul Burstow says chunk of health funding announced by government should go to social care to prevent further rationing of services

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How managers can assure themselves of the quality of their social workers

December 1,2014

It is vital for social work with adults to be quality assured and for the profession to be put in charge of doing so, say the authors of a new guide to the issue

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70,000 older people in significant need go without paid or unpaid care, finds study

November 27,2014

An additional 160,000 pensioners report receiving inadequate care and 380,000 older carers receive no local authority support, finds report by Independent Age and the Strategic Society Centre

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Campaigners to produce guidance on safeguarding powers of entry due to ‘inadequate’ official advice

November 26,2014

Government-commissioned guidelines will not help social workers in handling cases where access to vulnerable adult is blocked by third party, warns charity

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Minister to consult on changing law to transform learning disability care post-Winterbourne

November 26,2014

Norman Lamb promises green paper on potential reforms early in 2015 as latest blueprint for change is published by NHS England

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