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Archive | December, 2010

Joy for care workers as temporary migrant cap ruled illegal

The government’s temporary migration cap has been ruled illegal and quashed because it did not follow parliamentary procedure correctly in introducing it. This means that many care workers who had had their work permits removed should get them reinstated. Big news for the sector.

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Portability of social care must go hand-in-hand with localism

It seems I wasn’t the only one thinking about localism this morning.Marije Davidson, public affairs manager for RADAR, writes on her blog that while local control is desirable disabled people must be able to move from one place to another and take their services with them.

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Are cuts making social care less accountable?

Yesterday, Swindon Council took the plunge and decided to outsource most of its social care provision to a social enterprise. However, one of Swindon’s councillors, Derique Montaut, points out to the Swindon Advertiser that this means it will not be subject to freedom of information law. It raises a serious question about accountability in the […]

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Learning disability campus closure deadline missed due to legal wrangling

The closure of NHS campuses for people with learning disabilities will miss its deadline due to legal wrangling.The previous government set a target to close all NHS campuses by the end of this year. But in this will not be met.Campuses are group homes for former long-stay hospital residents, where learning disabled people have been […]

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Councils must offer autism training to social workers

Social workers will get training on autism following ‘landmark’ statutory guidance to be published later today.The guidance is the first to be published under the Autism Act 2009 and follows the Autism strategy published earlier this year.The document will say that councils should offer autism training to all key staff.It will also make it clear […]

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Scotland and England at odds over personalisation

Scottish public health minister Shona Robison has today published a draft bill to enshrine self-directed support as the mainstream system of supporting adults with care needs in the country.The Scottish government wants to move away from having a local authority arranged service as being the default option for service users; instead they want choice and […]

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Councils slam Eric Pickles for ‘disguising’ cuts

Yesterday I blogged on the local government settlement and its implications for social care and have picked up another couple of nuggets from conversations I’ve had with councils leaders.Essentially, they are not pleased with the way the settlement has been portrayed by communities secretary Eric Pickles (the man on the left). Specifically, they object to […]

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Reform board recommends supervision, standards and stringent qualifications

The social work reform board has made a huge set of recommendations to further improve standards within both children’s and adults social work.A new career framework, regular supervision and tougher entry requirements for social work courses are all among the changes trumpeted.You can get all the details in our special report.

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Independent Living Fund’s abolition splits opinion

We reported earlier this week on the planned abolition of the Independent Living Fund. The government seems to be considering merging the ILF’s £360m a year budget for severely disabled people into personal budgets managed by councils – an idea put forward in a 2007 review into the fund for the last government.Today we have […]

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Half of carers are being made ill by caring

Half of carers have poor health as a result of caring a report by the NHS Information Centre concluded yesterday.The full report had quite a lot to say about carers situation today. Here are my personal highlights: Only a small number (6%) of carers said they had been offered a carer’s assessment and four per […]

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