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The dark side of austerity: Cuts targets for social workers

“At the moment, I’m going round and our clients have to justify the care packages they’ve already been given. We’re told, go out there and do everything you can to save money. If you can find any reason, any small excuse to reduce hours, do it. I have to save a certain amount every week. […]

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Do cuts in service user numbers represent more unmet need or effective prevention?

As we reported last month, official figures show a reduction of a quarter in the number of people receiving social care services from councils in England from 2007-8 to 2012-13, with a 9% fall from 2011-12 to 2012-13 alone. But how far does this represent an increase in unmet need and how far the increased […]

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Minister promises to review assessment provisions in Care Bill

Today sees the last debate of the summer in the House of Lords on the Care Bill. I will do a summary tomorrow (hopefully!) but you can listen to it here are the details if you have the time to watch the debate this afternoon. In the meantime I thought I’d briefly summarise a debate […]

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Hundreds and thousands: the number of new assessments social workers must do under care reforms

  As I’ve mentioned before, social workers and care managers face doing significantly more assessments under the Care Bill. But until now I haven’t bothered to actually look up how many, despite the information being contained in the government’s impact assessments on the legislation, published in May. Rather belatedly, I’ve now done this and the […]

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Social care cuts: the good, the bad and the worse to come

Today should be a historic day for social care, with the biggest reform bill in 60 years being announced in the Queen’s Speech. But the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services’ revelation that 20% will have been wiped off adult social care budgets from 2011-14 confirms that no one involved in the sector will […]

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Can the British make their politicians care about social care?

I went to a conference recently where one delegate estimated that 10 million people – or one-sixth of the UK population – had a direct stake in the adult social care system as service users, paid staff or informal carers. Were this group to found a political party it would be elected on a landslide […]

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Today’s social care funding proposal – behind the confusion

The Department of Health has now published the details of the government’s planned reform of care funding, from 2017, but there are quite a few potentially confusing aspects to it. So here are attempted answers to a few of the questions that arise: The government is going to introduce a £75,000 cap on care costs? […]

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Care bill debate: national care threshold likely to be at substantial level

I’ve just been listening to the latest evidence session of the parliamentary committee to scrutinise the Draft Care and Support Bill – which is designed to clarify, codify and modernise the law on adult social care in England in a single statute. So it’s pretty important (and will also apparently save social workers 20 to […]

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London boroughs warn efficiencies will not fill care funding gap

A report out today from London Councils poses a challenge to one of the key government narratives about adult social care – that the gap between resources for councils and the need for care will not grow so long as authorities do their utmost to make efficiency savings. The organisation that represents London boroughs has […]

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Legal row rumbles on over council care home fees

The legal row over care home fees in Devon rumbles on. To recap, a group of providers have taken the council to court twice over the way it set fees in the past year; each time, the council was challenged on three points of law, won on two and lost on one.  In the latest […]

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