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Will Osborne be convinced by economic case for social care?

With three weeks to go until George Osborne unveils how much (or little) money local government (and hence adult social care) will be getting in 2015-16, disability charities are ramping up their campaign for a fair deal for the sector. Having previously focused on the moral case for care, and specifically for ensuring everyone with […]

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Does top social care civil servant’s lack of sector background matter? The result

Ok, so that’s pretty overwhelming then. The vast majority of you (88% to be precise) think that it matters that new top social care civil servant’s lack of sector background matters, following our poll on the topic last month. And that’s after more than 300 votes. Sorry Jon. As I mentioned before, I hope to […]

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Burstow loses care minister’s job

Blog updated 4.50pm So the Twitter speculation of this morning (see below) was right and Paul Burstow has departed from his role as care services minister and from the government as a whole. In a valedictory statement, he describes his sadness in leaving his “dream job”, reflecting his long years campaigning on social care before […]

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How White Paper promise for social work failed to materialise

In the months running up to last week’s social care White Paper, care services minister Paul Burstow promised that social work would be at its heart. He said a shift in social workers’ focus from care management to community development would be a key plank of the government’s vision of transforming social care from a […]

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What would Labour do with social care?

I’ve been pretty neglectful of what Her Majesty’s Opposition has been saying about adult social care, mainly because we are three years from a general election and, to state the obvious, the rhetoric of opposition tells you little about what an incoming government would do. However, I’ve just been sent a speech that Labour’s shadow […]

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Council chiefs want Dilnot and more funding for existing system

You may well have read in The Daily Telegraph that the Local Government Association and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services have today called on the government to implement Andrew Dilnot’s (left) proposals in its forthcoming adult social care White Paper.LGA chair Merrick Cockell has written to all three party leaders urging them […]

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Pickup’s analysis of Dilnot bodes well for Adass presidency

I’m interviewing Sarah Pickup, the new president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, tomorrow, and have been doing a spot of background reading. One thing I came across was an article she wrote about the Dilnot commission’s review of social care funding in the last edition of Adass’s in-house magazine (p18). Pickup […]

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Meet the next president of Adass

This is Sarah Pickup, who takes over as president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services next week, succeeding Peter Hay. Pickup is the long-time director of adult services in Hertfordshire, and has been prominent on the national stage for some time in various roles for Adass, notably as the former chair of […]

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Charities urge halt to disability living allowance cuts

The ongoing battle over the government’s cuts to (or reform of) disability living allowance is reaching crisis point.Today, as the House of Lords prepares to debate the proposals in the Welfare Reform Bill, 16 charities have written a letter pressing the government to call a halt to the bill and subject its plans to replace […]

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David Cameron provides some respite for the CQC

The troubled (to put it mildly) Care Quality Commission has had some respite from its travails as an MPs’ hearing into its effectiveness, due today, has been postponed, reportedly because of David Cameron’s statement on Europe.Chief executive Cynthia Bower was due to face a grilling from the House of Commons public accounts committee, mainly about […]

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