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Major report underlines social care crisis

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At 88 pages, the Adult Social Care Ninth Report of Session, published by the House of Commons on 27 March 2017, takes some digesting. However, anyone following the downward spiral of social care as funding has tightened, will know that this Report... Read more


Labour raise in-house home care motion

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In the last Full Council before local elections in May, Labour raise a Motion to create an in-house (council) home care workforce. An in-house workforce is 20-30% more expensive due to public sector overhead costs. And our view is that, the home... Read more


This is a large crisis

Yet another 'expose' on social care this time by BBC's Panorama on 20 March reveals a crisis in home care. Whilst the figures are startling - 1 in 4 home care providers at risk of bankruptcy and 95 councils reporting the handing back of contracts -... Read more


Mental Capacity and DoLS reports published

The Law Commission published their final report and draft Bill on the Mental Capacity Act and the Deprivation of Liberties Safeguards on 13 March 2017. The draft report sets out 47 recommendations, including a pressing urgency that DoLS to be... Read more


Budget 2017 – allocations revealed

The list of additional social care allocations announced in the spring Budget 2017 for the 152 local authorities across England has revealed that Oxfordshire will get an extra £15,942,333 spread across the three years: £6,276,373 in 2017-18 ... Read more


Budget 2017

So what is the detail behind the headline £2bn additional funding spread over three years for adult social care? Philip Hammond said: The Budget takes further steps to improve the services people care most about, providing more support for... Read more


Health+Care partners with the Care Association Alliance

Health+Care partners with the Care Association Alliance to bring local members exceptional learning and networking opportunities in 2017 On the 28-29 June 2017, Excel London will host the fifth annual Health+Care conference – the largest and... Read more


World Book Day 2017

Today is World Book Day and we fully support the promotion of reading. For many of us who grew up prior to the omni-present internet age, reading provided escapism and, perhaps less attractively, a route into learning and formal education. As an... Read more


CQC finishes first round

Phew, the Care Quality Commission has announced completion of the first round of inspections of all services (both social care and health) that were registered prior to 1 October 2014. Some 38,000 visits done amounts to a mountain of data. Whilst... Read more


No new funding for local government

The recent announcement that central government will not provide any new funding in 2017-18 for local government is hugely disappointing, though not surprising. Not least is the perilous state of local councils forcing many to consider technical... Read more