Category: Community Care- Adults

  • New training routes into social work pledged in adult care white paper

    Story updated, 2 December 2021 The government has pledged to invest in new training routes into social work as part of its white paper on adult social care reform, published today. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said these would be funded from £500m allocated for developing the adult social care workforce from […]

  • Supreme Court rules on mental capacity and sexual consent

    People need to understand that their sexual partners must be able to give and maintain consent in order to have capacity to engage in sex, the Supreme Court has found. In its first major ruling on assessing capacity, the court rejected an appeal brought by a disabled man, JB, against a 2020 Court of Appeal […]

  • ‘Rapidly deteriorating situation’ for social care, finds ADASS

    Staff shortages are driving a “rapidly deteriorating situation” for people needing care and their carers, directors warned today. Waits for assessments and care, commissioned home care left undelivered and provider failure are all increasing, despite more care being provided found an Association of Directors of Adult Social Services survey of members, covering August to October this […]

  • Council ‘failed to consider man’s circumstances’ in assessing finances

    A council failed to take into account a man’s circumstances in deciding not to disregard the the costs of a holiday carer from his financial assessment, which meant that he could not go on holiday. The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has asked Northumberland council to review its decision not to consider this cost […]

  • Cap on care costs: MPs back reduction in benefit for less wealthy

    MPs have backed a government amendment to change the cap on care costs in a way that would reduce its benefit for less wealthy people facing “catastrophic costs”. The change to the Care Act 2014 would mean that only client contributions to care costs will count towards the £86,000 cap for those receiving means-tested support […]

  • Cap on care costs ‘will do little for less well off’ following government change

    The government’s care funding reforms will do very little for those with longstanding needs and modest wealth, following changes that reduce their benefit for the less well-off. That was the warning today from Andrew Dilnot, whose commission devised the blueprint for the cap on care costs that the government will bring in from 2023, after […]

  • ADASS urges £1,000 winter bonus for care staff in England to stem workforce pressures

    Directors have urged the government to fund a £1,000 winter bonus for adult social care staff in England to stem a mounting workforce crisis. The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services said the measure would show care work was valued and provide staff in England with the recognition counterparts in Scotland, Wales and Northern […]