Risk register for state-funded homecare news

August 15, 2018

The United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) has produced a report looking at the risks to the stability of the state-funded homecare market. Concerns have been growing over the stability of the state-funded homecare sector, with reports of providers handing back contracts to local authorities. UKHCA’s report lays out the findings of its Read the full article…

£76m a year for specialised housing news

August 14, 2018

Thousands of extra homes, specially designed for people with disabilities, mental health issues and older people who need extra support, will be created over the next three years with an additional £76m a year for specialised housing announced by Government today. The fund is run in partnership with Homes England Read the full article…

Autism and learning disabilities a priority for NHS news

August 13, 2018

NHS England has announced that autism and learning disabilities will be a priority in its plan to improve health services. The announcement has been welcomed across the sector. Jane Harris, Director of External Affairs at the National Autistic Society, said, ‘This is fantastic news. Hundreds of thousands of autistic people Read the full article…

Latest delayed transfer of care figures news

August 10, 2018

Latest delayed transfer of care figures show a decrease compared to June 2017, according to data published by NHS England. There were 134,300 total delayed days in June 2018, of which 88,800 were in acute care. This is a decrease from June 2017, where there were 177,900 total delayed days, Read the full article…

Funding for supported housing: Government response news

August 9, 2018

The Government has responded to two consultations on funding for supported housing, stating that housing benefit will be kept in place for all those living in supported housing. Ministers recognise that supported housing is a vital service for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, and last year Read the full article…

Unison appeal sleep-in ruling news

August 8, 2018

Unison, acting on behalf of Tomlinson-Blake in the ongoing sleep-in shift legal battle with Mencap, has lodged an official application to appeal to the Supreme Court following Mencap’s victory at the Court of Appeal. If the Supreme Court accepts the decision and grants leave to appeal, it will cause further Read the full article…

Emerging Concerns Protocol news

August 7, 2018

Eight health and social care regulators and other bodies have signed an ‘Emerging Concerns Protocol’ to help them share concerns with each other more effectively. The agreement seeks to provide a clearly defined mechanism for the signatories to share information and intelligence that may indicate risks to service users, their Read the full article…

Social media and Government failing people with disabilities news

August 6, 2018

A cross-party group of MPs believe that social media companies and the Government have failed disabled users and must act urgently. To ensure the views of disabled people are heard, the Committee has launched a consultation on their draft recommendations for action. The consultation covers 14 draft recommendations, including making Read the full article…

Last-time buyers and retirement villages – new research news

August 3, 2018

Retirement villages are an increasingly popular option for last-time buyers, according to new research from Inspired Villages Group and Legal & General. The last-time buyers research programme, delivered in conjunction with economics consultancy, Cebr, revealed: 18% of last-time buyers said that they would be willing move to retirement housing or Read the full article…

Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List 2018 news

August 2, 2018

The Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List 2018 is the UK’s first national listing of people with learning disabilities and/or autism who are helping to make things better for themselves and others. The Leaders’ List is a project created by Dimensions, in association with Learning Disability England, VODG and the Read the full article…