In Brief - Ayesha Choudhrey with a Roundup of Support & Social Care Developments

In Brief - Ayesha Choudhrey with a Roundup of Support & Social Care Developments

Community Care:

Court fees 'insult' to independent social workers

Hundreds of independent social workers could be forced to stop giving expert evidence in court, following "insulting" government plans to slash their fees.

In Control: Personal budgets delivering improved outcomes

Personal budgets have improved the lives of most users but fewer clients have true control over their care and support than official estimates indicate says In Control.

Shannon Matthews; Council cuts; End-of-life care

An investigation into why social services failed to prevent one of the most notorious recent cases of child abuse is running a year late and is unlikely to be completed before the election.

News round-up: overlooked elderly, mum flees social services, SCR call

The Audit Commission found that most local authorities have not made plans for how their services will be affected by the growth in the number of elderly people.

Social care row: Lib Dem urges Tory chief to attend conference

Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Norman Lamb has urged Tory opposite number Andrew Lansley to attend this Friday's conference on social care funding reform, to help get efforts to forge a cross-party consensus back on track.

Inside housing:

Numbers of homeless households drop

The number of people homeless dropped by 22 per cent in the last quarter of 2009, compared to the same period the previous year.

Green paper to set out future for housing

The Scottish Government will publish a green paper looking for new ways to address the need for housing in the country, the housing minister has announced.

Speaking on the first day of the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland conference in Glasgow today, Alex Neil said there were eight major issues facing housing.

Housing services receive zero stars

Two councils have received zero-star ratings for their housing services from the Audit Commission.

Watchdog tells councils to reduce care home spending

Councils should reduce the amount they spend on residential care for older people so it is below government targets, the public spending watchdog has recommended.

Mental health scheme hailed

Tenants with mental illnesses used a £27,000 support budget to pay for art lessons, visits to grandchildren and tennis equipment as part of a radical plan to improve their mental health. Nineteen Look Ahead Housing and ...

Social landlords ‘put lone staff at risk'

The safety of a growing number of housing staff is being jeopardised because they are being asked to work alone with potentially dangerous tenants, the UK's biggest union has warned. Unite spoke out ...

Sheltered residents: ‘bring wardens back'

Almost all sheltered housing residents would not have moved into their home if they had thought there was any threat to its resident warden service, a survey has found. Sheltered Housing UK, which ...

On Air

Councils to phase out use of benefit cheques

A piece of social history is coming to an end as councils phase out the payment of housing benefit by cheque. Local authorities in London, the south west and the north have asked claimants to switch to ...


Research report: Housing Benefit Survey 2010

Crisis conducted two surveys on Housing Benefit - one was sent to housing advisors working on Private Rented Sector access schemes and one was sent to crisis clients. This report contains the findings from both surveys and Crisis' recommendations for Housing Benefit reform.

Response to government: Crisis' response to the DWP consultation - Supporting people into work: the next stage of Housing Benefit reform

Crisis' response to the DWP consultation on the Housing Benefit system.

Crisis urges Government to advance protection for tenants

Crisis has welcomed plans by the Government, which include setting up a national register of landlords to protect tenants. But the charity warns that speed is of the essence if these proposals are to become law before the general election.

Crisis welcomes second reading of tenants' protection bill

Crisis has welcomed today's (Friday 29 January) second reading of a bill to protect private tenants from sudden eviction when their landlord is repossessed, but is now calling on the Government to ensure enough parliamentary time is available for the bill to pass through both houses and become law.

Changing Lives grants available


Crisis Changing Lives grants are now available to homeless or ex homeless people. Apply now until the 19 May for grants for course fees, self employment costs, equipment or tools to get into employment. See Changing Lives webpages for more details.

Learning Disability Forum:

Autism care provider welcomes the National Autism Strategy

Brookdale Care, one of the UK's leading providers of specialist hospital, residential and supported living services for people living with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), has welcomed the publication of "Rewarding and fulfilling lives.

Ministers sets targets to help people with mental health conditions and learning disabilities

Ambitious new targets to help more people with mental health conditions and learning disabilities in the workplace, are announced today by Minister for Disabled People Jonathan Shaw.

Autism Charity Welcomes Government Strategy

A national charity has welcomed a strategy to help adults living with autism announced by the Government today.

Disability Charity Welcomes Flexible Working Report

A disability organisation today welcomed a report highlighting the benefits of flexible working.

Riding Centre Launches Sensory Garden Appeal

A Sidmouth-based charity that provides riding therapy to children with special needs has launched an appeal to raise money for a new sensory garden.

Local Authorities 'Undermine' Funding Shake Up For Disabled People

A national disability charity has today published a report claiming that local authorities risk undermining moves to give disabled people greater choice in housing and services by failing to provide essential information to those who need it.

Party Leaders Back Autism Sunday

Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Conservative leader David Cameron are among a host of public figures lending their support to Autism Sunday, taking place this weekend.


People With Learning Disabilities DJ At Valentine's Club Night

Young people with learning disabilities from North Finchley will be DJing, mixing and MCing at a Valentine's themed club night at the weekend.

IT Volunteers Link Up With Disability Charity

A volunteer consultancy that helps charities use computers became part of a national disability charity last week, in a move that will make computers more accessible for people with disabilities.

Delaying Motherhood 'Increases Risk Of Autism'

Delaying motherhood increases a woman's chances of having an autistic child, a study has shown.

Judge Approves £5.6m Compensation Package For Disabled Teenager

A High Court judge has described being "humbled" by the devoted care given by the family of a Buckinghamshire girl brain-damaged at birth as she gave her backing to a £5.6 million compensation package.

Special Needs School Labelling Slammed

Schools are wrongly diagnosing thousands of children with special needs in an effort to boost their league table scores, a  Government adviser has suggested.

Better Protection for Vulnerable Adults

The most vulnerable people in society will be better protected by local agencies such as councils, the police and the NHS, Care Services Minister Phil Hope announced today.

Charities Welcome Moves To Protect Vulnerable From Abuse

Charities today welcomed measures to protect vulnerable adults and elderly people from abuse.

Personalisation Toolkit:

Additional support for local delivery of personal budgets

Jeff Jerome, National Director for Social Care Transformation at ADASS, has written to all councils in England offering to provide extra support to councils to implement personal budgets over the next 12 months. For more information see the letter sent to directors of adult social services on 5 February 2010.

Launch of the national evaluation of the Partnerships for Older People Projects (POPPs)

The key message coming out of the evaluation is that preventative services result in an improved quality of life for participants and considerable savings, as well as better local working relationships. Different types of prevention generated different amounts of savings. The pilots were so successful because services were developed by local people to meet local needs - the involvement of older people and staff in how the services changed and developed was essential.

A guide to co-production with older people

A small co-production design team involving older people and strategic leads from three local authorities worked with NDTi and Helen Sanderson Associates to produce a further related publication on understanding co-production and how to make it happen with older people.  

Personal budgets for older people - making it happen

As part of the work that has taken place on learning from best practice in making personal budgets work well for older people, a new guide has been produced by the Older People and Ageing Programme at the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) and the Putting People First delivery team at the Department of Health.

Department of Health:

Innovation to be at the heart of care and support services

Care Services Minister Phil Hope visits state of the art 'wise home'.


Integrated care network to drive up quality of care

Personalised, seamless care services for local people are at the heart of a new nation-wide community to drive up quality of care, share knowledge and shape policy.

Personal Care at Home Bill 2009/10

The Personal Care at Home Bill was announced in the Queen's Speech on 18 November, was introduced to Parliament on 25 November and received its second reading on 14 December.

Healthcare for people with learning disabilities (Gateway reference numbers: 13380 and 13497)

Letters from David Behan and Anne Williams to SHA chief executives and directors of adult social services respectively, about the action needed to respond to the recommendations of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman's report Six Lives.

Clarification of complaints regulations 2009 (Gateway reference number: 13508)

New regulations for handling NHS and adult social care complaints came into effect on 1 April 2009, however some local provider websites are still referencing the 2004 regulations. Additionally, clarification has been provided on the legislative position around complaints being handled by PALS, and cases where legal proceedings are being taken.

Safeguarding adults: the review of No Secrets (Gateway reference number: 13448)

Phil Hope, Minister of State for Care Services, announced the government response to the consultation on 'Safeguarding adults: the review of No Secrets' on 19 January. As a result, the government plans to introduce new legislation to make Safeguarding Adults boards a statutory requirement for local authorities, the NHS and the police.


Central and local roles in the funding of social care

11 Mar 2010: Letters: It may well be that the children of baby-boomers - in many cases affluent children - should be means-tested and assessed for contribution.

Charities back government plans to pay for care of elderly with inheritance levy

Andy Burnham, the secretary of state for health, favours a "progressive" estate levy to pay for a new social care system for the elderly, the Guardian has learned. The development came as a conference of charities, local authorities and experts today backed government plans for the need for a comprehensive system that would take into account people's ability to make a contribution.

Tories boycott talks on care for elderly

Shadow health secretary says meeting between ministers, charities, local authorities and care providers is 'Labour ploy'.

Free home care council diverting money from other vulnerable groups

Cash problem for Isle of Wight as it pioneers policy Gordon Brown wants to introduce nationally

Mental health provision for looked-after young 'inadequate'

Young people in care are not receiving consistent access to child and adolescent mental health services, says Ofsted report.

Adult social care plans don't have longevity

A single, modern act for adult social care is welcome, but the consultation paper feels some way short of a framework that could serve another 60 years, or even 30, says David Brindle

(Added to site Wednesday, July 14th, 2010)

Other Articles In This Issue

Briefing 10 Home
Revenue: There May be Trouble Ahead
The Evolution of the Personalisation Agenda
Tendering: What Should you do Before you Tender?
Tendering: What Should you do When You've Won?
Revenue: Strategies for Providers of Housing Support & Social Care
"Mainstreaming" Supporting People: What Does it Mean
Hoarding: What Lies Beneath it All?
Volunteering: Still an Important Contribution

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