|Commons briefing on forthcoming social care green paper: This briefing discusses what we know so far about government plans for what might appear in the, much delayed, social care green paper – expected at the end of the year. When published, the paper will cover funding for all adult social care in England. In England, adults aged 18−64 represented 33% of adult social care recipients but accounted for half of all spending on adult social care. Read more
Care Quality Commission latest news: Updates for organisations that represent people who use services.
- Care Quality Commission’s Community Mental Health Survey highlight concerns around access to care, care planning and support for people with mental health conditions in relation to physical health needs, financial advice or benefits.
- Equally Outstanding, a resource which shows how a focus on equality and human rights can improve care quality – even in times of financial constraint – has been updated.
- Can you help CQC find case studies of people’s experiences of care? They want to recruit 3-5 people to take part in video case studies, including people working in health and social care settings.
Who cares? The implications of informal care and work for policymakers and employers: This Work Foundation paper outlines some of the implications associated with the growing number of informal carers in the UK, the health and social care system’s increasingly unsustainable reliance on them, and what Government and employers can do about it. Read more
Switching Focus: Whose responsibility to improve disabled peoples employment and pay: This report addresses the question of whether there is a set of policy levers that could, together, encourage employers to improve disabled people’s employment and pay. Read report
MPs consider impact of Brexit withdrawal agreement on health and social care: The Health and Social Care Committee questioned the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the CEO of NHS England and academics and experts, on the likely impact of the withdrawal agreement and political declaration on the health and social care sector. Read more
Work and Pensions Committee investigates DWP recovery of carer overpayments: The DWP estimates that it overpays £160 million in Carer’s Allowance on an annual basis and is now looking to recover that money. Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, Right Honourable Frank Field MP, said: “….No carer should have to suffer as result of such shocking ineptitude and I believe those overpayments that are the fault of the Government’s own incompetence should be written off with the greatest urgency.” Read more
Action required to improve major roads to make them more accessible for disabled road users: In new research from Transport Focus, the independent transport user watchdog, disabled road users identify a number of changes that could radically improve their use of major roads. Read more