1.2 million UK people aged 65 and over do not receive the care and support they need

Age UK report calls for urgent action, including cash injection in spring budget and development of long-term plan The government has urged people to care for their ageing parents, to compensate for any social care inefficiencies. Photograph: Tomas Rodriguez/Getty Images/Picture Press RM Social care in England is at risk of imminent collapse in the worst […]

via English social care system for elderly facing ‘complete collapse’ : Guardian. — DWPExamination.

Cuts to support killed my neighbours,’ MPs are told


By John Pring Disability News Service 26th January 2017

A disabled campaigner has told MPs that he believes cuts to support have contributed to a quarter of his neighbours in the sheltered housing development where he lives dying in just one year.

Larry Gardiner told the communities and local government select committee this week, as part of its inquiry into adult social care, that five of his neighbours had died in the last year.

He said that to lose so many neighbours in such a short period of time was “absolutely unprecedented”.

He said: “Some of those deaths were expected and anticipated… but there were others which I think were premature, unexpected and for which there should be an investigation, and there hasn’t been.”

read more here: http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2017/01/26/cuts-to-support-killed-my-neighbours-mps-are-told/

Sick and disabled forced ‘to pay for OWN care assessments’ by shameless Tory council

Furious Labour MPs and campaign groups hit out at plans by Tory-run Northamptonshire County Council to force people need of social services to pay £50 for a needs assessment before they can access care

A shameless Tory council is poised to become the first in Britain to start charging the sick and disabled for their own care assessments.

Furious Labour MPs and campaign groups hit out at plans by Tory-run Northamptonshire County Council to force people need of social services to pay £50 for a needs assessment before they can access care.

The plan appears to flaunt clear Whitehall instructions that town halls should provide care assessments for free.

“Charging for this is wrong,” said Andrew Boaden of the Alzheimer’s Society.

“The burden of paying for care already leaves many people choosing between a hot meal or buying in help to shower and get dressed.

“Charging for an assessment is another barrier that will make this already dire situation worse.”

Local people have already launched a campaign to stop the cruel £50 charge, which will apply to anyone who owns a home worth more than £23,250.

read more here: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/sick-disabled-forced-to-pay-9685866

Cost of social care has rocketed over last year, analysis shows

Research by TrustedCare.co.uk reveals huge rise in costs yet number of services rated as good or outstanding has fallen

The cost of social care rocketed over the last year, even as the proportion of services ranked good or outstanding fell, according to a new analysis.

Social care services directory TrustedCare.co.uk found that the price of a week in a care home jumped by almost a quarter over the last year, from an average of £557.86 a week to £686.32, while the cost of a nursing home rose more than a third from £692.17 per week to £924.82. The price per hour of care visits also rose, from £15.01 to £17.02.

The analysis was based on data from providers registered on TrustedCare, as well as calls made by its researchers to more than 100 services in each English county over the last four months.

Social care in the UK is provided through a mixture of individuals and government payments. However, concerns are growing over the system’s ability to cope with an ageing population and pressures on local government and NHS budgets.

TrustedCare’s researchers also looked at data from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which regulates and monitors social care, and found a 9% drop in the proportion of services ranked as either good or outstanding from 88.9% in 2015 to 79.8% over the past year.

The data, which was first compiled by the website in 2015, also showed large variation between regions.

read more: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/dec/05/cost-social-care-rocketed-last-year-analysis-shows-trusted?CMP=share_btn_tw

Liverpool City Council Tender Adults with a Learning Disability to the Cheapest Bidder

The new social worker, the second in two months, looked from Marie to me. Marie had been assessed and offered a permanent place in the respite home she had visited over a five year period, originally introduced through Liverpool City Council. It had been 2 and 1/2 months since we had applied and six weeks since assessment had been completed so I was expecting this new social worker to come with good news. Instead, he said, ‘If we give you more support could she continue to live at home?’ I was taken aback. I’d been asking for more support for years, but now it was too late. Years of struggling had ruined my health and I told him so.
He nodded towards Marie. ‘You won’t get your choice of home because she’s going to be offered for tender on the care portal.’ He stated.
Now I was confused.’Offered for tender on the care portal?’ I repeated the words hanging in the air.

‘Care providers will bid for her.’

Call me stupid but I still didn’t understand.’What do you mean, bid for her? I asked him.
‘She’ll be put out to tender and we’ll see what offers come in. We usually take the lowest’ he laughed.
I went to speak but couldn’t get the words out. I had never heard anything like it in my life. It was beyond my realm of perception. I just could not grasp what he was saying. ‘You don’t mean advertise her on the internet, do you?’ I asked expecting him to maybe laugh and tell me not to be so daft but instead he nodded.
I glanced over at Marie, innocent, trusting, vulnerable Marie and still in disbelief I said, ‘You don’t mean like, “51 year-old woman with a severe learning disability looking for a home..?” I trailed.

‘Yeah, that’s right’, he answered. 
I was dumbstruck. His mouth continued to move but I couldn’t hear the words.
I looked at Marie’s PA who was sitting beside me with eyes filled with tears, mirroring exactly what I felt. And I thought,  

Oh my God….Oh my God…. how has this ever been allowed to happen? How can these vulnerable people that we love so much be treated in such a cruel way? Their care for sale on the internet!

The state of social care in your area.

75% of requests for social care were denied last year in Brent.

7,075 people received social care from Brent in 2009.
5,240 people received social care from Brent in 2014.
That’s reduced by 26% since 2009.

6,745 people from Brent asked for social care last year.
Out of the 6,745 people who requested social care, 5,080 did not get any from Brent in 2015/16.
That’s 75% of requests that were denied social care.

But across Great Britain, at least 400,000 fewer people received social care in 2014 compared to 2009

I got this data from The Leonard Cheshire Society. To find out what the situation is in your own area, just enter a postcode here: https://socialcare.leonardcheshire.org/

Disabled people face ‘extreme risk of harm’ without sharp rise in care funding

More than half of people (58 per cent) who receive care and support services in England have seen their quality of life fall in the last year, according to a new survey by a disabled-led expert group.

A similar survey carried out last year found 45 per cent said their quality of life had fallen over the previous year.

read more here: http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/disabled-people-face-extreme-risk-of-harm-without-sharp-rise-in-care-funding/