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New ways of offering people more choice and control over their social care can make a real difference but further work is needed to ensure everyone can benefit, says a report. Since 2014 councils have been responsible for implementing Self-directed Support (SDS), which offers people more choices around their support…
More people should be benefiting from a planned transformation of social care, a new report has said. The review found "no evidence" of the radical change needed to fully implement a ten-year strategy for self-directed support (SDS). The policy, drawn up by the Scottish Government and council body Cosla in…
A senior MP has called for an urgent review of assessments for disability benefits, amid warnings people are having their payments withdrawn incorrectly and are being forced to use food banks. Frank Field, chairman of the Work and Pensions select committee, has written to ministers saying the current process fails…
People who receive care at home have described going two weeks without a shower, getting their evening meal at 3.30pm and receiving care from workers who are "unable to boil an egg" in a new report. Staff coming at different times and even missing appointments have also been highlighted in…
A "fantasist" who posed as a barrister to trick a terminal cancer sufferer out of her life savings is facing prison. Michael Cremin conned Sandra Burch out of £92,000 in a fraudulent property deal to buy himself a £29,000 Volkswagen Scirocco. Ms Burch, 51, from Salisbury, Wiltshire, quit her job…
A Northern Irish care home has been closed due to "systemic care failings" that posed a "serious risk to life" in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh. Ashbrooke Care Home, operated by Runwood Homes, was the subject of an unannounced inspection by The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) last Wednesday. The RQIA…
Police have said 'safeguarding concerns' at eight West Sussex care homes are the subject of ongoing enquiries into the circumstances of twelve deaths dating back to 2015. West Sussex County Council said placements had now been suspended to eight homes run by Sussex Health Care, which has a total of…
A 38-year-old Down's Syndrome sufferer is to get more than £10,000 compensation from a council after his wife was told to stop having sex with him. Council staff wrote to the woman warning that her that she could be committing a crime if they had sex because he did not…
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