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Six police officers and staff will face misconduct proceedings following the death of a man with mental health problems in police custody. A Devon and Cornwall Police sergeant, two detention officers and three police constables will face misconduct hearings, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said. Thomas Orchard, 32,…
An additional £10m is being made available to local authorities in Wales to enable social services to support people in their homes and communities, Health and Social Services Secretary Vaughan Gething has announced. The Cabinet Secretary made the announcement ahead of a statement in the Assembly earlier today, in which…
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead could fine rough sleepers up to £100 for begging or leaving their bedding in public places. The council came under fierce criticism last month when council leader Simon Dudley said the number of rough sleepers would put Windsor in a "sadly unfavourable light"…
A coroner has concluded that gross failure by a hospital contributed to the death of a man whose severe constipation meant he had to have 10kg of faeces removed from his bowels. Richard Handley, 33, who had Downs Syndrome and was from Lowestoft, Suffolk, died from a cardiac arrest in…
Care providers can now download new guidance from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman to help them provide clearer cost information in their contracts for service users. Based on learning from its investigations, the Ombudsman’s guide offers good practice on how to approach Funded Nursing Care (FNC) payments and…
Almost 20,000 people received "flying" visits of only 15 minutes for personal social care last year, according to a charity's research. Disability charity Leonard Cheshire said the figures were indicative of "a care system in crisis" and warned the numbers receiving such short visits were likely to be even higher.…
North Yorkshire County Council stopped paying for an elderly woman’s care home after it decided she gave away money to avoid paying the fees, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found. Following an investigation, the Ombudsman is now asking the council to reassess the woman’s finances and repay…
Social care in England is running as a "Cinderella service" - with the sector undervalued and its workers poorly rewarded, the National Audit Office (NAO) has said. A new report into the adult social care workforce in England concludes that the Department of Health and Social Care is not doing…
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