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The Ombudsman has published a care home complaints guide. See article in Care Home Professional.

Scie, the Social Care Institute for Excellence has launched a new website aimed at carers. You can access it here.

A report from law firm Winckworth Sherwood, called The Other End of The Housing Market: House for Older People, supported by the Housing LIN, builds on a survey that sought to better understand what practical measures might be taken to improve later life housing.

The Care Inspectorate has published a report looking into the dependency needs of care home residents. It uses data from a large sample of Scottish care homes. Click here.

The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) has produced a six-page guide giving 10 tips when looking for social care. Click here.

An article on the CareKnowledge website called Retirement on Hold: Supporting Older Carers. Click here.

Some practical tips for supporting people at home with dementia - useful information on the Housing LIN website. Click here.

If you employ your own personal assistants (PAs) or carers using a direct payment or your own money, you can ask for money to pay for training for you and your staff. Funding closes on 28th February, 2017, at 5pm. Click here to find out more from Skills for Care and to make an application. Skills for Care has produced a report on PAs - click here.

DUET Diabetes has produced a postcard giving useful links for nurses and carers of people with diabetes. Click here for the postcard.

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (Scie) has produced a guide for people who arrange their own home care. It describes the standard of care you should expect from a home care provider and explains what you should do if your provider is failing to deliver good care. Click here.

State of Care Report warns adult social care approaching tipping point. Link to Scils newsdesk.

A link to a report on the CareKnowledge website by the UK Home Care Association which examines the extent of under-funding for homecare services for older people across all four administrations of the United Kingdom.

Demands are increasing on health and social care. State of Care – the Care Quality Commission's annual overview of health and social care in England – looks at the trends, highlights examples of good and outstanding care, and identifies factors that maintain high-quality care. Click here.

New research from the Institute of Education (IOE) underlines why people currently in their fifties believe that they may be the most tightly squeezed sandwich generation of modern times. Click here for a PDF.

Carers UK has launched a digital resource for carers. This resource links to Carers UK online resources and products, with links to local information and support. It can be accessed here.

CareKnowledge, a link to a caregiver study about dementia and financial incapacity.  

Caring Homes examines the impact of inaccessible and unsuitable housing on carers and their families. 

A new good practice guide, Managing Care Home Closures, has been published by the Care Quality Commission to help minimise the impact on people, and their families and carers, in the event of a care home closing in response to poor care, an emergency or market exit.

Carers UK has produced a briefing paper about the potential devolution of Attendance Allowance and the impact on carers. Click here.

Scotland and Wales have long-term care funding systems that are more generous than the one currently operating in England according to a report, says The Actuary.

The Carers Week 2016 research report presents key findings on Carer Friendly Communities across five themes: community, health, employment, education and older carers.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre has produced its first annual report on people with learning disabilities and/or autistic specrum disorder. The report is on CareKnowledge.

This document by NHS England on the CareKnowledge website looks at stopping the over-medication of people with learning disabilities.

If you support someone with a learning disability who is in trouble with the law - as a service provider, a family carer, or an advocacy service - this new guide from ARC England explains what happens when people get into trouble, what rights people have, and where to go for help.

The Government has extended the deadline for its consultation on a new carers strategy. The Department of Health's open consultation has been extended until 31st July 2016. The Government wants to hear from carers, those who have someone who care for them, business, social workers, NHS staff and other professionals that support carers. Click here for more information. 

More than half of carers report a bleak outlook for 2016 as a new law is not yet delivering promised improvements to their lives, according to Carers UK.

Learning about patients’ experiences of care in their own homes is the title of a blog by The King's Fund.

A Carer Passport is an easy way of standardising a hospital’s ‘offer’ to carers and improving the level of support given to carers, according to Carers UK

As the Government prepares to respond to a High Court ruling that the benefit cap unfairly discriminates against carers, Carers UK is calling for all carers to be exempt from the cap.

Think Local Act Personal has a useful care and support jargon buster. It is a plain English guide to the most commonly used social care words and phrases and what they mean, developed by people who use services, carers, representatives from local authorities, information providers and key stakeholders from across the social care sector.

Nearly half (43%) of councils who answered a Freedom of Information request are ignoring new rules intended to protect families from paying unfair care home fees for their relatives, according to Independent Age.

Carers UK has contributed to a report called The Health and Wellbeing of Unpaid Carers

The future abolition of the Attendance Allowance? News on Disability Rights UK website.

Personal budgets are an amount of money, funded by the NHS or through social care, which is used to offer individuals choice and control over their care, treatment and support. This report called Personal Budgets as an integral form of NHS care: A discussion paper argues that personal budgets should be seen a as a welcome advance towards more ‘people powered’ services. 

The Care Quality Commission is to involve members of the public on more inspections than ever before. See story here

The High Court has ruled that carers in receipt of Carer’s Allowance should be exempt from the benefit cap, following a judicial review challenge to the policy and its impact on carers and the disabled, seriously-ill or older loved ones they support. Report on Carer's UK website.

About Carers Rights Day from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

Half of carers may be missing out on vital support they are entitled to, research finds. Link to Alzheimer's Society website saying £1.1 billion of Carer's Allowance (the main benefit available to carers) goes unclaimed every year and 95% of carers who are entitled to funding through Carer's Credit are not currently claiming it. 

The private residential care sector faces a potentially fatal crisis. Local authority spending on social care for older people has fallen in real terms by 17% since 2009/10 and, increasingly, local authority fees are failing to cover providers’ operational costs. A report called The Care Collapse: The imminent crisis in residential care and its impact on the NHS

Carers UK warns of “enormous” hidden costs of not training carers to support their loved ones. Report here.

Unpaid carers in the East of England save the UK £11.4 billion a year, according to Carers UKRead the report in full.

The Government has been urged to protect the elderly as providers face financial squeeze from falling fees and rising wages - article in The Guardian.

A two-tier care home system could be created if proper funding is not offered to pay staff the new national living wage, the Government has been warned. A report in the East Anglian Daily Times.

Are councils meeting their new duties to support unpaid carers? A report from CareKnowledge.

The Centre for Workforce Intelligence has produced a report called Forecasting the adult social care workforce: a summary report of workforce intelligence which suggests the adult social care workforce will need to grow from 1.2 million to almost 1.6 million to meet a 33% growth in adult social care demand by 2030.

New research by Carers Trust reveals that few councils in England have outlined how they are fulfilling the duties required of them under the Care Act 2014. 

News from Carers UK

Charity Carers Trust works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. It has produced a report called Prevent, Reduce, Delay: Are Councils Meeting their New Duties to Support Unpaid Carers?

Unpaid carers are now saving the UK £87 billion every year in potential care costs according to Carers.org

A report on CareKnowledge which provides a comprehensive overview of the size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England as at 2014 - by Skills for Care.

A report from the United Kingdom Home Care Association looking at the current stability survey of the home care market.