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Social workers blow the whistle on ‘unfair and unsafe’ adult care system

Survey shows that only 1 in 4 social workers feel England's adult social care system is 'fair and safe', due to devastating funding cuts.

600,000 pensioners could lose winter fuel allowance under LibDem plans

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has vowed to scrap winter fuel allowance for wealthier pensioners.

Millions of older people missing out on £3.5bn in unclaimed benefits

Around one in four UK pensioners are not claiming all the state benefits they are entitled to, research by Age UK shows.

Thousands of Scottish pensioners missing out on personal care payments

Research by Age Scotland found that four thousand older people were made to wait several weeks for a care assessment.

Councils need ‘full flexibility’ on how they spend £2bn social care funding

Council leaders say local authorities in England should be able to target the extra cash where it's needed most.

Council Tax rises not enough to fix the social care crisis

Social care in England faces a funding gap of at least £2.6 billion by 2020.

Older people to get help to downsize to free up family homes

Housing white paper to incentivise building of sheltered accommodation to encourage older people to sell large houses.

Attendance Allowance WILL NOT be devolved to local councils in England

A leading carers' charity has welcomed the Government's decision not to devolve responsibility for Attendance Allowance.

Four out five young carers receive no council support, says study

Children’s commissioner calls for local authorities to help more young people who care for sick, disabled or addicted relatives.

Care for elderly ‘close to collapse’ across UK as council funding runs out

Theresa May under pressure as doctors urge funding U-turn and cross-party alliance warns millions of people are at risk.

‘Widespread and systematic underfunding of homecare services’

Half a million older people at risk from £513 million UK homecare deficit.

English care home closures are leaving vulnerable people at risk, says watchdog

CQC warns that sector as a whole is at risk as providers of care for elderly and disabled people pull out over rising costs and cuts to council budgets.

Radical plan for old age as leak reveals care crisis

People likely to be urged to put money aside to cover their own costs.

Care home rooms now cost more than £30,000 a year

Government accused of having no strategy as figures show average pensioner’s income would not even cover six months of care.

Government ‘Carer’s Strategy’ must deliver improved support for unpaid carers

Carers UK has set out its vision of a society that respects, values and supports carers.

Half of pensioners rely on benefits to maintain their quality of life

More than half of pensioners would have to make significant alterations to their lifestyles if not for the benefits system, according to new research.

Poorest ‘hit hardest’ by state pension age rises, say Age UK

Groups with low life expectancy should be able to 'get state pension early', say Age UK.

Caring in later life significantly harms employment prospects

Age UK and Carers UK call for fresh approach to support those juggling work and unpaid care.

£1bn social care funding gap will have ‘worrying consequences’ for vulnerable people

New research highlights fundamental problems concerning how different social care services will be affected in the future.

One Million Older Pensioners In The UK Living In Poverty, Report Says

Pensioners aged 75 and over are on average £59 a week worse off than younger pensioners, according to a worrying new report.

Disabled Great-Grandad Forced To Crawl Upstairs Because Council Refuse To Fit Stairlift

Gordon Fraser, 73, has to crawl up the stairs in his home because Dundee City Council says fitting a stairlift would be a health and safety hazard.

Plans To Hand Control Of £5bn Benefit To Councils ‘Could Restrict Older People’s Care’

Responsibility for attendance allowance could be transferred to local authorities, but critics say it is disguised cost-cutting.




Employment grant for disabled people to rise by £15k, but is it enough?

Critics argue £57k cap on 'Access To Work' scheme should be lifted completely.

Grieving daughter handed her mother’s ashes to benefits assessor to prove she wasn’t ‘fit for work’

Inexcusable and heartless blunder by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Scrap ‘highly regressive’ council tax, says thinktank

Resolution Foundation says levy now resembles much maligned poll tax and should be replaced with more progressive system.

Tory welfare cuts ‘£3bn deeper than expected’

New figures reveal the freeze on working age benefits will erode household incomes much more deeply than originally forecast.

Corbyn urged to win votes by pledging £10bn more on care for disabled elderly

Fabian Society research identifies shortfall in funding for 1.2 million older people.

Terminally ill to be given priority over benefit underpayments, says McVey

Work and Pensions Secretary vowed to prioritise "any individuals whom we know from our systems to be terminally ill".