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Social care cuts to continue in spite of £1bn boost, English councils say

Local authorities plan to find £824m of savings, meaning they will be spending £6bn less on social care than in 2010 when austerity began.

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.

Universal basic income trials being considered in Scotland

Two councils, Fife and Glasgow, are investigating idea of offering everyone a fixed income regardless of earnings.

MPs Warn Older People Will Suffer Due To Delays In Care Cost Cap

Public accounts committee says cuts in local government could mean costs fall on other services, carers or people cared for.

Letters: Privatisation Threatens Dementia Care In Cheshire

Concerns that privatisation, as an option to be considered by the Council, could lead to a watering down of the terms and conditions for the carers.




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".

Austerity will have cast an extra 1.5m children into poverty by 2021

Lone-parents, disabled children and ethnic minorities will be among worst-hit, says EHRC.

Childcare voucher changes delayed after Commons debate

Government agrees to keep system open for six more months after pressure from Labour.

Reverse universal credit cuts, Iain Duncan Smith tells chancellor

Thinktank says 340,000 people could be taken out of poverty if Philip Hammond takes action.