Essex County Councils new social care trading company could earn the authority upwards of £3m a year in dividends and may take over the running of some local PCT services, bosses have revealed.
Reform of Council tax remains a taboo subject in Westminster. Tom Shakespeare explains how the Conservatives could implement much needed reform without causing a poll tax style backlash.
A Whitehall report provides strong evidence that the weakest and most vulnerable are likely to suffer first from spending cuts. The restrictions mean that by next spring about 600,000 elderly will have lost the right to free home help since 2006
An adult social services outrage on a par with the Baby P tragedy is bound to happen without urgent reform to the current system, Britains largest public-sector union has warned.
Home owners face paying more council tax simply for enjoying nice views or having a patio or off-street parking. Officials have secretly assessed more than 11million homes for ‘desirable features’ as Labour prepares for a revaluation of council tax after a General Election. Ministers admit the Valuation Office Agency is building a huge database of all 23million homes in England.
LGA claims that one suggested funding model in the just-published social care green paper is at odds with the personalisation agenda have been called into question
The use of council tax to fund local social care services could be banned as part of proposals to end postcode lotteries in the governments long-awaited social care green paper.
Care for the elderly will deteriorate without a controversial new care insurance scheme, Health Secretary Andy Burnham insisted last night.As he prepared to unveil the biggest shake-up of social care in a generation, Mr Burnham told the Daily Mail that the Government has not yet decided whether to make payments into the scheme voluntary or compulsory.
Plans to scrap the two-tier system of long-term care for the elderly, which gives no help to thousands of middle-class families, will be outlined this week. Ministers are proposing the creation of a universal system giving all families the same basic entitlement to help, with the same legal protection, right to an assessment of needs and help in navigating the complex fees of care homes.
Elderly people will no longer be forced to sell their homes to pay for care under government proposals to be unveiled next week in a long awaited green paper on tackling the spiralling cost of care for an ageing population.