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Plans to cap the amount of money people in England spend on their social care could be jeopardised by a lack of funding, councils say.
Reforms to the adult social care system will cap the amount some people pay towards their care at £72,000 and allow them to apply for council funding.
But a poll of 152 councils in England found nine in 10 had concerns over the cost of the new scheme.
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The Care Quality Commission is to introduce to care homes a regime of special measures originally introduced to improve failing hospitals in England.
After the introduction of these special measures most hospitals have improved but 5 are still in special measures.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the scheme would be introduced for care homes and home-care agencies next year. That will cover 25,000 services and could lead to the closure of those that fail to improve.
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Volunteers are seen as the answer to the UK’s growing care problems because of the rising number of elderly people says government minister Norman Lamb.
Lamb was quoted as saying that modern families and the government were unable to meet demand because of a “neglectful” society.
Referring to “the dispersal of the extended family” he described a growing number of elderly people were now left lonely and that the state could not be expected to look after them.
His answer was to rely on volunteers to fill this care gap and suggested a version of “neighbourhood watch” to look after the care needs in the community.
“On our very streets we have people who live on their own, who don’t see anyone and whose relatives might visit once a month or whatever, but what’s life like in between?” he said.
Comparing the UK with Spain, where he said elderly people were looked after by their families, he said that the UK had become a “neglectful society”. To read more click here
Age UK and The Care and Support Alliance warn that individuals in England may lose access to home care under draft government guidelines.
The regulations, which are subject to consultation, set out the care needs someone must have to qualify for council-funded care. Age UK, warn that the new guidelines will result in many individuals who require care being blocked from the home care system. The Government refute these suggestions with the Care Minister Norman Lamb insisting that the system to be introduced will be much fairer.
Alzheimer’s UK state that the new guidelines which should be introduced in April 2015, will see all local authorities in England use the same minimum guidelines for determining whether they should provide care.
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