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The deepening crisis in social care

While we are now all too familiar with the perilous state of the social care system, the latest report from Age UK makes for sobering reading. It estimates that as many as 1.2 million people aged 65 or above – equivalent to roughly one in eight – are not receiving the support they require for [...]

February 22nd, 2017|

The inconvenient truth about social care

Years of inadequate funding for social care were inevitably going to have consequences. A combination of reduced funding and higher staff costs, following the ‘living wage’ increase have put profitability under severe strain across the care sector. As a result, care providers are beginning to hand back contracts, with 57% of local authorities experiencing this within the [...]

December 14th, 2016|

The Autumn Statement: Silence on social care

Over the past few months, we have seen MPs, medical professionals, council leaders and care leaders united in their belief that urgent action is needed to close the social care-funding gap. Without this, they said, the results could be catastrophic. On Wednesday, the social care sector eagerly awaited the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. Given the strength [...]

November 28th, 2016|

The Autumn Statement: Time for action on social care

Warnings of a crisis in social care have become more frequent and more urgent in recent months. As we head towards winter, medical professionals, care workers, MPs, council leaders and charities alike have been telling us that we are on course for a disaster of untold proportions. The government recently promised an additional £3.5 billion to add to [...]

November 10th, 2016|

Homecare: do Councils pay enough?

A report from UK Homecare Association (UKHCA) published today raises the issue of local councils paying homecare providers less and less, putting the whole sector under enormous financial strain and limiting its ability to deliver high quality care to vulnerable adults. The report finds that publicly-funded older people’s homecare is under threat of a £513 million [...]

October 25th, 2016|

A new tax?

Headlines were made last week by calls from Dr Dan Poulter – a former health minister – for an additional tax to fund health and social care in order to save it from collapse. Poulter’s experiences make him an astute judge of the sector’s performance. As well as serving as a minister in the Department of Health, [...]

September 5th, 2016|

Social care in post-Brexit Britain

The surprise result in the UK’s European Union (EU) referendum has created many questions about the future our relationship with the EU and its economic prospects as a result. Business and political leaders working in the social care sector – which was already facing significant challenges before the referendum – need to rally together to [...]

July 27th, 2016|

Managing the new normal

On April the first this year, the National Minimum Wage that employers are obliged to pay staff increased to £7.20 an hour for those aged 25 and over. As a result of this policy, millions of low paid workers have seen their salaries increase by 50 pence an hour, which will make a significant difference [...]

May 18th, 2016|

A sector under pressure

In April, one of Britain’s biggest residential care providers, Four Seasons Care, reported an annual loss of £264 million – putting even more pressure on a company £500 million in the red. The collapse of Four Seasons would have severe fallout for its residents – the firm cares for 18,500 elderly people in 62 homes – as [...]

May 10th, 2016|

What does a support worker do?

Ever wondered what it's like to be a support worker? Read our first-hand experiences and how to get involved in support work with Prestige Nursing + Care today.                                            Support workers are a vital part of providing vulnerable people with care, and are able to radically improve their quality of life.  Support workers assist individuals who [...]

March 23rd, 2016|