What we think

Funding crisis for local care homes

The care homes funding crisis continues. A series of new financial measures from our Local Authorities look set to cause even more pain to already beleaguered care homes in the region. This is somewhat surprising when set against the backdrop of Local Authorities being able to raise the council tax precept by an extra 3%… Read more

Care Fees Planning

The National Living Wage and Care

How will the National Living Wage impact the Care Sector? From 1 April 2016, the National Living Wage is being introduced From 1 April 2016 there will be five separate minimum wage rates: £7.20 per hour for workers aged 25 years or over (National Living Wage) £6.70 per hour for workers aged 21-24 years £5.30… Read more

Spring is in the Air and so is the Care Act

Like it or not the Care Act is here and is most likely to remain regardless of political comment in the run up to the parliamentary elections next month. Frankly, regardless of the colour of the next Government it is doubtful that any major changes will be made. Nevertheless, the elephant in the room that… Read more

Health and social care integration – Will it work?

Blogging seems to be a part of everyday life. When responsibly written they are a very good source of discovering current opinion, not least about the care sector. So, this month we thought we would reproduce a recent blog, with the authors’ approval, about health and social care integration. This was originally published by Caring… Read more

Care Fees Planning

Care Act Funding Reform – Will it work?

Care Briefing – February 2015 The jury is still out on this question largely because the fine print in the regulation and subsequent guidance has yet to be established. Indeed the Department of Health is consulting on this at the moment with a deadline of 30 March, one day before the Care Act 2014 goes… Read more