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Adult social care - 20 May 2010

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Aduly social care briefing - the top local government news in one place.

NOTE: Click on the headlines for more on the stories.

TOP FOUR STORIES

Adult social care spend rises by 5%

The amount of money councils spent on providing adult social care rose by 5% in cash terms in 2008-09, according to Department of Health statistics. The £16.1bn figure compares with the previous year’s £15.3bn expenditure, with 1.78 million people receiving some services in England. Despite the ageing population, however, the amount of money councils spent on nursing care declined by 5% in cash terms to £1.4bn. (LGCplus report)

Social work college will ‘hold councils to account

Councils were warned to expect a new era of scrutiny when the National College of Social Work is established. Hilton Dawson, chief executive of the British Association of Social Workers, said local authorities - which employed the majority of the nation’s social workers - should expect the new national platform to have a “potent role” in overseeing their treatment of staff. (LGCplus report)

New Adass head warns of ‘tough year’

Richard Jones, the new president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, warned that social care leaders faced a “tough year to come”, with continued funding battles and the need to develop different ways of working. He said directors would be tasked with keeping up the momentum for a sustainable care and support system with the new government, as well as dealing with a wider reform agenda. (LGCplus report)

Violence against staff going unreported

Huge regional disparities in the number of violent and abusive incidents against social care staff recorded by councils in England were revealed by a Community Care investigation. Ruth Cartwright, joint manager for the British Association of Social Workers in England, accused employers of being unwilling to take the issue of violence against social care staff seriously enough. (Community Care report)

ADULT SOCIAL CARE ROUND-UP

Practice

A Joint Improvement Partnership has been set up to improve adult social care across the east of England. It will comprise local authorities, partner organisations, the voluntary sector, the service users themselves and carers.

Policy

A local authority circular updates information and support available to councils to drive the transformation of adult social care. Transforming Adult Social Care: the social care reform grants reinforces the details of how the ring-fenced grant and the additional capital monies should be used to help councils to redesign and reshape their systems.

Remuneration

Male managers in adult social care earn at least £1 an hour more than women who do the same jobs, according to a working paper by the Social Care Workforce Research Unit at King’s College London. Female care managers and supervisors in the private and voluntary sectors earned on average £14.11 an hour in 2009 in England while their male counterparts earned £15.27.

Events

Safeguarding Forum 2010, HSJ Conferences, 16-17 June, London.

Putting Everyone First: making personalisation work for older people and mental health service users, Social Care Institute for Excellence, 10 June, London.

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults, ADASS Conferences, 9 June, Manchester.

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