Flapjacks and Feudalism

Social Mobility and Class in The Archers Synopsis Flapjacks and Feudalism: Social Mobility and Class in The Archers is an excavation into the family and class politics found in the clans of the residents of Ambridge, in BBC Radio 4’s The Archers. This looks to be a cracking book (Residential Forum) especially the chapter: Can’tContinue reading “Flapjacks and Feudalism”

Why the market matters in adult social care (and what we can do about it)

Omar Idriss, Stephen Rocks, Simon Bottery If the adult social care market worked well, as the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has explained in the case of care homes, it would match supply and demand, and people would make well-informed choices about how their care needs are met. Those working in the sector would beContinue reading “Why the market matters in adult social care (and what we can do about it)”

The long and the short of it

Care homes needs short term support to get through Covid-19 and a long-term plan afterwards says Simon Bottery. Asked in 1972 about the impact of the French Revolution, the Chinese leader Zhou Enlai is famously supposed to have said: ‘It is too early to tell’. Read the blog in full here at Care Talk: https://www.caretalk.co.uk/the-long-and-the-short-of-it/

Fixing Social Care, New funding, new methods, new partnerships

THE NEED TO RE-THINK A more rational and affordable care system will involve disrupting the market. But the result of that disruption, through methods such as insurance and government cost sharing, or pension-fund financing of care home provision, will be greater supply, greater sustainability and greater fairness. Public  sector  reforms  are  part  of  this:  forContinue reading “Fixing Social Care, New funding, new methods, new partnerships”

Who cares? Financialisation in social care

DOWNLOAD A growing reliance on private provision could mean lower quality care. There are a number of potential linkages between ownership and quality. We need to be bold and arrest the growth of debt-fuelled private providers in social care. IPPR calls for a bold set of policy interventions to arrest the growth of debt-fuelled privateContinue reading “Who cares? Financialisation in social care”

The cost of care homes is becoming more expensive. We’ve produced a calculator to help you work out the costs which can easily be over £100k. Plus we’ve answered the 12 important financial questions you should consider when moving in to a care home. https://t.co/azJx5sWUkN

ukcareguide: The cost of care homes is becoming more expensive. We’ve produced a calculator to help you work out the costs which can easily be over £100k. Plus we’ve answered the 12 important financial questions you should consider when moving in to a care home. https://t.co/azJx5sWUkN — UK Care Guide (@UKCareGuide) June 1, 2019 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsContinue reading “The cost of care homes is becoming more expensive. We’ve produced a calculator to help you work out the costs which can easily be over £100k. Plus we’ve answered the 12 important financial questions you should consider when moving in to a care home. https://t.co/azJx5sWUkN”

A care home is a home

Richard Banks is leading for the Residential Forum on an approach to neighbourhood planning of accommodation and lifestyle options including group and assisted living.  He writes in the light of recent exposure of abuses and aware of the consequences of years of austerity, but finds some ‘reasons to be cheerful’ about residential care.  Residential careContinue reading “A care home is a home”

Corporate care home collapse and ‘light touch’ regulation: a repeating cycle of failure

He concludes that the rights of hedge funds and private equity investors to extract profit from the care home sector are given priority than the rights of older people to a secure home at the end of their lives. Corporate care home collapse and ‘light touch’ regulation: a repeating cycle of failure

The rising cost of residential care and lack of government oversight

Claire Sands writing for the Howard League for Penal Reform in January 2019 The National Audit Office (NAO) published a report on Pressures on children’s social care. It was produced against the backdrop of increasing strain on finances and services, particularly children’s services, that local authorities have been experiencing. It set out to examine recentContinue reading “The rising cost of residential care and lack of government oversight”

Where does the money go when your local authority pays more than £500 per week for a care home bed?

Where does the money go when your local authority pays more than £500 per week for a #carehome bed? Where does the money go when your local authority pays more than £500 per week for a care home bed?