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Whilst this may not seem entirely ‘care’ related; many British immigrants living abroad are currently dependent on free healthcare where they live. This

Source: Lords to investigate if healthcare in the EU will still be available to British citizens after Brexit | Care Industry News

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The ability of the homecare sector to recruit and retain sufficient care workers will be significantly challenged if proposals contained in a leaked Home Office

Source: Leaked Brexit report on EU migration policy will create ‘a perfect storm’ for social care | Care Industry News


The government has been accused of “sending out mixed messages” on independent living, after it emerged that it wants to charge VAT on the payroll services provided to disabled people who receive direct payments for their social care.

Cheshire Centre for Independent Living (CCIL) is having to take HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to the first-tier tribunal to fight off its attempt to force it to charge disabled service-users 20 per cent VAT on top of their monthly fee for using its popular payroll service.

The tribunal case is due to be heard in Manchester in early December.

Other disabled people’s organisations are also challenging the HMRC VAT demand on their own payroll services, but CCIL’s will be the first to be heard at tribunal.

CCIL insists that its payroll service – which is used by nearly 3,000 disabled people across the north-west of England who use direct payments to employ personal assistants – should not be subject to VAT under HMRC’s “welfare” exemption.

It has been trying to persuade HMRC to withdraw its claim for more than four years, but the government refused even to take the dispute to a mediation service.

Tom Hendrie, CCIL’s head of policy and communications, said the imposition of VAT on payroll services was “absolutely not right”, but he said HMRC had refused to see it as qualifying for an exemption and had “really dug their heels in about it”

 

Source: Government’s VAT attack ‘sends out mixed messages on independent living’ – Black Triangle Campaign


It was interesting to watch the sudden spike of interest in social care during the general election campaign. The public debate was welcome, but now the dust has settled what action has actually been taken?

The fallout from the “dementia tax” made it appear as though, for once, social care was being given the same level of priority as the NHS. People were calling for its protection as forcefully as they do our health service.

Since then, a Care Quality Commission report revealed that nearly a fifth of adult social care services have been rated as inadequate or requiring improvement and public sector cuts are thought to be behind a sudden stall in life expectancy. Yet neither of these stories has earned the same degree of public scrutiny or government response as social care did before the election. The interest in social care risks looking like a one-off.

We’ve been promised a green paper, which must address issues such as long-term funding and care worker shortages. What it must not be is false hope, another document that talks about change but offers no real action.

My care home offers specialised services for those living with dementia, so addressing talk of a “dementia tax” is, for us, of particular importance. It’s a sad but true fact that people living with dementia face financial discrimination because of their condition. It is out of their control yet, unlike other diseases, isn’t covered by the NHS. Asking individuals and families to pay for dementia care themselves is unsustainable and wrong.

At the same time, it is only right that the government introduces a cap to keep social care costs down for everyone. A British baby born today can expect to live to 104 years old. The UK is woefully under-prepared for looking after our growing population in older age. Whether it’s scrapping plans for a dementia tax, implementing a sensible care cap or creating a unified health and social care sector, things have to change.

Attention must also be given to the extraordinary people who work in this sector. The team I work with at Anchor’s Cranlea care home in Newcastle are second to none. Despite challenging work, they show commitment, empathy and an ability to deliver the highest quality of care on a daily basis. As care workers, we should be receiving recognition from government, not more cuts that add further pressure.

Source: Now the election is over, politicians have sidelined social care again | Lynn Day | Social Care Network | The Guardian


A fourfold increase in the number of disabled people forced to use a crowdfunding site to buy their chair undermines a basic tenet of the NHS, campaigners say

Source: Need a wheelchair? Pay for it yourself | Society | The Guardian


With both parts of the system under pressure, blaming each other will do nothing to help those who rely on services

Source: The NHS and social care must stop bickering over funding | Niall Dickson | Social Care Network | The Guardian


Healthcare provision to residents in care homes across England is often ‘erratic and inequitable’, a major three-year study led by the University of Her

Source: The NHS and care homes could work better together to deliver high quality, cost-effective healthcare | Care Industry News


Alzheimer’s Society is investing in three new research centres of excellence that aim to find ways to improve quality of life and care

Source: Funding alone won’t fix the social care system | Colin Capper | Social Care Network | The Guardian


A simple breakdown of the five main political parties’ main manifesto pledges for social care and social work

Source: Election 2017: What would the main parties do for social work?


Theresa May’s U-turn on social care funding shows how hard it is to fix. But there is a logical solution.

Source: How to settle social care funding once and for all

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