A High Court judge has slammed the “incomprehensible” shortage of special care places for some of the country’s most vulnerable children and demanded the matter be brought to the “urgent attention” of the children’s minister.Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds highlighted how a shortage of money in Tusla has meant it cannot staff posts in specialised units for children placed there by the High Court.In a judgment issued this week, Ms Justice Reynolds said it was “imperative” that places be found for these children as difficulties in securing onward placements for young people transitioning out of special care “was becoming increasingly commonplace”.She said: “Unfortunately, the reality remains that the situation will continue to get worse before it gets better.”The ruling arose out of a case where the period of detention for one young person in special care was being “unnecessarily extended” due to the lack of … [Read more...] about Shortage of special care places slammed
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Norfolk will run out of care places unless action is taken, a council report has warned. Pic: Alexander Raths/Getty Images/Stockphoto Archant A sobering report into Norfolk’s care homes has revealed places for council-funded residential care will run out within five years - unless action is taken. Bill Borrett, chairman of Norfolk County Council's adult social care committee. Pic: Norfolk Conservatives.The study, drawn up by Norfolk County Council, warns it could be a similar story for those who fund their own places.And the study also paints a worrying picture over the standards of some of the care homes in the county.Norfolk ranks bottom of the table in the East of England for the percentage of care homes rated as good or outstanding by watchdogs, with almost a quarter rated as inadequate or needing improvement.At a recent meeting of the council’s adult social care committee, Liberal Democrat David Harrison said he had “serious concerns”.David Harrison, … [Read more...] about Warning that Norfolk could run out of care home places within five years
More than 1,300 vulnerable children in care have been moved into Kent.A council report has revealed around 500 of those are going to schools managed by Kent County Council.Around 53% of the children are from the capital, with 28% from the inner-London boroughs.Most of the youngsters are being placed in the east of the county with Canterbury, Swale and Thanet taking the most into their schools.Thanet councillor Lesley Game (Con), told councillors at the children, young people and education cabinet committee there is a "stigma" around such vulnerable children.She said: "I know a lot of the schools are coming out saying the children are being sent down from London or wherever and they are causing trouble."This stigma or these accusations towards children in fact is getting worse and that really concerns me."I think somehow we need to control that."She added social media pointed the blame at such children "immediately after" the fire at Westwood Industrial Estate.It has been reported three … [Read more...] about Vulnerable children moved into care in Kent
A new “care ISA” designed to help solve the country’s rapidly worsening care crisis has been criticised for only appealing to those who are already well off. The proposed ISA was revealed in last weekend’s Sunday Telegraph, which reports that it would be exempt from inheritance tax (IHT) so that any unused funds would be returned to the account holder’s family on their death without the tax office touching a penny. But the threshold for IHT is £325,000, for couples it’s effectively doubled and people who leave their family home to their children or grandchildren can increase their exemption to £450,000, rising to £500,000 each by 2020. So very few people actually pay any IHT, meaning the incentive to save into a care ISA would be reserved for the wealthiest. “The proposed care ISA inheritance tax break will only benefit a small number of people, with the vast majority unable to allocate money to pay for later life care,” … [Read more...] about Is yet another ISA the answer to the care crisis?
The closure of two council-run care homes in Nottinghamshire is set to be put on hold. Nottinghamshire County Council plans to close all of its remaining care homes, as it moves towards ‘extra-care’ housing, which it says is £49 to £91 a week cheaper per person compared to a residential care home.The council is expected to approve plans which would see the closure dates for Bishop’s Court, in Boughton and James Hince Court, in Carlton in Lindrick, delayed until more research is carried out.Under the proposals, St Michael’s View in Retford, would close in March 2019 and Leivers Court, in Arnold, would shut in June 2019.Kirklands Care Home, in Mansfield, closed in June 2016, after the opening of the nearby Poppy Fields Extra Care Scheme.The council says savings of £784,000 have already been made, and a further £803,000 will be made this year.For those who still need more intensive care, the council pays private care homes to provide … [Read more...] about County Council care home closure plan put on hold