16/05/13 – Support, Care, and Welfare

This week, we bring you news of the newly published final Care Bill aiming to improving the state of care, as well as predictions from NCVO regarding cuts to charity funding from local government. We also have a range of resources that you may find helpful, including a paper regarding the effects of welform reform on the voluntary sector, and a guide to the workings of the healthcare system.




Government Publishes the Care Bill

On the 10th May, the Department of Health published legislative plans for improvement to the care sector. The Care Bill is divided into three main areas: reform of care and support services; changes made in response to the findings of the Francis Report on the Mid-Staffs NHS Trust; and the promotion of Health Education England (HEE) and the Health Research Authority (HRA) to public bodies.

While many reforms are planned – including better rights for carers and an emphasis on preventing and reducing care needs – most notable is the introduction of a cap on care costs, ensuring that people will not need to take drastic needs to meet care bills.

In response to the Francis Report, hospitals and care institutions will be take part in an Ofsted-inspired rating system, allowing patients to easily and fairly compare services. Other changes include allowing a newly-created position, the Chief Inspector of Hospitals, to take an active role in dealing with unresolved quality of care issues.

More information is available at GOV.UK, along with the full bill and an extensive guide to its contents.

Inside Housing has also written regarding the bill.


NCVO Report Predicts Fall in Public Funding for Charities

Counting the Cuts, a report published by NCVO forecasts that public funding received by charities could fall by as much as 12% by 2017/18, representing a drop of £1.7bn since 2010/2011. However, these figures reflect only ‘proportionate cuts’, whereby the cut in charity funding is proportional to the cut received by public bodies. If the cuts are disproportionate – when local authorities cut charity funding by a larger amount to preserve more money for other areas – as suggested by research from Compact Voice, the potential loss rises to £2.1bn.

Speaking about the figures, NCVO CEO Sir Stuart Etherington, said, “Our analysis suggests that charities delivering local public services are most vulnerable to forthcoming public spending reductions. Of course, whichever charities lose funding, it is people and communities who lose services and support.”

For more information and the full report, please visit NCVO.


Crisis to Receive £1m to Help Support Shared Housing

The Department of Communities and Local Government will be giving the homeless charity Crisis funding to the tune of £1million to help support single homeless people find accommodation.

Crisis says £800,000 of the funding will go towards eight new schemes to create rooms for rent in shared accommodation, aimed at under-35s who are homeless and without familial ties. The schemes will also be used to help identify best practice to be shared nationally.

A further £230,000 will go towards Crisis’ Private Rented Sector Access Development Programme. The Programme, started three years ago and supported by extensive government funding, has so far helped 5,000 vulnerable homeless people to find private rented accommodation.

For more information, please visit Crisis.




Express Your Health!

21st May; Birmingham

A free workshop, run by Children England, covering health reform and the effect it will have on charities and the commissioning of children’s and family services. Topics include changes to the health system, barriers and opportunities for charities, and health priorities.

For more information, and to book, please click here.


Welfare to Work UK Convention 2013

9th – 10th July; Manchester

Run by Inclusion, this annual convention and exhibition is the premier event for those that work with the unemployed. The event will feature speakers including Minster for Employment Mark Hoban and Shadow Minister for Welfare Reform Stephen Timms, as well as attendees from all across the sector, and a networking dinner.

For more information, and to book, please click here.




NHS England has launched a series of pages, one for each of the 74 Clinical Reference Groups that will advise on specialist medical issues, grouped into five broad categories, containing information on the scope, role and members of each CRG.


Think tank Reform have published a report, entitled Seismic Shifts in the Welfare State, that examines how various changes, such as an ageing population and NHS reforms, are affecting the welfare state.


The Care Quality Commission have launched a new system allowing the public to receive alerts via email when their local care services are being inspected and when the report on the results of the inspection is available.


NCVO have published a paper covering welfare reforms and possible policy issues that may arise for the voluntary sector.


The government have released a guide to the inner workings of the NHS, covering topics such as service commissioning and patient safeguarding.


NCVO and Serco have released a code of practice to help guide collaborative work between the voluntary and private sectors, such as the ‘prime’ contractor system used in the DWP’s Work Programme.


St Mungo’s and Marie Curie Cancer Care have released a resource pack to help improve end-of-life care for the homeless.


Crimestoppers have launched the Charity Fraud Line, a way for people to anomalously report suspicions of fraud in charitable organisations.