Three new reports on partnership working between faith and local government.

18/07/13 – The Latest for the Sector

This week, we have news of plans to improve elderly care and hospital inspections, chances to get your voices heard on a number of issues, plus a range of resources to check out.



State-backed insurance for elderly in care revolution

The Guardian reports of new plans to be announced by Government today that will be the biggest change to elderly care in sixty years. Included in the plans will be a state-backed insurance system for elderly care, as well as changes designed to cap costs for one in eight of the poorest elderly and to reduce bills by up to a fifth for those considered too wealthy to receive help. The scheme is planned to go live in 2016, replacing the current ‘postcode lottery’ with a national standard.

The planned social insurance scheme will cap costs for care and accommodation at £72,000, with the elderly paying ‘premiums’ based on their circumstances. It was also noted that the cap recommended by the Dilnot Commission was only £35,000, and that local authorities were worried about meeting the cost of the new scheme.

There are also plans to introduce a loans scheme, whereby elderly people will be able to borrow money to cover the costs of residential care at a nationally-agreed interested rate, with the requirement that the money is repaid when they die.


New CQC chief inspector to overhaul inspections of hospitals

The BBC reports that recently-appointed chief inspector of the Care Quality Commission, Prof Sir Mike Richards, is implementing plans to make the hospital inspections carried out by the CQC broader and more robust. Following the Keogh Review and 11 trusts being placed into special measures, Sir Mike says he plans to recruit a “small army”, turning the current inspection teams of 4-5 people into a 20-man team consisting of doctors, nurses, professionals and patients. These teams will use a newly devised system, involving examining hospitals as a whole and giving out school-style ratings, such as “needs improvement”. The first inspections, covering 18 hospitals, are planned to start next month, with the new scheme aiming to cover all 161 trusts by the end of 2015.


Charity Giving website suspended due to on-going inquiry

CharityTimes reports that Charity Giving, an online fundraising portal run by the Dove Trust, has suspended its activities in order protect money raised by its users while the Charity Commission carries out a statutory inquiry into the Trust. The decision to suspend the site was carried out by an interim manager appointed by the Commission. A press release by the Charity Commission said that there were ‘serious concerns about mismanagement’ and that the interim manager’s assessment had found a shortfall between donations and money held by the Trust.

The Charity Commission had first appointed an interim manager on 6 June. On 28 June, they moved to restrict the charity’s bank accounts, due to a risk to charitable funds. Finally, the interim manager was given exclusive control of the charity on 12 July.

The Commission stressed that these issues were limited to the Charity Giving portal and should have no wider bearing on state of online giving.

Further updates on the situation of the Trust can be found via a Civil Society article.




The Role of Arts in Social Care

Monday 16 September; Baring Foundation, London

Skills for Care and Skills for Care and Development in partnership with Creative and Cultural Skills, The Baring Foundation and Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services are holding an event to launch their report exploring the role of arts in the delivery of adult social care with an emphasis on workforce development. The event will feature the launch, discussion of future plans, and the chance to see how the arts can work with social care.

To book your place please email contact [email protected] by Friday 30 August 2013



Get Involved

Improving Care for Vulnerable Older People

The Department of Health and NHS England are seeking views on proposals aimed at radically overhauling the care for vulnerable older people. Proposals cover both primary and emergency care, as well as ways for improving how the health service and social care services work together. Among the proposals is the idea that every vulnerable older person will have their own named clinician to be responsible for their care.

More information on the proposals can be found here.

To submit your views to the consultation, please click here.


Clinks’ State of the Sector Survey

Criminal justice charity Clinks are looking for voluntary and community organisations that work with offenders, ex-offenders, their families, or victims of crimes to complete a survey that looks at how the current economic climate, funding cuts, etc. has affected the work that they do.

To contribute, please take their survey here.


Help Steer NCVO’s Course

NCVO are inviting views to help decide its strategic plans for the coming years. They are posing key eight questions to steer them on the right course in the future.

To contribute to the full discussion, please visit their forum on KnowHowNonProfit.

Alternatively, to submit a quick response regarding the biggest issues, please visit this page on their site.



Healthwatch England has released a response to the findings of the Keogh Review into hospital mortality rates.


The Guardian reports that Google has launched its Google for Non-profits programme for organisations in England and Wales, providing free access to a range of Google products and free advertising credit on Google’s advertising platform.


The Co-Operative Bank is offering free bank accounts without charges to social enterprises registered as Community Interest Companies with turnover below £1m and deposits under £100k per year.


nfpSynergy have written a discussion piece on the findings of research into the difference between public opinion and fact, and how it matters to charities.


The Government has launched the Civil Service Quarterly blog, where those inside the Civil Service can write about the work they do and share their expertise.