James Sage, Author at Royds Withy King Solicitors

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20 April 2017 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Social care bulletin | April 2017

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Welcome to the April edition of the monthly bulletins from our Social Care team.

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27 March 2017 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Factsheets

Gender pay gap reporting: are you ready?

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23 March 2017 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

BBC’s Panorama highlights homecare crisis, or does it?

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Homecare funding crisis

It is well known that the social care sector is in the midst of a funding crisis due to punishing budget cuts and stagnant fee rates. CQC has publicly stated that the sector is “at tipping point”.

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2 March 2017 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Crack-down on service user contracts?

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The CMA (formerly the Office of Fair Trading) recently announced its intention to carry out a 12 month market study into care homes across the UK.

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Fees & funding in the care sector – could the crisis be averted?

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After six years of punishing budget cuts and stagnant or below inflation increases in local authority fee rates, the care sector is, as CQC states, “at tipping point”. If you are a provider who relies on local authority contracts, you could feel that you are at the sharp end of the funding crisis. 

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Does self-employed status pose a risk to social care providers?

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We are increasingly seeing domiciliary care and supported living providers engage workers on a ‘self-employed’ basis or via service or umbrella companies. What are the risks involved?

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CQC’s next phase of regulation

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With CQC’s consultation on the next phase of regulation within the adult social care sector, what changes can providers expect to see?

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24 November 2016 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Autumn Statement: Will the social care crisis be averted?

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The Budget 2016

With care providers, local authorities, CQC and even the NHS all calling for the Government to increase social care funding in its Autumn Statement, Phillip Hammond’s debut statement may have left you baffled – there was not a single mention of the crisis facing the care sector!

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