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Older people who need social care are paying more than ever before, according to Age UK. New analysis suggests that private spending on social care has risen by 4.5% (£380 million) in the last year and is likely to continue to increase each year.
The Care Quality Commission (CCQ) has this week embarked on a special programme of 250 unannounced inspections of home care services.
A former care home inspector has been arrested over allegations that she pressured homes into giving money in exchange for "favourable" reports.
A Bupa nurse who left a man in a "disgusting and undignified state" as he died in a Northamptonshire care home has been found guilty of misconduct.
The family of a 94-year-old woman whose death followed inadequate care at a residential home in South Yorkshire has called for tighter regulation.