A trade union has called for Somerset County Council to rethink plans to outsource learning disability services to the private sector.
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The Care Quality Commission is being criticised for failing to take sufficient action after undercover filming showed an 80-year-old woman being slapped by a care worker.
There will be no "pot of gold" to answer the prayers of councils struggling to look after the elderly, according to social care chiefs.
A woman who stole more than Â£330,000 a Northamptonshire care home to fund a luxury lifestyle has been jailed.
Plans have been put forward to limit the amount a council pays towards the cost of supporting people's home care.
A former hospital worker has been cleared of sexually assaulting three women after a week-long trial at Nottingham Crown Court.