Registration fees for social care staff in England could be introduced "through the back door" if the government goes ahead with a plan to install a voluntary regulation system, sector leaders have warned.
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As a group, they occupy nearly 40% of residential care places and 48% of those in nursing homes, but self-funders and their relatives remain largely unsupported by councils. This emerged last month
A care home has been fined for breaches of safety laws over the death of a resident who drank toilet cleaner.
The government has been accused of penalising the most vulnerable in society by campaigners after it froze the threshold for social care help.
Vulnerable people are waiting months for care services because of long delays in the Care Quality Commission's processing of registration applications from providers.
A care home for the elderly has recreated a 1950s-style Co-op shop to remind its residents of the happiest times of their lives.