Local councils and other non-protected government departments have been ordered to draw up savings plans worth as much as 40 per cent of their budgets ahead of the Spending Review on 25 November.
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It's been dubbed the most ambitious ever plan for efficiency savings in the NHS. There has been speculation that it is undeliverable.
Friends of the Elderly is calling upon people to hold local Christmas activities so no older person will be alone on Christmas Day unless they want to be.
Commenting on the Care Quality Commission"s State of Health and Social Care report, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, the older people"s charity, said:
Care England, has responded to the Care Quality Commission"s (CQC) State of Care Report. It demonstrates that the care sector is improving in quality of care services despite vastly different levels of funding and it compares favourably to the NHS. The CQC has issued a warning that the sector is being put under great pressure by local government reductions.
An "evil" carer who abused vulnerable people at a care home has been jailed for 20 months.