BBC Panorama

Samih Kalakeche

13 July 2015

Forthright critique of current health/adult social care interface in gripping Panorama special Perfect Storm

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Local Government Chronicle 

Ray James 

13 July 2015

We are doing our best to cope with the closure of the Independent Living Fund - but cuts make it harder

At the beginning of this month £70m was transferred to local authorities from the Independent Living Fund (ILF), an organisation delivering financial support to more than 17,000 disabled people so that, in its own words, "they can choose to live in their communities rather than in residential care."

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Community Care

ADASS quoted in critique of film Tale of a Laughing Boy

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Community Care

ADASS Advice Note for Local Authorities 

Minimum standards of support for individual employers and personal assistants 2013

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Municipal Journal 

Calls for Better Care Fund certainty 

Dan Peters

Calls have been made to expand the size and scope of the Better Care Fund (BCF) as uncertainty threatens to put large-scale health integration at risk.

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Municipal Journal from the LGA Conference 

Council Chiefs are 'deluded' if they think integration alone will meet the scale of the financial challenges facing adult social care, the Local Government Association conference has been told. President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, Ray James, issued the warning during a session on integration this morning. Mr James also stressed the importance of trust between partners in developing long-term integration and the key role of the largely minimum wage provider sector. 

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Ms Pickup, who is currently deputy chief executive at Hertfordshire, was appointed to the new role last week. 

In addition to leading the finance policy, she will also act as chief operating officer for the association. 

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Quoted in July 7 piece by Mark Smulian

Counties raise alarm over care home funding gap

Councils could be left to plug a £1bn gap in the care home market due to expected downward pressure on care home prices caused by the Care Act, research has found. 

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