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Specialist providers alarmed by HMRC’s latest communiqué on sleep-in payments

Posted on August 17th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Specialist providers alarmed by HMRC’s latest communiqué on sleep-in payments

Following the Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake Court of Appeal judgement on sleep-in payments, the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) and wider sector bodies, have called on government to make a decision and to be clear about what changes it is proposing ahead of wider consultation.

VODG says the latest communication from HMRC, which VODG understands is reaching a large number of social care providers, is adding confusion and raising more unanswered questions. A HRMC communication seen by VODG includes the following points:

“HMRC have decided that it is appropriate to continue to operate the Social Care Compliance Scheme (SCCS) allowing participating employers to complete a self-review, taking the judgement into consideration, and make a declaration to HMRC. All original timeframes and requirements of the scheme remain in place;
Employers must complete their self-review and submit their declarations to HMRC by no later … Read More »


Elmbridge redevelopment completed

Posted on August 16th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Elmbridge redevelopment completed

Retirement Villages Group (RVG) has completed the £4.5m regeneration of the Elmbridge Village site in Cranleigh, Surrey.

The recently opened apartments at Arun House comprise six one and fourteen two bedroom, high-spec apartments, including two penthouses. This, along with the completion of communal facilities, marks the completion of the Elmbridge Village redevelopment.

After taking just 15 months, the project was completed in July, in conjunction with Castleoak, specialist development and construction partners to the retirement living and care sector.

“This follows our recent work at both Elmbridge Manor and Charters Village,” said Castleoak managing director Doug Jones.

“Our specialist team understands the customer’s exacting requirements, and work collaboratively to deliver. Our purpose as a business is to create quality living space, and I believe we’ve achieved this again at Arun House.”

The initial phase of the build saw a new central clubhouse, Elmbridge Manor, constructed, … Read More »


A deal of uncertainty

Posted on August 13th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. 3 comments

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

Apart from death, taxes and a messy Brexit we live in a world of uncertainty. In social care we’ve got uncertainty in spades, with the ace being the big curly question mark poised above a green paper on funding which the Government might get around to publishing sometime soon.

Then there’s recruitment: continuing the playing cards image, let’s call that the king.

Next in the honours list is the queen, representing the £400m Sword of Damocles which remains hanging over specialist care providers now that UNISON has appealed to the Supreme Court over payments for sleep-in shifts.

Let’s make health and social care intergration the jack – high on the agenda, but not so high that there’s been any real progress with truly joined-up service provision for the past decade or so.

Then there’s all the other uncertainties around … Read More »





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