Coronavirus: Council ‘Tells Social Workers To Stop All Their Usual Work’



By John Pring in Disability News Service.


A local authority apparently told its social workers to “stop all their usual work” until the coronavirus crisis was over, even before emergency powers to reduce their duties under the Care Act became law.

The controversial Coronavirus Act, which became law last Wednesday (25 March), suspended key parts of the Care Act, with disabled people’s organisations and others warning that it would “run a coach and horses” through disabled people’s right to social care.

But measures in the act that allow councils to “ease” these duties under the Care Act only took legal effect on Tuesday this week (31 March).

Disability News Service (DNS) has seen evidence that suggests that one local authority, Tory-run Warwickshire County Council, told its social workers to halt all their usual work even before the act was passed last week.


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