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30 October

Worcestershire County Council, R (on the application of) v Essex County Council

New High Court decision that considers what constitutes a person's place of residence for the purposes of section 117 of the Mental Health Act in order to determine who is responsible for funding care services following discharge from detention under section 3 of the Act.

30 October, 2014

Private landlords are free to refuse to let to housing benefit claimants

New Commons Library Standard Note considers evidence on why landlords might refuse to let to housing benefit claimants and the extent of the problem.

30 October, 2014

84 per cent of home purchases under Help to Buy:Equity Loan scheme made by first time buyers

New statistics from the Department for Communities and Local Government also show that the mean purchase price of a property bought under the scheme was £210,429, compared with a mean equity loan of £41,897.

30 October, 2014

29 October

Over a third of social workers feel their caseload is unsafe, according to Community Care

New research also shows that most social workers (66 per cent) said their caseload had gone up this year, with 30 per cent saying it had increased a lot, and 36 per cent reporting a small increase.

29 October, 2014

‘Sky-high housing costs leave five million stuck in rent-trap’, says Shelter

New research by housing charity shows that two thirds of private renters in England - the equivalent of five million people - are unable to save towards buying a home.

29 October, 2014

National Housing Federation calls on government to reform Right to Buy

Guardian reports on letter to Housing Minister urging him to ensure that every home sold is replaced on a like-for-like basis.

29 October, 2014

Care and Support (Personal Budget: Exclusion of Costs) Regulations 2014

New statutory instrument provides that a local authority must exclude costs of meeting needs from a person’s personal budget in certain circumstances if the costs are incurred in meeting needs by the provision to the person of intermediate care and reablement support services.

29 October, 2014

Social work duties in relation to cross-border placements and ‘business failure’ of care providers

New statutory instruments

29 October, 2014

28 October

Mensah v Salford City Council

In new judgment, High Court considers lawfulness of policy of providing assistance under Children Act for destitute families who are unable to claim benefits due to immigration status at the level the Secretary of State would provide to a failed asylum seeker and family.

28 October, 2014

DWP launches ‘Accessible Technology Prize’

Entrepreneurs invited to submit ideas for technological adaptations to help disabled people and their families lead more independent lives, with prizes totalling £400,000.

28 October, 2014

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