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18 July

Housing (Right to Buy) (Limit on Discount) (England) (Amendment) Order 2014

New regulations which correct a mistake in the Housing (Right to Buy) (Limit on Discount) (England) Order 2014 which had revoked the Housing (Right to Buy) (Limit on Discount) (England) Order 2012 in its entirety instead of just Article 3.

18 July, 2014

First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal (Chambers) (Amendment) Order 2014

New regulations that allow for First-tier Tribunals to hear appeals relating to mobile homes and licensing of caravan sites, and for the Tax and Chancery Chamber of the Upper Tribunal to determine references from or appeals against decisions of the regulatory authorities that replaced the Financial Services Authority.

18 July, 2014

Transfer of Tribunal Functions (Mobile Homes Act 2013 and Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2014

New regulations that transfer certain jurisdiction on mobile homes from magistrate's courts to residential property tribunals, and amend the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) Fees Order 2013 to prescribe fees payable for applications to the Property Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal.

18 July, 2014

Around 20 per cent of councils do not know if their independent home care providers pay minimum wage

Survey carried out by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services also finds that only 5 per cent of councils were confident that their providers paid staff for their travel time.

18 July, 2014

17 July

Right to Control pilot will not be rolled out nationally, says Minister for Disabled People

Pilot, which operated between 12 December 2010 and 12 December 2013, aimed to allow disabled people choice and control over how funding for them was used to provide the care, support (including employment support) and equipment they needed.

17 July, 2014

Abbeyfield Newcastle Upon Tyne Society Ltd v Newcastle City Council

New High Court judgment considers what is a 'reasonable rate' for a care home provider to charge under its continuing User Agreement with a Council after expiry of a 'Pre-placement Agreement'.

17 July, 2014

Housing Renewal Grants (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2014

Amends the Housing Renewal Grants Regulations 1996 to provide that the new maternity allowance for women who participate in the work of their self-employed spouse or civil partner without pay should be taken into account when assessing income for Disabled Facilities Capital Grants.

17 July, 2014

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill receives second reading in House of Commons

Measures included in Bill include applying maximum penalty for failing to pay national minimum wage on a per worker, rather than per notice, basis and banning exclusivity in zero hours contracts.

17 July, 2014

16 July

Almost a million older people cutting back on food, says Age UK

New research from Age UK shows that 960,000 people aged 65 or over have had to spend less on food in the last 2 years.

16 July, 2014

Financial Conduct Authority consults on price cap on high-cost short-term credit

Views sought on introduction, from January 2015, of cap to ensure that someone will never need to pay back more than twice what they have borrowed, and someone taking out a typical loan over 30 days and repaying on time will not pay more than £24 per £100 borrowed.

16 July, 2014

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