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19 November

Local Government Ombudsman highlights case where care home has not complied with its recommendation

Case involving Rooks (Care Homes) Ltd shows how information it provides can help inform people's choices about care, says Ombudsman.

19 November, 2014

18 November

Survey of employment tribunal applications in 2013

New Department for Business, Innovation and Skills report provides detailed information on the characteristics of claimants and the type of complaint they have brought to a tribunal.

18 November, 2014

New House of Commons Library Note on housing mobility schemes

Briefing gives a brief history of housing mobility schemes and policy developments in this area.

18 November, 2014

New House of Commons Library Note on landlords’ duty to check immigration status

Briefing sets out new obligations for private sector landlords and letting agents, specifically how and when to carry out checks, reporting to the Home Office and avoiding discrimination and considers concerns from landlord associations.

18 November, 2014

17 November

Employment case law round up

Latest EAT decisions added to the Tribunals Service website.

17 November, 2014

14 November

Care providers must make every effort to supply vulnerable clients with same sex carers

Local government ombudsman finds that, although it is not a legal requirement to provide same sex carers, where a request is made for valid reasons, a provider should make every effort to provide same sex care, and the Equality Act 2010 allows for the recruitment of staff of a specific sex as an occupational requirement.

14 November, 2014

Spending on agency social workers has increased by a third

Investigation by Community Care finds the average spend per council on temporary agency staff is £1.8 million, although there are regional variations with many Scottish and Welsh councils reporting almost no spending on agency workers and six out of the top ten biggest spending councils being in Greater London and the home counties.

14 November, 2014

13 November

40,859 landlord possession claims in third quarter of 2014

New Ministry of Justice statistics report that this is the second consecutive quarterly decline when compared to the same period the previous year, although landlord repossessions by county court bailiffs, at 11,100 for the quarter, are at their highest in the series of statistics which covers the period from 2000.

13 November, 2014

Majority of Britain’s poorest paid workers never escape the low pay trap

Alan Milburn, Chair of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission who produced the report, says research is 'a powerful argument for Britain to become a Living Wage country'.

13 November, 2014

2,178 empty homes in Wales brought back into use in 2013/2014

Welsh government's Houses into Homes scheme, which provides interest free loans to owners of properties which have been empty for more than six months in order to bring the properties back into use for sale or rent, shows a 99 per cent increase on 2012/2013.

13 November, 2014

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