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23 July

Social Services Complaints Procedure (Wales) Regulations 2014

New statutory instrument introduces new procedure for complaints to local authorities about the exercise of their social services functions in Wales including the removal of the previous independent panel stage and the introduction of a two stage process involving local resolution and, if this is not achieved, the requirement for an investigation and response.

23 July, 2014

Care Planning and Care Leavers (Amendment) Regulations 2014

New regulations that provide that a child’s care plan must record whether the child is a victim, or there is reason to believe they may be a victim, of trafficking in human beings or is an unaccompanied asylum seeking child. and also that the assessment of that child’s needs and the local authority review of the child’s case must take into account that status.

23 July, 2014

Care Home Top-up Fees

Parliamentary debate, which will feed into consultation on new regulations and guidance under the Care Act 2014, highlights inconsistencies in how local authorities apply the rules about charging top-up fees for residential accommodation.

23 July, 2014

22 July

Remploy Employment Services to be privatised

'As part of the government’s long-term economic plan we are helping businesses up and down the country to become more confident about employing people with disabilities and giving Remploy Employment Services independence from government will allow even more disabled people to build their careers', says DWP Minister.

22 July, 2014

18 July

New commencement order for Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003

Repeals section 7B of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970 under which the Welsh Ministers have the power to require, by Order, local authorities to establish complaints procedures, as this is now covered under powers in sections 114 and 115 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003.

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

11 July

Care Quality Commission (Reviews and Performance Assessments) Regulations 2014

New regulations that prescribe both the registered service providers and regulated activities of which the Care Quality Commission must conduct and publish performance assessments.

11 July, 2014

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