Other areas of social welfare law

Community care

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14 April

Scottish Independent Living Fund to replace current UK scheme from June 2015

Scottish Government announces £5.5m investment in new scheme to continue support when UK Independent Living Fund closes.

14 April, 2014

7 April

Skill for Care and National Skills Academy for Social Care to merge

Community Care reports that two adult social care workforce development agencies to combine by end of May.

07 April, 2014

4 April

LH, R (on the application of) v Shropshire Council

New Court of Appeal judgment considers to what extent a local authority should consult with its users before closing a day centre.

04 April, 2014

Court of Protection clarifies that social workers can submit evidence of mental capacity

Revised COP3 form confirms that courts will accept assessments from social workers as evidence when considering people's mental capacity under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

04 April, 2014

3 April

Royal assent for ‘Integration Bill’ in Scotland

Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act designed to provide for more joined-up and seamless health and social care provision.

03 April, 2014

Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England publishes interim report

Commission says it believes England needs a single health and social care system, with a ring-fenced, singly commissioned budget, and more closely aligned entitlements.

03 April, 2014

1 April

Self-directed Support Act comes into force in Scotland

New legislation places duties on local authorities in Scotland to offer people who are assessed as needing social care the option of designing their own care package.

01 April, 2014

31 March

Self-directed support in Scotland

New regulations issued that provide for consequential and saving provisions in consequence of the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013.

31 March, 2014

Community Care (Personal Care and Nursing Care) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2014

New regulations amend regulation 2 of the Community Care (Personal Care and Nursing Care) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 to increase the thresholds below which certain care is not to be charged for, to £169 for specified forms of personal care, and to £77 in respect of nursing care.

31 March, 2014

SSP changes likely to have particularly harsh impact on ‘care and support employers’

LITRG expesses its disappointment that 'there appears to have been no public consultation on this substantial change'.

31 March, 2014

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