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30 October

Care and Support (Sight-impaired and Severely Sight-impaired Adults) Regulations 2014

New regulations specify the persons who are to be treated as being sight-impaired and severely sight-impaired for the purposes of section 77 of the Care Act 2014 which sets out the requirement on local authorities to establish and maintain a register of adults who are ordinarily resident in their area and are sight-impaired or severely sight-impaired.

30 October, 2014

Care and Support (Preventing Needs for Care and Support) Regulations 2014

New regulations make provision, under section 2 of the Care Act 2014, for when a local authority can make a charge for the provision of services, facilities and resources, including requirement for a local authority to provide or arrange for the provision of services, facilities or resources (or take other steps) which it considers will contribute towards preventing, delaying or reducing the needs for care and support of adults or for support in relation to carers.

30 October, 2014

Care and Support (Charging and Assessment of Resources) Regulations 2014

New regulations make provision for limitations on local authority powers to make a charge for meeting needs under section 14 of the Care Act 2014 and in relation to financial assessments for the purposes of section 17 of the Act.

30 October, 2014

Care and Support and After-care (Choice of Accommodation) Regulations 2014

New regulations make provision in relation to the obligation under the Care Act 2014 that, where an adult’s needs are to be met by the provision of specified types of accommodation, and the adult has expressed a preference for particular accommodation of that type, the local authority must meet the adult’s preference, provided that specified conditions are met.

30 October, 2014

Carers strategy: the second national action plan 2014 to 2016

Policy paper from the Department of Health explains the progress on supporting carers since 2010 and explains the main actions for the next two years.

30 October, 2014

93 per cent of councils in England and Wales don’t require that homecare providers pay travel time

Of the 98 per cent of councils that responded to a Freedom of Information request by Unison, 79 per cent admitted that they have never asked to see pay records or other written evidence about the pay of care workers employed by care providers they commission, in order to check National Minimum Wage compliance.

30 October, 2014

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

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

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

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