Other areas of social welfare law

Community care

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23 October

Department of Health publishes response to consultation on draft Care Act regulations

In addition, Department provides proposed final version of regulations that will form the basis for the new legal framework ahead of implementation in April 2015.

23 October, 2014

Department of Health publishes statutory guidance on Care Act 2014

New guidance sets out how Act will work in practice when the first phase of the reforms comes into effect next year.

23 October, 2014

17 October

One in five nursing homes too short-staffed to ensure safe care

Report from the Care Quality Commission says recruitment of nurses to social care should be a ‘priority’ and points to figures from Skills for Care showing that nurses in social care had the highest turnover rate - 32 per cent - of all social care roles.

17 October, 2014

14 October

Young people leaving care often live in unsafe housing, move frequently, and experience homelessness

New report from Action for Children calls on all political parties to prioritise the emotional and mental health of children in care and care leavers, keep children safe when they return to their family after care, and to not give up on young people when their lives are at their most challenging.

14 October, 2014

13 October

Care Quality Commission highlights unacceptable variations in care for those with dementia

Report, published today, finds that the gap in the quality of care means it is likely that someone living with dementia will experience poor care as they move between care homes and hospitals.

13 October, 2014

Consultations on Draft Knowledge and Skills Statement for Social Workers in Adult Services

Department of Health seeks views on what social workers who work with adults need to know and be able to do at the end of their first year in practice.

13 October, 2014

10 October

Graves v Capital Home Loans Ltd

New Court of Appeal case that considers whether sections 140A and 140B of the Consumer Credit Act applied to a mortgage and, if so, whether the relationship between the lender and appellant was unfair in its inclusion of a clause relating to the appellant's mental capacity in the agreement between them, and/or the way the lender exercised or enforced its rights under the agreement in the light of its knowledge of the appellant's mental disability.

10 October, 2014

9 October

The Council Tax (Chargeable Dwellings) (Amendment) (Wales) Order 2014

New statutory instrument makes amendments with the effect that a refuge in Wales must be treated as one dwelling for the purpose of council tax provision, even if the property comprises more than one self-contained unit.

09 October, 2014

Care Quality Commission launches new model for inspection based on ‘mum test’

Inspection teams to consider whether adult social care and care homes are services that they would be happy for someone they love and care for to use.

09 October, 2014

7 October

Welsh Government consults on plans to support Independent Living Fund recipients when fund closes

Views sought on a range of options for providing support after 30 June 2015 that include passing responsibility and funding to local authorities to establishing a Welsh fund similar to the current Independent Living Fund.

07 October, 2014

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