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3 October

Councils need to consider impact on existing users when changing the way they commission care

Local Government Ombudsman reminds local authorities that they cannot significantly change contractual funding arrangements for current care home residents because they alter the way they commission care.

03 October, 2014

2 October

Government announces £1m fund for social action projects to support people at the end of life

Cabinet Office says that successful applicants will build on existing ways that volunteers improve the experience of people at end of life and their families by: reducing isolation; meeting emotional needs; and maintaining connections with networks in the local community.

02 October, 2014

Karia, R (On the Application Of) v Leicester City Council

In new judgment, High Court considers challenge to local authority's decision to withdraw the provision of direct residential home care in Leicester.

02 October, 2014

1 October

Disabled Persons’ Parking Badges (Scotland) Act 2014

Act making provision about badges for display on motor vehicles used by disabled persons in Scotland receives Royal Assent.

01 October, 2014

Surge in requests for deprivation of liberty assessments following Supreme Court ruling in March

BBC reports that have been 33,476 requests for deprivation of liberty assessments in England and Wales since April 2014 compared to 8,602 during 2013/2014 and, in addition, 50.2 per cent of assessments have breached legal timescales so far this year compared to just 2.2 per cent in 2013/2014.

01 October, 2014

25 September

Legal Aid Statistics for 2013/2014

New Ministry of Justice statistics include that total of legal help matters started and civil representation certificates granted was 32 in employment cases, 2,584 in debt cases, 3,877 in community care cases and 55,943 in housing cases.

25 September, 2014

22 September

Government launches Carers Social Action Support Fund

Cabinet Office sets out details of £1m fund designed to support 'inspiring social action projects that support unpaid family carers'.

22 September, 2014

18 September

Care Act 2014 (Commencement No.2) Order 2014

New regulations that bring into force certain provisions of the Care Act 2014 relating to care and support, care standards, health and social care.

18 September, 2014

17 September

King’s Fund sets out health and social care priorities for next government

Essential that politicians are honest with public about scale of challenges in context of unprecedented funding squeeze, says charity.

17 September, 2014

16 September

Health Select Committee launches inquiry into public expenditure on health and social care

View sought on issues including 'the consequences of continuing the current financial squeeze on services for the people who depend on them'.

16 September, 2014

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