Other areas of social welfare law

Community care

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28 March

The Contracting Out (Local Authorities Social Services Functions) (England) Order 2014

New regulations extend a pilot scheme to all English local authorities allowing them to contract out specified adult social services functions to third parties.

28 March, 2014

27 March

Department of Health consults on ‘fitness test’ for health and social care leaders

New legal duty will mean that health and social care organisations registered with the Care Quality Commission will have to ensure that directors (or equivalent) meet the fit and proper person test.

27 March, 2014

26 March

National Assistance Act accommodation and social care charges in Wales

New statutory instrument makes provision in relation to income and capital of people paying for accommodation provided under National Assistance Act 1948 and in relation to payment for care services.

26 March, 2014

250,000 less older people receiving social care in 2012/2013 compared to 2009/2010

Research by Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation highlights 'increased rationing of social care in response to deep cuts from central government, despite the growing numbers of older people in the population'.

26 March, 2014

25 March

Elderly Newham couple forced to live apart for months after being made homeless

Finding against Newham Council, Local Government Ombudsman says that family was given 'Hobson’s choice' when it came to accepting accommodation they were offered - 'they had the choice of something unsuitable or nothing at all.'

25 March, 2014

Government publishes Independent Living Fund user’s guide

Guide to maintaining award up until closure of Fund on 30 June 2015.

25 March, 2014

24 March

Care Council for Wales issues new practice guidance for social workers

New guidance - which aims to help social workers in their practice and to contribute to good outcomes for service users - also has regulatory purpose as 'failure to follow the guidance could put a social worker's registration at risk'.

24 March, 2014

20 March

Ombudsman criticises council for charging disabled man for care services he neither wanted nor used

Disabled man had been placed in extra care housing scheme and expected to pay for care despite having his needs met by a friend.

20 March, 2014

Supreme Court considers deprivation of liberty safeguards in the Mental Health Capacity Act 2005

Court holds that criteria for judging whether the living arrangements made for a mentally incapacitated person amount to a deprivation of liberty.

20 March, 2014

19 March

Making the care system fit for an ageing population

Richard Humphries of The King's Fund looks at how social care can meet one of this generation's biggest policy challenges

19 March, 2014

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