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1 October

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

15 September

DCLG consults on changes to planning procedures and guidance in relation to travellers sites

Consultation seeks views on measures designed to 'ensure that the planning system applies fairly and equally to both the settled community and travellers; strengthen protection of our sensitive areas and the green belt; and deal with the negative effects of unauthorised occupation of land'.

15 September, 2014

Department of Health consults on introduction of visible ratings for health and care providers

Consultation on new measures that would make it a legal requirement for providers to display the performance rating given to them by the Care Quality Commission.

15 September, 2014

Cuts forcing councils to limit social care,  says Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

BBC reports Association Director David Pearson as saying that the scale of reductions in adult care spending, which amount to some £3.5bn in the past three years, 'really does raise issues concerning the long-term sustainability of our services unless new money is introduced shortly'.

15 September, 2014

12 September

Six in ten carers have reached breaking point, says Carer’s UK

New research also finds that a quarter of carers require medical treatment as a result of the stress and effort involved in caring, 63 per cent suffered depression and 79 per cent reported anxiety.

12 September, 2014

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