Other areas of social welfare law

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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

6 October

Employees taking more time off to care for children or older relatives

Guardian reports on survey by Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Simplyhealth which found that one in three employers report increase in absenteeism due to employees needing time for caring responsibilities.

06 October, 2014

‘Sandwich generation’ say choosing care for older relative is one of life’s most stressful events

Care Quality Commission survey of those caring for both older relatives and children finds that 84 per cent describe choosing care as 'very stressful' or 'quite stressful', ranking it higher than divorce, separation, choosing a school or buying a house.

06 October, 2014

NHS and care services ‘are at breaking point’, say leading professionals

Letter to Independent highlights problems due to lack of funding including that 'families continue to be crippled by the cost of care, and thousands of elderly and vulnerable people are not getting the help they need and deserve just to live their daily lives safely and with dignity'.

06 October, 2014

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

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