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3 June

Lancashire County Council failed family in not providing adequate respite care for daughter

Local Government Ombudsman finds that respite care for severely disabled daughter who required constant supervision and care failed to allow parents and two siblings enough quality time together.

03 June, 2014

30 May

Disabled Persons (Badges for Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2014

New regulations issed in Scotland that extend eligibility for a 'blue badge' to certain claimants who are no longer getting the higher rate of the mobility component of DLA following an assessment for the purposes of deciding eligibility for personal independence payment.

30 May, 2014

Tell Us Once service expanded to cover concessionary travel

Service - that allows citizens to inform authorities of a birth or bereavement just once rather than contacting a series of different branches of government - now covers 32 central and government services.

30 May, 2014

28 May

13.8 per cent increase in adult social care complaints in the last year

New report from the Local Government Ombudsman also shows that 40 per cent of complaints received came from 25 councils.

28 May, 2014

Care sector is in crisis, says Baroness Kingsmill

New Labour Party commissioned review finds that, as well as care work being physically and emotionally demanding and often undertaken in unsocial hours, there is evidence of widespread exploitation of workers.

28 May, 2014

27 May

Ombudsmen unearth ‘catalogue of errors’ in aftercare arrangements for vulnerable man

Investigation by the Local Government and Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsmen finds that man’s care (from Plymouth Council and NHS Plymouth Primary Care Trust) after he was released from a psychiatric unit was so far below what it should have been that it amounted to service failure.

27 May, 2014

22 May

Care Act 2014

Act, which received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014, now published to legislation.gov.uk

22 May, 2014

Wiltshire Council, R (On the Application Of) v Hertfordshire County Council

New Court of Appeal judgment considers dispute between two local authorities as to which one was responsible for aftercare of person who had been detained in hospital under Mental Health Act 1983.

22 May, 2014

21 May

Doughty Street Chambers article on McDonald v UK

Steven Cragg QC explains ECtHR decision that withdrawal of night time care from Mrs McDonald breached her human rights for a period of almost a year before proper care planning processes were completed.

21 May, 2014

20 May

McDonald v The United Kingdom

In a new judgment, the European Court of Human Rights considers a challenge to a decision by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to stop providing night time care on basis that incontinence aids could be used instead of assistance with commode.

20 May, 2014

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