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26 June

Update to charging arrangements for adult social care services

Updated Fairer Charging Policies guidance for non-residential social services and the Charging for Residential Accommodation Guide following judicial review on application of relative’s property disregard during financial assessment of what a person can afford to contribute.

26 June, 2014

20 June

Amendments made to the Mental Health (Care & Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003

Measures include a new central register of advance statements which record how mentally ill patients want to be treated in the event of them losing the capacity to make their own decisions.

20 June, 2014

17 June

Knowsley council did not review vulnerable man’s situation properly

Local Government Ombudsman finds that council failed man in his 20s with autism, severe learning disabilities and challenging behaviour whose mental and physical health deteriorated due to problems with another supported resident in his home.

17 June, 2014

16 June

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Community Care) Regulations 2014

New statutory instrument makes provision to ensure that civil legal services may be provided in relation to community care services which are provided or arranged by clinical commissioning groups.

16 June, 2014

12 June

Bedford care professionals failed to assess man with mental health needs properly

Joint investigation by the Local Government Ombudsman and Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman finds that focus on keeping man in his own home, and failure to properly assess his ability to make decision for himself, led to him 'living in squalor'.

12 June, 2014

Scottish Government launches ‘Carer’s Kitemark’

New scheme to recognise employers who give extra help and support to carers in their workforce as Carer Positive Employers.

12 June, 2014

11 June

Government publishes response to House of Lords select committee report on Mental Capacity Act

Response sets out cross-department programme of work over 2014 to 2015 and beyond that 'will make a real improvement to the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act'.

11 June, 2014

New criminal offence of ill-treatment or wilful neglect of users of health and social care services

Government response to consultation, published today, sets out details of new offences, including when they will and won't apply, and information on legislation timetable for their introduction.

11 June, 2014

10 June

Financial problems of Southern Cross and ‘inadequate focus on care’ put vulnerable people at risk

Serious case review of the Orchid View care home finds that the impact of this 'was felt directly by vulnerable people who experienced poor-quality care and their relatives who experienced anxiety and distress at the way their loved ones were cared for.'

10 June, 2014

6 June

Health and Social Care Act 2012 (Commencement No. 8) Order 2014

New regulations issued that provide for changes relating to the membership of the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

06 June, 2014

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