Feb 13, 2020
Councils have been warned by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman over the administration of ‘top-up fees’ under the Care Act for people contributing towards relatives’ care.
Feb 12, 2020
Equalities watchdog in legal action against Health Secretary over accommodation for people with learning disabilities and autism
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a legal challenge against the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care over what it claims is a repeated failure to move people with learning disabilities and autism into appropriate accommodation.
Jan 23, 2020
The Vice-President of the Court of Protection, Mr Justice Hayden, has issued guidance on applications to the court relating to medical treatment.
Jan 22, 2020
Ombudsman criticises council for reducing care package of autistic man because of financial pressures
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has criticised a county council after a man with autism was left relying on his parents to part-fund his care when the local authority cut his package without identifying a suitable alternative.
Jan 22, 2020
Some 79% of local authority areas have no publicly funded legal advice for vulnerable people to challenge community care arrangements, the Law Society has claimed.
Jan 16, 2020
Judge criticises children's trust and clinical commissioning group over "wholesale failure of best interest decisions" for man with epilepsy
A judge has awarded costs against Birmingham Children’s Trust (BCT) and NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) after what he called their “wholesale failure” in a case of a young man with severe epilepsy.
Jan 16, 2020
Ombudsman criticises council for failing to properly involve complainant in assessment and support planning process
A council significantly delayed completing an assessment of a complainant's social care needs, failed to complete a support plan before reducing his personal budget and failed to properly involve him in the assessment and support planning process, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found.
Dec 31, 2019
An assessment carried out by a London borough did not constitute a discharge of its duties under the Care Act because it failed to include all the individual's needs, whether currently being met or not, a judge has ruled.
Dec 27, 2019
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has successfully defended a High Court challenge over its decision to close a day centre for adults with learning difficulties.
Dec 20, 2019
Government plans to seek cross-party consensus “urgently” in order to bring forward the necessary proposals and legislation for long-term social care reform in England were among proposals unveiled in the Queen’s Speech yesterday, but concerns have been expressed that "we've heard it all before".