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Crowdfunding being increasingly used to challenge education cuts

Nicholas Endean

Parents up and down the country are using Crowd justice – a form of crowdfunding, to fund challenges to local authorities cutting special educational needs and disability (SEND) provision reports the Guardian.

The Department for Education has invited professionals to share their views on children’s educational outcomes

Nicholas Endean

The Department for Education has invited professionals to comment and share their views on what makes a difference to children’s educational outcomes. Further, the government is looking for opinions and suggestions on how in practice, this can be improved.

CCGs being challenged for failure to provide personalised care packages

Mea North

The media is rife with the news that a number of Clinical Commissioning Groups (the NHS bodies responsible for making decisions about NHS Continuing Heathcare) (CCGs) are at risk of legal action if they cannot show that their policies on where that care can be provided are lawful.

Long-term adult social care funding enquiry launched

Nicholas Endean

An enquiry into the long term funding for adult social care is to be launched by MP’s ahead of the government’s Green Paper this summer.

Complaints to Ombudsman continue to rise over care provision and adult safeguarding

Nicholas Endean

The recently published annual review from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has highlighted a dramatic increase in the number of social care complaints being made. 

Court of Appeal rule on reduced care package case

Nicholas Endean

The Court of Appeal have recently ruled on a particularly challenging and important Care Act case where the Claimant’s care package had been drastically reduced by the Defendant Local Authority. 

Education, Health and Care Plans – Are they working?

Nicholas Endean

Families of children with special educational needs are facing a “disproportionate burden” to ensure they get the support they need. This is the main headline from a recent report issued by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.

Social workers facing pressure to use Section 20 arrangements

Nicholas Endean

Voluntary accommodation placements under Section 20 of the Children Act 1989 are being increasingly used by Local Authorities to avoid care proceedings. This is the findings of the Your Family, Your Voice Alliance in their recently published report.

Autism charities demand change ahead of General Election

Nicholas Endean

North West charity, Autism Together along with other regional autism charities have sent an open letter to the leaders of the main political parties ahead of this month’s general election highlighting the failures by local authorities to ensure a fair and proper needs assessment.

"It's better to give than to receive"

Fiona Heald

As the well-known phrase goes, it’s always nice to receive a gift. However, legally, gifting - whether of money, property, possessions or even providing an interest free loan - is not as simple as people think, and there are a lot of myths about what you can and cannot do.

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