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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.

NHS Continuing Healthcare: Cap to Community-based Care Funding

James Pantling-Skeet

Today we learn from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (“EHRC”) that a new policy implemented by 44 Clinical Commissioning Groups (“CCGs”) which caps funding for NHS Continuing Healthcare funded care 

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 - 10 Years On

James Pantling-Skeet

Recently the Mental Capacity Act (“MCA”) 2005 reached its 10 year anniversary. The question is what has changed since the Acts introduction and has the legislation been effective?

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.

NHS continuing healthcare – National Audit Office Investigation report

James Pantling-Skeet

A recent report published by the National Audit Office has highlighted the all too well-known systemic failings of NHS continuing healthcare. 

Disabled children and Ombudsman investigation

James Pantling-Skeet

A recent investigation by the Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman in a case involving a young disabled man has confirmed that Children’s services in Croydon had failed to meet their combined statutory duties under the Children Act 1989 and the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 to provide support services. 

 

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.

Cuts to care

Paula Barnes

The recent case of Luke Davey has dealt a real blow to those living with disability in receipt of a Care package funded by the Local Authority to which cuts are made who may be contemplating a legal challenge.

"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.

Why would I need a health and welfare lasting power of attorney?

Fiona Heald

Most people think they know who would make a decision about their lives if they were not able to do so. 

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