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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.

Ombudsman Report – The “Wiltshire Complaint”

James Pantling-Skeet

Investigation by the Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman (“Ombudsman”) into a complaint against Wiltshire County Council (“Council”) - Report number 16 015 946 – (“Wiltshire Complaint”)

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 Fyfe

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.

#WorldEncephalitisDay

James Pantling-Skeet

Today marks #WorldEncephalitisDay. Encephalitis is a serious neurological condition that can have a severe impact on a person’s care needs. The consequences are often life-changing and individuals affected can be left with a need for care provision capable of meeting complex care needs. 

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.

The Health and Social Care Crisis

James Pantling-Skeet

The Care Funding Crisis has been a topic of debate for quite some time. Despite the Government’s commitment to ‘put the state-funded system on a more secure and sustainable footing’, extensive media coverage and various reports by Parliament, Age UK and the Care Quality Commission (“CQC”), effective progress towards tackling the immense pressures faced  by our health and social care system remains to be seen. 

Disabled Children’s Partnership Secret Life of Us Campaign

James Pantling-Skeet

The Disabled Children’s Partnership is a coalition of more than 50 charities and organisations which have joined forces with families to launch the ‘Secret Life of Us’ campaign. More information on the Campaign can be found on the following website: https://disabledchildrenspartnership.org.uk/secret-life-of-us/

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. 

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