Care Act

CASCAIDr – opening the floodgates to restore the rule of law in public services

Our legal correspondent Belinda Schwehr unveils the new charity she is establishing – an idea whose time has definitely come. Community Living’s editor has generously allowed me to use my normal space to publicise my latest venture – a new charity providing legal advice to people stuck in wrangles over social care with their local council or health service Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).…

Lives – not services

In a tough environment of budget reductions, workforce problems and provider struggles, Rose Trustam reports from three conferences focusing on the positive:  community development, real achievement and evidencing  what works. (NB Full conference reports available to subscribers on the website home page) Commissioners conference (www.ncctc.co.uk) Margaret Willcox (President elect of ADAAS) stressed the need to ‘really put the individual at the centre of working out their needs and controlling their care, with a system of care and support designed with their full involvement and tailored to meet their unique needs.…

‘Supported living – a service or a life?’ Learning Disability England’s first conference 2016

Learning Disability England (LDE)’s first conference since they joined up with H&SA showed the resilience of its members in its determination to continue to speak out on behalf of people with learning disabilities. Rosemary Trustam was invited to report. The new organisation is offering membership at £12 a year for individuals and £25 for self-advocacy groups in its drive to swell its learning disability voice which is much needed given the planned withdrawal of funding for the National Forums and threatened loss of funding of local self advocacy groups.…

Achieving compliance with the Care Act

Provider rates, lawful and unlawful cuts, advocacy entitlement, carers’ rights, charges and funding legal challenges were among the subjects covered by Belinda Schwehr at Community Living’s seventh seminar in June. Report by Rosemary Trustam. At a time when local authorities are facing huge demands, the law has made social workers into gatekeepers, the decision-makers on assessment and eligibility for care, said Belinda in her opening remarks.…

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Subscribe for our winter issue due out January/give it as a Christmas gift, and get our current issue FREE. Email the publisher Rosemary on rosecli@btinternet.com with your details. All subscriptions get a digital access to the archived magazines and  articles.  If you want to give this as a Christmas gift give us contact details – the name, email, and postal address of the person to whom you are sending a Christmas gift and we’ll email them with a festive message with your subscription gift.…

Don’t miss Community Living’s July issue NOW out

You get a printed copy and a free on-line digital version with full access to back articles….with a regular articles from Belinda Schwehr (LLM) on social care law issues and Charlie Callanan on welfare benefits.. Should these Assessment and Treatment Units (ATUs) providing neither be called prisons?…

The Care Act shows its teeth

Intro: Haringey’s failure to provide an advocate, and the first judicial analysis of a little known part of the Care Act – accommodation for asylum seekers – give us the first indications of how the new Act can be applied. Belinda Schweher explains We now have the first legal precedent of real principle under the Care Act.…

The Care Act shows its teeth

Intro: Haringey’s failure to provide an advocate, and the first judicial analysis of a little known part of the Care Act – accommodation for asylum seekers – give us the first indications of how the new Act can be applied. Belinda Schwehr explains We now have the first legal precedent of real principle under the Care Act.…

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