social care law

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.…

“Simple Simon – a natural, a silly fellow”

Simon Jarrett unearths the history of his namesake Simple Simon, a man who was always laughed at but somehow always remained in his community. In the very first issue of Community Living, in April 1987, our fabled first editor David Brandon wrote a great article entitled Simple Simon’s sad message – the cruel humour of kids’ comics.…

Why did West Berkshire lose over its decision to cut funding for short breaks?

The Administrative Court has recently quashed West Berkshire’s decision to reduce by 52 per cent the funding given to voluntary organisations to provide short break support to families with disabled children. Belinda Schwehr hopes this indicates that there will be at least some judicial review principles arising out of 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 Schweher explains We now have the first legal precedent of real principle under the Care Act.…

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