Sep 29, 2021
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has said a gulf exists between what the public expects from adult social care and what it delivers, and the service is “progressively failing to deliver for those who need it most”.
Sep 14, 2021
The President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) said the organisation has been left “perplexed and concerned” that the Government’s proposals regarding adult social care funding and reform pose more questions than answers.
Sep 03, 2021
Kent County Council has said it believes it is not possible to comply with a recommendation made by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman to process all Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard (DoLS) assessments in a timely manner.
Sep 01, 2021
Amanda Wright-Kluger, a partner and solicitor-advocate at Browne Jacobson’s Nottingham office, has been appointed a social care ambassador for Championing Social Care.
Aug 31, 2021
The Court of Appeal has granted the Department of Health and Social Care permission to appeal a key ruling on the issue of ‘ordinary residence’ for the purposes of s.117(3) of the Mental Health Act.
Aug 20, 2021
Dudley Council has agreed to refund care home top-up fees for concerned families whose relatives were not offered an affordable placement, following a Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman investigation.
Aug 16, 2021
The Department of Health and Social Care has withdrawn its emergency guidance on the Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Aug 15, 2021
A Court of Protection judge has approved the giving of the first and second dose of a Covid-19 vaccination to a man who lacks capacity, but has declined to authorise in advance the administration of a booster dose.
Aug 12, 2021
A council has agreed to a series of recommendations from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman after an investigation into a case where a man was barred from visiting his mother in a care home.
Aug 09, 2021
A number of errors by a council and a care provider led to a centenarian facing eviction from her nursing home because of unpaid fees, despite both her family and the council paying for her care, an investigation from The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found.
Jul 22, 2021
The High Court has allowed four disabled individuals to bring a judicial review challenge of how the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Thérèse Coffey, conducted the consultation on a proposed new national strategy for people with disabilities.
Jul 19, 2021
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has launched an inquiry that will consider the effectiveness of existing methods of challenging local authority decisions about individuals’ entitlements to adult social care or support in England and Wales, including – but not limited to – complaints to local authorities and Ombuds, and judicial review.
Jul 14, 2021
The President of the Family Division has ruled out issuing firm guidance on how the family courts and the Court of Protection should approach their work after 19 July – dubbed ‘Freedom Day’ – when coronavirus restrictions are lifted by the Government.
Jul 07, 2021
England is to be divided into integrated care boards and partnerships responsible for bringing together local NHS and local government, such as social care, mental health and public health advice.
Jul 05, 2021
The Court of Appeal has made no order for costs in a case where it allowed a mother's appeal against an order made in the Court of Protection discharging her as a party to proceedings concerning her highly vulnerable 19-year-old daughter.
Jul 05, 2021
The Supreme Court will next week (15 July) hear a case over whether, to have capacity to decide to have sexual relations with another person, a person needs to understand that the other person must have the capacity to consent to the sexual activity and must in fact consent before and throughout the sexual activity.
Jul 01, 2021
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has adapted its routine inspections system drawing on the experience of a year of working under pandemic restrictions.
Jun 17, 2021
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found Essex County Council at fault after it told two women that their Disability Related Expenses (DREs) for Deputy services, which a court appointed, were too expensive to cover.
Jun 14, 2021
The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has launched a two-week rapid consultation on remote, hybrid and in-person hearings in the family justice system and the Court of Protection.
Jun 09, 2021
An error in someone’s name on a form did not invalidate a standard authorisation, the Court of Protection has decided.
May 19, 2021
The Court of Protection has ruled that an 86-year-old woman with dementia should not be either forcibly given a Covid vaccine or deceived into accepting a jab.
May 11, 2021
Law firm Bindmans said it has been instructed to bring a legal challenge to care home guidance that says residents making a visit out of the care home should isolate for 14 days on their return.
May 05, 2021
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case on whether, to have capacity to decide to have sexual relations with another person, a person needs to understand that the other person must have the capacity to consent to the sexual activity and must in fact consent before and throughout the sexual activity.
Apr 26, 2021
The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal from a decision by the Vice-President of the Court of Protection to discharge a mother as a party to proceedings concerning her highly vulnerable 19-year-old daughter (P).
Apr 15, 2021
The Government has launched a five-week consultation on requiring care home providers, caring for older adults, to deploy only those workers who have received their COVID-19 vaccination.