Mar 26, 2020
The Coronavirus Act 2020, which contains a wide range of emergency measures as part of the government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, has been given Royal Assent.
Mar 26, 2020
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has suspended all casework activity that demands information from, or action by, local authorities and care providers, in light of the current coronavirus outbreak.
Mar 23, 2020
LGA issues briefing on Coronavirus Bill, calls for temporary relaxation of FOI and GDPR requirements
The Local Government Association has called for additional powers to be given to local government as it published a briefing on the measures contained in the Coronavirus Bill.
Mar 20, 2020
Barristers call for changes to Coronavirus Bill to avoid wholesale removal of duties to provide adult social care
Barristers from 39 Essex Chambers, 11KBW and Monckton Chambers have set out proposed amendments to the Coronavirus Bill, warning that, as it is currently drafted, the legislation is likely to have a serious negative impact on adults with care and support needs and their carers.
Mar 18, 2020
Mother sends letter before action to government over coronavirus and strategy for needs of younger disabled people, lack of testing of health and social care workers
Claimant law firm Simpson Millar has sent a letter before action on behalf of the mother of a child with a number of complex health and learning disabilities calling on the UK government to confirm its strategy for “meeting the needs of younger disabled people (children and working age adults) in the context of the current pandemic”.
Mar 17, 2020
The Care Quality Commission has stopped routine inspections as it adapts its regulatory approach in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Mar 06, 2020
Social worker suspended for 12 months for copying and pasting Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards forms
An experienced social worker has been suspended for 12 months for copying eight DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) assessments from forms completed for other service users.
Mar 05, 2020
Council rapped over failure to properly carry out financial assessment following Ombudsman investigation
North Yorkshire County Council has been criticised in a report by the Local Government and Social Ombudsman which found that the local authority had failed to carry out a financial assessment it had agreed to undertake following an earlier upheld complaint to the Ombudsman.
Feb 28, 2020
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has criticised Norfolk County Council after a woman was left to care for an elderly vulnerable friend for months before he died while the local authority delayed meeting his care.
Feb 17, 2020
The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) has launched a new complaints guidebook for the UK care homes industry designed to help operators understand consumer law and implement a complaints process.