Care workers take Hampshire home employers to tribunal over pay and working hours – The Guardian

‘Eleven female carers to the elderly are taking their employers to a tribunal claiming they were only paid by the minutes they spent with clients rather than their rostered working hours. The staff, who were on zero-hours contracts, allege that, due to the arrangements, they were paid less than the minimum wage of £6.31 an hour. It is understood that some of the employees at Apex Care in Romsey, Hampshire, where the firm was commissioned to provide the home care service by the council, believe their real hourly wage was close to £3.50.’

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The Guardian, 17th August 2014

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Parents accused of ‘emotionally harming’ child by not naming him, win right to appeal – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 4th, 2014 in adoption, appeals, care homes, children, learning difficulties, names, news by sally

‘A couple from Hertfordshire who had their five-month-old baby taken off them because they refused to name him, have won the right to appeal the decision.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st August 2014

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Family loses fight to keep autistic daughter in Swansea – BBC News

Posted August 4th, 2014 in care homes, disabled persons, families, news by sally

‘A Swansea family has lost its bid to prevent a health board moving their autistic daughter to a specialist unit in Brighton.’

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BBC News, 1st August 2014

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Watchdog gets new powers to close failing care homes – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 16th, 2014 in care homes, elderly, news, ombudsmen, standards by tracey

‘Failing care homes will be put on “special measures” and closed down if they fail to improve, under new powers given to watchdogs in the wake of a series of scandals.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th July 2014

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They think it’s all over … – NearlyLegal

‘We covered the case of Beech v Birmingham CC in the High Court here. The appeal to the Court of Appeal was heard on 11/6/2014 and judgement was given on 17/6/2014.

I will not repeat the facts here except to say that the appeal was narrowed down to only two grounds of challenge: namely that the notice to quit was procured from the late Mrs Warren under undue influence from the housing officer, Mr Pumphrey, and that it had been given when no formal mental capacity assessment had been carried out, in breach of the Code of Practice issued under s.42(1)(a) of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (the ‘public law defence’).’

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NearlyLegal, 22nd June 2014

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North Somerset care home staff sentenced for ill-treating resident – BBC News

‘Three former care home workers who mistreated a resident with Alzheimer’s disease have been barred for life from working with vulnerable adults.’

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BBC News, 20th June 2014

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Care homes operator pays compensation to family of elderly resident subjected to ‘sickening’ abuse – Legal Futures

‘The owners of a care home where staff were jailed after being caught on camera physically and verbally abusing a 89-year-old woman have finally agreed a compensation settlement with her family for allowing the ‘sickening’ treatment to happen.’

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Legal Futures, 19th June 2014

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Orchid View care home scandal review ‘not enough’ – BBC News

Posted June 10th, 2014 in care homes, elderly, inquiries, news, reports by sally

‘A man whose mother died at a scandal-hit care home has said a serious case review has not gone far enough and the private care home sector has failed.’

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BBC News, 9th June 2014

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Laws to protect elderly from abuse left out of Queen’s Speech – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 3rd, 2014 in bills, care homes, elderly, news, speeches by sally

‘New legislation designed to protect the elderly from abusive carers will no longer be included in next week’s Queen’s Speech.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd June 2014

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Care Act 2014

Posted May 23rd, 2014 in care homes, care workers, carers, legislation, local government, standards by sally

Care Act 2014 published

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Judge condemns council for ‘unlawful detention’ of pensioner moved to care home – Daily Telegraph

‘A woman was “unlawfully deprived of her” liberty and her right to family life breached when she was removed from her home by a local council, a judge has ruled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th May 2014

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Cheshire West: liberate social policy from the influence of human rights – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted May 13th, 2014 in appeals, care homes, elderly, human rights, mental health, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘Social policy towards those without capacity changed on 19 March 2014. It changed not as a result of a public discussion about the issue but because of a judgment given by the Supreme Court – Cheshire West [2014] UKSC 19. The change was not preceded by a Royal Commission, Green Paper, debate in Parliament or any other engagement with the public, but after seven judges received legal submissions from 17 barristers. The change was not determined by the needs of those in care, but by the requirements of human rights laws.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 13th May 2014

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Courts braced for surge in cases of elderly locked up against their will – Daily Telegraph

‘The President of the Family Division of the High Court Sir James Munby predicts rush of claims from care home patients held in ‘cages’.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th May 2014

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Abuse claim Beechwood children’s home residents awarded compensation – BBC News

‘Former residents at a children’s care home have been awarded compensation after claims they were sexually abused.’

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BBC News, 3rd May 2014

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Elderly ‘suffer in silence’ under NHS care, says watchdog – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 7th, 2014 in care homes, complaints, elderly, hospitals, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘Dame Julie Mellor, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, said elderly can be too frightened or polite to complain about inadequate care.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th April 2014

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Jimmy Savile: Schools and children’s homes face investigation – BBC News

Posted March 27th, 2014 in care homes, education, health, local government, news by tracey

‘Claims Jimmy Savile abused children at 21 children’s homes and schools in England must be investigated by local authorities, the government has said.’

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BBC News, 27th March 2014

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Disabled patients ‘have right to liberty’, Supreme Court rules – BBC News

‘Disabled people have the same right to “physical liberty” as others, one of the UK’s most senior judges has said. Lady Hale, deputy president of the Supreme Court, said the state had a duty to uphold that right and to cater for disabled people.’

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BBC News, 19th March 2014

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Elderly woman evicted from care home over assisted suicide fears – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 17th, 2014 in assisted suicide, care homes, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘An 87-year-old woman was evicted from her care home because she advocated assisted suicide and staff feared they could be prosecuted if they did not stop her. Dorothy Brown, a former magistrate and lifelong supporter of a change in the law, was given notice to leave after carers came across a bottle of pills and an undated note and feared she could be about to make an attempt.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th March 2014

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Vulnerable people ‘being kept prisoner in care homes’ – The Guardian

‘Tens of thousands of the most vulnerable patients are effectively being kept prisoner in care homes and hospitals through misuse of mental health laws, a damning House of Lords investigation has found.’

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The Guardian, 13th March 2014

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Manuela Sykes in dementia care court victory – BBC News

Posted February 26th, 2014 in anonymity, care homes, Court of Protection, mental health, news, social services by tracey

‘An 89-year-old woman who suffers from dementia and says she is “miserable” in a care home has won the first stage in a court fight to live in her own home. A Court of Protection judge has ruled Manuela Sykes can return to her flat where she has lived for 60 years on a one-month trial basis.’

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BBC News, 25th February 2014

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