Another “Bedroom Tax” Challenge Fails – UK Human Rights Blog

‘At the end of May, the High Court ruled that the reduction in Housing Benefit under Regulation B13 of Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations – commonly dubbed “the bedroom tax” – did not unlawfully discriminate against a family with a disabled child requiring an additional bedroom for overnight careers because the shortfall was covered by discretionary housing payments.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 4th July 2014

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Temporary accommodation at a peppercorn rent – NearlyLegal

Posted July 3rd, 2014 in benefits, carers, housing, immigration, local government, news, social security by sally

‘This is a fascinating judicial review case. While the specific facts might only apply to a very few people, there is an interesting principle in it which may have wider application.’

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NearlyLegal, 2nd July 2014

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Disabled applicant not entitled under Article 8 to specific care needs – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Strasbourg Court has ruled that local authorities are within their margin of discretion to balance individuals’ personal interests against the more general interest of the competent public authority in carrying out their social responsibility of provision of care to the community at large.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th June 2014

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Hines v Lambeth London Borough Council – WLR Daily

Posted June 4th, 2014 in appeals, benefits, carers, children, EC law, families, housing, immigration, law reports by tracey

Hines v Lambeth London Borough Council: [2014] EWCA Civ 660; [2014] WLR (D) 238

‘A person whose right to remain in the United Kingdom had expired and who sought housing assistance under the Housing Act 1996 on the basis of a derivative right of residence as a primary carer of her son, a British citizen, would be entitled to accommodation only if her son would be effectively compelled to leave the United Kingdom if she left.’

WLR Daily, 20th May 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Family of disabled grandchild lose spare bedroom fight – BBC News

Posted June 2nd, 2014 in appeals, benefits, carers, children, disabled persons, housing, news by sally

‘A couple who care for their severely disabled grandchild have lost an appeal against cuts to their housing benefits because they have a spare bedroom.’

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BBC News, 30th May 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

Full text of Act

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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Ex-ballerina forces ‘landmark’ ruling in social care, charity says – Daily Telegraph

‘A disabled former ballerina who has been locked in a six-year legal battle with her local council over night-time care has forced a “landmark” ruling which could make social workers consider the “dignity” of the elderly when assessing care provisions, age campaigners have said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th May 2014

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In re G (A Child) (Non-relative Carer: application for leave for residence order; application for joinder to proceedings) – WLR Daily

Posted April 10th, 2014 in adoption, appeals, carers, children, law reports, residence orders by sally

In re G (A Child) (Non-relative Carer: application for leave for residence order; application for joinder to proceedings) [2014] EWCA 432; [2014] WLR (D) 159

‘Where, in adoption proceedings, an unrelated carer sought leave to be joined and to apply for a residence order, care was required in looking to the questions of: locus under the various potentially applicable statutory provisions; whether, and if so how, to have regard to a “change in circumstances”; and whether the child’s welfare was to be regarded as paramount.’

WLR Daily, 8th April 2014

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Carer disguised herself as 81-year-old Alzheimer’s sufferer to steal £22,000 from pensioner – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 12th, 2014 in abuse of position of trust, carers, elderly, fraud, identity fraud, news, theft by tracey

‘A carer tried to disguise herself as an 81-year-old Alzheimer’s sufferer in a bid to steal £22,000 from a pensioner’s bank account.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th March 2014

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From “Shaken Baby Syndrome” to “Non-Accidental Head Injury” – The Continuing Research and the Law – Family Law Week

‘David Bedingfield of 4 Paper Buildings charts the recent history of scientific research into serious non-accidental head injuries suffered by babies and the response of the family and criminal courts in England and Wales.’

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Family Law week, 11th March 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Upper Tribunal on bedrooms – NearlyLegal

Posted January 27th, 2014 in appeals, benefits, carers, housing, interpretation, local government, news, tribunals by sally

‘There has been some excited talk about an Upper Tribunal decision on a Local Housing Allowance appeal which apparently offered a definition of ‘bedroom’. Obviously, as an Upper Tribunal decision, this would be binding on First Tier Tribunals, even though addressing LHA rather than the bedroom tax.’

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NearlyLegal, 26th January 2014

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Ombudsman and council in standoff over £60,000-plus payment – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 17th, 2014 in carers, compensation, complaints, delay, local government, married persons, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘The Local Government Ombudsman and a local authority are at loggerheads over a recommendation that the council pay out more than £60,000 to a man forced to become a full-time carer for his wife.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th January 2014

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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Christian seeks landmark ruling over Sunday shifts – Daily Telegraph

“Celestina Mba, a Christian care worker, asks the Court of Appeal to rule that she should not be forced by an employer to work on Sundays.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd October 2013

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Vulnerable elderly ‘locked out’ of state-funded care despite reforms, study finds – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 23rd, 2013 in benefits, budgets, care homes, carers, charities, elderly, local government, news by tracey

“Hundreds of thousands of frail elderly and disabled people who need help with basic tasks such as washing and dressing will receive no assistance towards the cost of their care, despite Government reforms, experts have warned.”

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd October 2013

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And another one… – Nearly Legal

“Another bedroom tax judicial review has just been issued.”

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Nearly Legal 30th September 2013

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Changing rooms – NearlyLegal

“The bedroom tax First Tier Tribunal decisions are coming in now. And they are intriguing. In some ways, not a surprise, in others somewhat opaque. As well as the first Fife decision, there are another four Fife decisions that I’ve now seen, and a rather frustrating one from Westminster.”

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NearlyLegal, 24th September 2013

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk

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Council wins right to sell family assets to pay care bill – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 22nd, 2013 in carers, costs, Court of Protection, elderly, guardianship, mental health, news by sally

“A local authority has won the right to sell off family heirlooms, including a £30,000 Lucien Pissarro painting, to pay for an elderly man’s care bills.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th July 2013

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Spinster sisters could win legal right to be treated as married couples, Peers told – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 25th, 2013 in bills, carers, civil partnerships, families, human rights, married persons, news by sally

“The introduction of same-sex marriage could finally open the way for carers and relatives such as unmarried sisters who live together to be given the same legal status as married couples, the House of Lords has been told.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th June 2013

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‘I think I’ve killed Colin – he was getting on my nerves’: Gran who smothered terminally ill former partner escapes jail term – The Indpendent

Posted May 17th, 2013 in carers, homicide, news, suspended sentences by sally

A grandmother has been given a suspended sentence for killing her terminally ill former partner.

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The Independent, 17th May 2013

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Carers to receive legal rights under new laws – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 7th, 2013 in bills, carers, financial provision, news, parliament, pensions, speeches by sally

“Hundreds of thousands of people who care for elderly or disabled relations will be given new rights to state support for the first time, Norman Lamb, the Care and Support Minister, says.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th May 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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