Court quashes planning permission for care home over error in officer report – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 15th, 2018 in care homes, news, planning by sally

‘The High Court has quashed planning permission for a care home because of a material error in the council officer’s report that led to its approval.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th August 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Care home boss who stole millions from residents jailed – Crown Prosecution Service

‘The owner of a care home who tried to defraud residents out of £4.1million by isolating them from their families and persuading them to make him a beneficiary of their wills has been jailed today.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 13th July 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

High Court quashes planning permission for care home expansion: report – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 8th, 2018 in care homes, local government, news, planning by sally

‘The High Court has quashed planning permission for a care home expansion granted by Bath and North East Somerset Council despite officers’ objections, it has been reported.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th June 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Council criticised after care home banned daughter from visiting mother – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 1st, 2018 in care homes, complaints, local government, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘A Liverpool care home should not have banned a daughter from visiting her mother without warning, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st May 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Seven years on from Winterbourne View, why has nothing changed? – The Guardian

Posted May 30th, 2018 in care homes, duty of care, learning difficulties, news by sally

‘This week is the seventh anniversary of BBC Panorama’s exposure of the systematic abuse of people with learning disabilities at Winterbourne View hospital in Gloucestershire.’

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The Guardian, 30th May 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

The door-knock that brought back years of abuse – BBC News

‘A knock on the door by two detectives changed everything for Mark, bringing back the horrors of sexual abuse he had suffered as a child. Like other survivors of child abuse, he says he found it hard to get any support afterwards.’

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BBC News, 28th May 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Family seek to replace ‘sarcastic’ coroner after autistic daughter died – The Guardian

Posted May 10th, 2018 in autism, care homes, coroners, inquests, news by sally

‘A family have begun judicial review proceedings to replace a “combative and sarcastic” coroner they say is blocking a full inquest into how their autistic daughter died while in the care of an NHS-funded private care home.’

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The Guardian, 10th May 2018

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Care homes firm Sunrise to refund ‘up-front fees’ to residents – BBC News

Posted May 9th, 2018 in care homes, compensation, fees, news by tracey

‘Care homes operator Sunrise Senior Living will pay more than £2m in compensation to residents after charging them thousands of pounds in compulsory “up-front fees”. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) secured the deal for most people who had paid since 1 October 2015.’

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BBC News, 9th May 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Mentally ill subject to ‘physical violence and verbal threats’ while held under Mental Health Act, finds report – The Independent

Posted May 1st, 2018 in care homes, human rights, mental health, news, reports by tracey

‘Mentally ill people are being subjected to “distressing experiences” including physical violence and verbal threats while detained under the Mental Health Act, a government-commissioned review has found.’

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The Independent, 1st May 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Considerations for care homes on the charging of fees after death – Family Law

Posted March 8th, 2018 in care homes, competition, consultations, elderly, fees, news by tracey

‘In the first of a regular Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) column for Family Law Claire Davis, Director of SFE, considers the issue of care homes charging fees after death.’

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Family Law, 5th March 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Care home bosses warned ‘revenge evictions’ could be illegal – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 26th, 2018 in care homes, complaints, news by tracey

‘Care home bosses have been warned ‘revenge evictions’ could be illegal, as the regulator confirms it has begun collecting data to examine the scale of the problem.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th February 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Psychiatrist suspended for 12 months after man drowned in epileptic fit – The Guardian

‘A senior psychiatrist has been suspended for 12 months following the death of a vulnerable teenager who suffered an epileptic fit and drowned in a bath at an NHS care unit.’

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The Guardian, 21st February 2018

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Calls for inquiry over financial abuse of vulnerable care home residents as figures show 13,000 have been affected – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 19th, 2018 in care homes, elderly, freedom of information, inquiries, news, powers of attorney by sally

‘Care home managers reported almost 13,000 concerns that vulnerable residents were experiencing financial abuse in the past four years, new figures show.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th February 2018

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‘Gross failure’ in man’s care led to death from constipation – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2018 in care homes, disabled persons, hospitals, inquests, news by tracey

‘Inquest into death of man with Down’s syndrome criticises care home and hospital over his treatment.’

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The Guardian, 8th February 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Highbridge’s Mendip House staff ‘engaged in cruel behaviour’ – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2018 in autism, bullying, care homes, care workers, disciplinary procedures, news, reports by tracey

‘Autistic residents were subjected to “cruel behaviour”, bullying and humiliation at a care home in Somerset, a safeguarding report has found.’

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BBC News, 8th February 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Young people in care being ‘criminalised’ as police receive unnecessarily high number of calls to children’s homes – The Independent

Posted December 18th, 2017 in care homes, news, reports, young offenders, young persons by sally

‘Children in care are at risk of being criminalised as police forces are called out to children’s homes at an unnecessarily high rate, a report has found.’

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The Independent, 18th December 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Council defeats High Court challenge over care home fees increase – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 7th, 2017 in appeals, care homes, fees, local government, news by sally

‘Essex County Council has successfully defended a judicial review challenge to the fees it proposed paying to operators of care homes.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th December 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Care homes are breaking the law by charging residents after death, says watchdog – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 1st, 2017 in care homes, fees, news by tracey

‘Care homes are breaking the law by charging wealthier residents fees after they have died, a regulator has said. People who pay for their own care are also being charged £12,000 year more each than the fees paid by councils, equivalent to a total shortfall of £1bn a year, the Competition and Markets Authority said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th November 2017

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Council bans care home’s £1 bingo competition and accuses OAPs of breaking illegal gambling laws – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 20th, 2017 in care homes, gambling, local government, news by tracey

‘Pensioners at a care home have had their £1 bingo competition banned after a council accused them of breaking the law against illegal gambling dens.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th November 2017

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Council wins appeal over residential care payments and revenue streams – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 24th, 2017 in appeals, care homes, elderly, fees, local government, news by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed a council’s appeal over whether it could lawfully take into account three revenue streams – private fees, top up payments and NHS payments – when making an evaluative judgement of what it would expect to pay for residential care for the elderly.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd October 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk