Homeless family ‘can’t use £500,000 trust fund’ – BBC News

‘A woman awarded £500,000 after being left with severe physical and mental disabilities is homeless after her mother was barred from buying them a home with the money.’

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BBC News, 14th January 2018

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Social services under fire after boy placed into foster care before grandparents knew he was born – The Indepdendent

Posted November 8th, 2018 in carers, children, family courts, fostering, grandparents, news, social services by tracey

‘A family court judge has criticised a council’s social services department after it emerged that a little boy was placed with foster carers when grandparents who might have offered a home were unaware of his existence.’

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The Indepdendent, 7th November 2018

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Legislating on loneliness: limitless or lonesome? – Family Law

Posted November 7th, 2018 in carers, elderly, mental health, news, social services by sally

‘Olwen Dutton, partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP, discusses the key aspects of the government’s loneliness strategy. Dutton also considers any potential ethical issues stemming from the social prescription aspect of the strategy, whereby GPs will be able to refer patients who are experiencing loneliness to community activities and voluntary services.’

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Family Law, 6th November 2018

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Woman with learning difficulties not told she had contraceptive device covertly fitted – Daily Telegraph

‘A young woman with learning difficulties should not be told she was covertly fitted with a contraceptive device as it would ruin her trust in her carers, a court has ruled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th October 2018

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UK carers face fines and fraud charges because of overpaid benefit – The Guardian

Posted October 8th, 2018 in benefits, carers, fraud, news, prosecutions by sally

‘More than a thousand carers face being prosecuted for fraud as the government attempts to claw back overpayments to people who have been looking after sick and elderly relatives from the poorest communities, the Guardian has been told.’

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The Guardian, 7th October 2018

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Be lenient to parents who abuse their own children if they also care for them, judges told – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 6th, 2018 in carers, child abuse, families, news, sentencing by tracey

‘Parents who abuse their own children should be given leniency if they also care for the child, the Sentencing Council has said. Judges should consider not sending parents to prison if they are the “sole or primary carer” for their children because of the impact this could have on the victim, new guidelines say.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th september 2018

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Attorney retrospective approval of gifts from donor accounts – Family Law

Posted July 23rd, 2018 in attorney general, carers, gifts, news, volunteers by tracey

‘What are the rules governing retrospective approval of gifts and payments for voluntary care? Simon Edwards, barrister at 39 Essex Chambers, discusses Re HH (attorney’s application for retrospective approval) [2018] EWCOP 13 which demonstrates the necessity for someone who has power of attorney to retain proper records of care payments.’

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Family Law, 20th July 2018

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Widowed father ordered to leave UK against advice of Home Office’s own lawyers – The Guardian

Posted July 16th, 2018 in bereavement, carers, children, immigration, news, terrorism by tracey

‘A widower who is the sole carer of his four-year-old son has been forbidden to work and ordered to leave the country – even though the Home Office’s own lawyers advised them to drop the case.’

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The Guardian, 16th July 2018

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Carer who guided dying City banker’s hand as he signed over half of fortune to her stripped of windfall – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 1st, 2018 in carers, costs, news, wills by tracey

‘A carer who guided the pen of a dying millionaire as he signed over almost half his fortune to her family has been stripped of her windfall by a judge.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th April 2018

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Fundamental Dishonesty or Fundamental Miscommunication? – Zenith PI

Posted April 27th, 2018 in carers, compensation, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘In Wright v Satellite Information Services Limited [2018] EWHC 812 (QB) the Defendant appealed against the decision of the trial judge, HHJ Pearce, who refused to make a finding of fundamental dishonesty within the meaning of section 57 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015.

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Zenith PI, 27th April 2018

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‘Quadriplegic’ fraudster who claimed over £500,000 in benefits caught pushing wheelchair-bound wife around – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 1st, 2018 in benefits, carers, disabled persons, fraud, news, social security by tracey

‘A benefits cheat who claimed he had no use of his arms and legs conned the authorities for 15 years – until he was spotted walking around town pushing his wheelchair-bound wife.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st January 2018

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Criminal record check did not spot hammer attack carer threat – BBC News

Posted December 6th, 2017 in attempted murder, attempts, carers, criminal records, murder, news, violent offenders by sally

‘The son of a 90-year-old woman who was stabbed in the neck by a carer with a previous assault conviction is calling for a change to criminal record checks.’

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BBC News, 5th December 2017

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R (HC) v SSWP – Arden Chambers

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in appeals, carers, news, social security, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court has held that legislation designed to limit the rights of Zambrano carers to claim certain types of social assistance, including assistance under Pt 7, Housing Act 1996, was lawful.’

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Arden Chambers, 15th November 2017

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Supreme Court rejects appeal by Zambrano carer over provision – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 17th, 2017 in benefits, carers, children, EC law, housing, human rights, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The Supreme Court has this week rejected a claim that the denial of mainstream welfare and housing provision to a Zambrano carer and her child was unlawful.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th November 2017

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Dozens of leading charities face insolvency after Government demands back pay for night-time carers – The Independent

‘Dozens of leading charities could face insolvency within weeks after the Government ruled they must pay millions of pounds in back payments to overnight carers.’

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The Independent, 19th July 2017

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Vulnerable consumers praise lawyers but ask for more help – Legal Futures

Posted July 19th, 2017 in carers, legal services, Legal Services Board, mental health, news, solicitors by sally

‘Lawyers acting for mentally ill clients and dementia sufferers have been praised in surveys commissioned by the Legal Services Board (LSB) on the needs of vulnerable consumers, but some did find it hard to deal with solicitors.’

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Legal Futures, 18th July 2017

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LSB launches research into vulnerable consumers’ experience of legal services – Legal Services Board

‘The Legal Services Board has today launched research into the experiences of consumers in vulnerable circumstances when they use legal service.’

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Legal Services Board, 14th July 2017

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County council defends High Court challenge to cut to personal budget – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 2nd, 2017 in budgets, carers, disabled persons, local government, news, social services by sally

‘A county council has defended a High Court challenge to its decisions to reduce a severely disabled man’s personal budget and revise his care and support plan.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th February 2017

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23,000 allegations of elderly abuse by carers resulted in just 15 prosecutions, BBC investigation finds – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 28th, 2017 in carers, complaints, elderly, news, prosecutions, reports by tracey

‘More than 23,000 allegations of abuse by home care workers against elderly and vulnerable people were made in the last three years, yet just 15 people were prosecuted as a result, new figures show.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th February 2017

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Certainty for all: a plea to the Taylor Review by Caspar Glyn QC, Anna Beale & Nathaniel Caiden – Cloisters

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in carers, employment, minimum wage, news by sally

‘In November 2016, the government commissioned a review of modern employment practices. It is being led by Matthew Taylor and will focus on what has become known as the “gig economy”. In this blog, we summarise our written evidence to that review. Our central plea was that our legislators provide certainty for all. In our view this can best be achieved by extending basic workers’ rights to all but the truly self-employed.’

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Cloisters, 9th February 2017

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