Council wins rare appeal to Upper Tribunal over Right to Buy exemption – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 19th, 2018 in appeals, elderly, housing, local government, news, tribunals by tracey

‘Milton Keynes Council was won a rare appeal under the right to buy legislation in a dispute over whether the property in question was particularly suitable for occupation by elderly persons.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th July 2018

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Failure to enforce law means older workers face discrimination – report – The Guardian

Posted July 17th, 2018 in age discrimination, elderly, employment, enforcement, news, reports by tracey

‘Government ministers and Britain’s equalities watchdog are failing to save more than a million older workers from discrimination, bias and outdated employment practices, according to a group of MPs. In a highly critical report for the government, the women and equalities committee said the talents of older workers were going to waste because too little was being done to enforce discrimination law.’

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The Guardian, 17th July 2018

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New law to protect people with dementia and learning disabilities announced – Law Commission

‘Thousands of vulnerable people with dementia and learning disabilities will be given better protection by a new law announced today by the Government. The new Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill, based on Law Commission recommendations, brings in extra protections for those who lack the mental capacity to make decisions about their care.’

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Law Commission, 3rd July 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Gosport hospital deaths: Prescribed painkillers ‘shortened 456 lives’ – BBC News

Posted June 21st, 2018 in doctors, elderly, hospitals, inquiries, news, prosecutions, reports by tracey

‘More than 450 patients died after being given powerful painkillers inappropriately at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, a report has found.’

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BBC News, 20th June 2018

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Widespread blame expected from inquiry into suspicious hospital deaths – The Guardian

Posted June 20th, 2018 in doctors, elderly, hospitals, inquiries, medicines, news by sally

‘A four-year inquiry into the deaths of hundreds of elderly people who were routinely prescribed opioid drugs is expected to say that blame lies not just with the doctor involved but also those who worked with her, failed to monitor her and who failed to investigate – including the government.’

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The Guardian, 20th June 2018

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Court users “must buy in to reforms”, says MoJ as it pledges vulnerable will not be left behind

‘The Ministry of Justice’s top civil servant has told MPs that the government’s massive court reform programme will have failed if it does not carry the support of those who use the courts.’

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Legal Futures, 7th June 2018

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Burglars fended off by woman using husband’s crutch jailed – BBC News

Posted April 12th, 2018 in burglary, closed circuit television, elderly, news, sentencing by sally

‘Two burglars who were fended off by an 87-year-old woman armed with her husband’s crutch have been jailed.’

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BBC News, 11th April 2018

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Lorry driver sentenced for peer’s mobility scooter death – BBC News

‘A lorry driver has been given a 24-week suspended jail sentence for knocking a Labour peer off his mobility scooter and killing him.’

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BBC News, 9th April 2018

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Court of Protection solicitor convicted of neglect following elderly mother’s death – Legal Futures

‘An associate in a law firm’s Court of Protection team has been convicted of the wilful neglect of her own elderly mother, who died in squalor despite the solicitor having power of attorney to act on her behalf.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd April 2018

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Hart v Hart: what led the court to order the ultimate sanction? – Family Law

Posted March 26th, 2018 in contempt of court, divorce, elderly, financial provision, imprisonment, news by tracey

‘Anyone reading that John Hart, an 83-year-old man with prostate cancer, had been sent to prison by a High Court judge might naturally raise an eye-brow in surprise. However, HHJ Wildblood QC did just that following judgments at [2018] EWHC 548 (Fam), [2018] EWHC 549 (Fam) and dated 23 February and 18 March 2018 respectively. These decisions are the latest in the long-running saga in the Hart v Hart divorce which has now been ongoing in various guises for some six and a half years.’

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Family Law, 23rd March 2018

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Government commits to protect people with dementia and learning difficulties – Law Commission

Posted March 16th, 2018 in elderly, learning difficulties, mental health, press releases by tracey

‘The government has said it will bring forward legislation to provide greater protection for some of the most vulnerable people in our society. In a Written Ministerial Statement Health Minister Caroline Dinenage said the government broadly agreed with the Liberty Protection Safeguards model proposed by the Law Commission in 2017 and would legislate “when parliamentary time allows”.’

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Law Commission, 15th March 2018

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Millionaire jailed for contempt of court over divorce deal – The Guardian

Posted March 16th, 2018 in contempt of court, divorce, elderly, news by tracey

‘A wealthy property developer has been jailed for 14 months for contempt of court in relation to his divorce settlement.’

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The Guardian, 15th March 2018

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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

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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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West Yorkshire Police liable for knocking over elderly woman – BBC News

Posted February 9th, 2018 in elderly, negligence, news, police by tracey

‘An elderly woman who was knocked to the ground during a drug arrest has won a decade-long legal battle against West Yorkshire Police.’

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BBC News, 8th February 2018

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More than 30,000 instances of abuse in sheltered housing over last three years, finds investigation – The Independent

Posted January 24th, 2018 in assault, care workers, disabled persons, elderly, news, statistics by tracey

‘More than 30,000 instances of abuse have taken place in sheltered housing against elderly or disabled people over the last three years, a BBC File on Four investigation has revealed.’

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The Independent, 23rd January 2018

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Family win five-figure sum after Grandmother choked to death on egg sandwich -Daily Telegraph

Posted January 5th, 2018 in compensation, elderly, hospitals, inquests, news by tracey

‘The family of a grandmother who died in hospital after choking on an egg sandwich have received a five-figure payout. Lilian Hugill, who had previously survived cancer, was admitted to York Hospital with a bladder infection, but later died after staff wrongly gave her the sandwich rather than soft food.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th January 2018

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Preventing elderly financial abuse – Family Law

Posted December 18th, 2017 in elderly, families, news, powers of attorney by sally

‘There shouldn’t be anything suspicious about a young man accompanying his aunt to see her solicitor. Frail or elderly people often seek the assistance of family members when making important decisions. Most of the time, there is indeed no concern, just a caring relative looking after a loved one. But there is a growing sense among private client practitioners that financial elderly abuse is on the rise, and an overly protective nephew could be a sign that the situation is perhaps not as straightforward as it seems.’

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Family Law, 14th December 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Evidence of children and vulnerable witnesses: Part 2 – Family Law

Posted December 13th, 2017 in children, elderly, mental health, news, witnesses by sally

‘The first article in this series of two dealt with circumstances where particular arrangements might be appropriate for children and vulnerable as witnesses in family proceedings. This article looks at the type of measure which the court can provide for such witnesses; and at how these measures are dealt with in common law and under statutory provision. As mentioned at the end of this article, the funding of assessment for, and thus the effective operation of, such measures is not something the Lord Chancellor and his Ministry of Justice seems fully – or at all? – to have put their minds to.’

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Family Law, 12th December 2017

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Birmingham Six: Calls for end to ‘double injustice’ – BBC News

Posted December 7th, 2017 in disclosure, elderly, explosives, miscarriage of justice, news, terrorism by sally

‘Two men who were wrongly convicted of carrying out the Birmingham pub bombings in 1974 have supported calls for the alleged bombers to be named publicly to end a “double injustice”.’

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BBC News, 6th December 2017

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