The main points from the Interim Statement on the DoLS, now available 

http://www.lawcom.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/mental_capacity_interim_statement.pdf Excerpts from the Law Commission’s Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty Interim Statement We have therefore concluded that the new scheme should focus solely on ensuring that those deprived of their liberty have appropriate and proportionate safeguards, and should not seek to go as widely as the protective care scheme. The responsibility for establishing … Continue reading The main points from the Interim Statement on the DoLS, now available  »

Extraordinary positions being taken about supporting parenting – by children’s and adult services directorates within the same council, who should be co-operating under the Care Act!

A query received recently from someone who understands the power of legal literacy is worthy of wider circulation, to my mind. A council’s senior manager has said that Adult Services won’t help a person with a disability with parenting, because that’s a service for the child, and should be paid for by the Children’s departmental … Continue reading Extraordinary positions being taken about supporting parenting – by children’s and adult services directorates within the same council, who should be co-operating under the Care Act! »

Slides from my Community Care presentation today – plus Questions and Answers arising out of the Wednesday Webinar on Carers’ Rights regarding Assessment and Eligibility and Advocacy

For Carers’ Week, I will be putting up all the questions and answers I can think of relevant to carers’ rights, using the material from the webinar I’ve just delivered as part of my basic series of 12 webinars. Please add any questions here, by way of comments, if you can think up some unusual … Continue reading Slides from my Community Care presentation today – plus Questions and Answers arising out of the Wednesday Webinar on Carers’ Rights regarding Assessment and Eligibility and Advocacy »

Taking Tameside Apart: its defence of the indefensible, regarding top-ups and the LGO’s findings

Tameside Council has announced its refusal to accept the LGO’s findings or recommendations, in a complaint about top-ups. It is obliged to publicise this fact, and its reasons, and this is a rare event. So it is worthy of study, for what it says about legal literacy and the culture of good governance, to my … Continue reading Taking Tameside Apart: its defence of the indefensible, regarding top-ups and the LGO’s findings »

What’s SCIE going to do with this complaint?

Equal Lives and Norfolk’s implementation of the Care Act Equal Lives’ Users’ complaints about Norfolk’s alleged illegality under the Care Act can be found on the group’s website. I’ve had a look at them (for free!) to see whether there’s evidence of flagrant breaches of the Care Act and the public law principles that underpin all … Continue reading What’s SCIE going to do with this complaint? »

A cunning stunt for a council to pull, by way of maximising Choice and Direct Payments….

I heard of an interesting managerial wheeze today, which Jeremy Hunt, SCIE and the LGA and ADASS might like to consider, when focusing on Equal Lives’ complaint about Norfolk’s ignoring the Care Act. It’s another council, not Norfolk, but here goes: The council re-tenders for all its homecare, looking for just a few providers organised geographically … Continue reading A cunning stunt for a council to pull, by way of maximising Choice and Direct Payments…. »

Using the Monitoring Officer as a free and convenient means to raise concerns about illegality, in the public law sense, in adult social care

We heard recently that Norfolk is having its delivery of its Care Act functions audited by SCIE, (paid for by the Local Government Association) – due to concerns flagged up by Equal Lives, a group of user- led organisations in that region. This has been arranged somehow after the groups referred the matter to the Care Quality … Continue reading Using the Monitoring Officer as a free and convenient means to raise concerns about illegality, in the public law sense, in adult social care »

Pleasing customer reviews, and sector reaction to Belinda’s Wednesday Webinars

The first monthly webinar session (on assessment and eligibility for service users) ran last Wednesday. I am very excited to be doing this, and feel it is the only way to go, in very difficult times, for essential training for professionals, and essential knowledge for service users and carers and advocates. Here’s a selection of the … Continue reading Pleasing customer reviews, and sector reaction to Belinda’s Wednesday Webinars »

Challenging questions for those concerned with independent funded advocacy under the Care Act

See if you can answer these ticklish questions in advance of my new webinar series starting on Wednesday 6th April at 2pm. Access can be bought by the webinar or by the series, via the Webinars tab on this site. Who gets independent funded Advocacy under the Care Act? In what circumstances? What’s its essence, … Continue reading Challenging questions for those concerned with independent funded advocacy under the Care Act »

Your chance to add questions for the first of the Webinar Series on April 6th 

Here are some I’ve been sent already. The topics are advocacy and assessment and eligibility for service users. Please add yours in the comments box below and tweet it around if you’re intending to join in or access the recordings. Go to the Webinars link above right, if you want to sign up – it’s … Continue reading Your chance to add questions for the first of the Webinar Series on April 6th  »