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IS IT THE CASE THAT LASTING POWERS OF ATTORNEY (LPA’S) ARE THE RIGHT SOLUTION?

• LPA’s allow individuals to name others to help them in the management of their affairs if they should lose capacity or otherwise think they need assistance. LPA’S in their current form have been in existence since October 2007. They are arguably one of the most important tools for individuals as they get older. •…
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A HUNG PARLIAMENT AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR SOCIAL CARE?

THE DECISION TO HOLD A SNAP ELECTION? Clearly the decision to hold a snap election was not because of the on going crisis in the elderly care system which is caused by too much demand and too little funding.   THE ISSUES IN SOCIAL CARE? A long list could be compiled. These include self funders…
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CAN YOU AFFORD TO RIP?

· Benjamin Franklin is attributed as saying “Nothing is certain except for death and taxes”. Although the former American founding father is only attributed with this famous quote, one thing today which is certain is that the cost of a funeral is forever rising. · In 1992 the average cost of a funeral was said…
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DO CARE HOMES CLOSE?

Given the ever growing demand for elderly care services, Care Homes perhaps surprisingly close at an alarming rate. A principle reason is the lack of resources that local authorities have to meet need, combined with the government’s sticking plaster approach to reform and making good.   In 2016 some 144 Care Homes plus closed. Additionally…
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WHAT HAS BEEN SAID SO FAR ABOUT THE FUTURE OF ADULT SOCIAL CARE IN THIS ELECTION?

The Tories as expected want to talk about BREXIT and to an extent the other parties have to follow their lead. There are of course other issues, not least of which is the future of adult social care, which ultimately will require political decisions to be made    So far not much has been said,…
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THE DEATH KNELL FOR THE DEATH TAX

Is it a “U turn” or something else? • The predicted “Death Knell” in the governments intended death tax happened last night. The savage rises in probate fees are no more, or at least for the present! • The coup de grace took place yesterday when ministers announced that they would not be pushing ahead…
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IS THE GOVERNMENTS GREEN PAPER DOOMED FOLLOWING THE DECISION TO HOLD A SNAP ELECTION?

· A surprise indeed that we are all heading for the polls only two years after the last election. The question is will it change anything in the adult social care system. · The last election did because shortly after being elected David Cameron postponed the Care Cap he campaigned on until 2020 at the…
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ARE ROBOTS THE FUTURE IN RESPECT OF ELDERLY CARE?

· The latest message of doom in the care system came but a few days ago from the Chairman of the Home Care Association. He said the system was close to collapse. This mirrors Age UK’s prediction that the adult social care system will begin to collapse this year. · The number of over 75’s…
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DISABLED/VULNERABLE CHILDREN v MENTAL CAPACITY ACT?

Vulnerable children and their transition to adulthood It will come as a surprise to some parents and carers to discover that they do not have the automatic right to make decisions for their older teenagers and adult children with Special Educational Needs. The Mental Capacity Act (2005) is designed to protect and empower individuals who…
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THE DEATH KNELL FOR THE DEATH TAX?

Having reported recently on the proposed increase in Probate fees to help fund the running of the courts and tribunals system a problem has arisen. An influential Parliamentary committee, named the Parliamentary joint committee on Statutory Instruments says that the Lord Chancellor’s decision to increase Probate fees in some cases by up to 129 times…
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