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WHEN IN A CARE HOME IS IT POSSIBLE TO DEFER PAYING FOR YOUR ELDERLY CARE HOME FEES?

• Surely you cannot defer payment of fees when in a care home? Surprising though it may sound it is a fact that if after a financial assessment by the local authority it is the case that a person is unable to pay all their care home fees from their income and other assets (which…
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WILL DAVID CAMERON’S (DC) LEGACY BE BREXIT OR SOCIAL CARE REFORM?

• We asked Andrew Douglas, Partner at Awdry Bailey & Douglas Solicitors who specialises in elderly care, for his views on this issue? • Surely it must be BREXIT? Because it gets all the headlines BREXIT will almost definitely be what DC is most remembered for? It is my belief however, that running a close…
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IS REFLECTING ON YOUR OWN MORTALITY PART OF A LONG TERM CARE PLAN?

The short answer is yes. This is partly because of the cost of a funeral. In 1992 the average cost of a funeral was £950.  In 2000 it was £1,920 whilst in 2014 the cost was £3,456.  Presently the average cost of a funeral with a burial is £ £4,257 with those same costs expected…
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ARE YOU IN SAFE HANDS WITH THE UK AMBULANCE SERVICE?

Nobody will deny that the Ambulance Service in the UK is one of the best in the world. The Service and the 32,000 people who work within it are second to none. In 2016 some 10.7 million emergency calls were handled by English Ambulance Services alone.   The job of the Ambulance Service is to…
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WILL THE NEW YEAR BRING A SOLUTION TO THE FRIGHTENING COST OF ELDERLY CARE?

We asked Andrew Douglas, Partner at Awdry Bailey & Douglas Solicitors who specialises in elderly care, for his views on this issue? • The status quo is frightening? This is true not only because understanding the system is complicated but because the costs are such that if a person needs a care home facility then…
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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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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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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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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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