Sep 29, 2021
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has said a gulf exists between what the public expects from adult social care and what it delivers, and the service is “progressively failing to deliver for those who need it most”.
Sep 14, 2021
The President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) said the organisation has been left “perplexed and concerned” that the Government’s proposals regarding adult social care funding and reform pose more questions than answers.
Sep 03, 2021
Council claims Ombudsman request for it to process DoLS applications within set time constraints “not possible”
Kent County Council has said it believes it is not possible to comply with a recommendation made by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman to process all Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard (DoLS) assessments in a timely manner.
Sep 01, 2021
Amanda Wright-Kluger, a partner and solicitor-advocate at Browne Jacobson’s Nottingham office, has been appointed a social care ambassador for Championing Social Care.
Aug 31, 2021
Court of Appeal agrees to hear appeal by Health Secretary in dispute over interpretation of ‘ordinary residence’ and s.117 Mental Health Act
The Court of Appeal has granted the Department of Health and Social Care permission to appeal a key ruling on the issue of ‘ordinary residence’ for the purposes of s.117(3) of the Mental Health Act.
Aug 20, 2021
Dudley Council has agreed to refund care home top-up fees for concerned families whose relatives were not offered an affordable placement, following a Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman investigation.
Aug 17, 2021
The Department of Health and Social Care has withdrawn its emergency guidance on the Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Aug 16, 2021
Court of Protection approves Covid vaccine for man lacking capacity, but declines to authorise booster dose without another hearing
A Court of Protection judge has approved the giving of the first and second dose of a Covid-19 vaccination to a man who lacks capacity, but has declined to authorise in advance the administration of a booster dose.
Aug 12, 2021
A council has agreed to a series of recommendations from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman after an investigation into a case where a man was barred from visiting his mother in a care home.
Aug 09, 2021
Centenarian nursing home resident forced to move because of funding mistakes, Ombudsman investigation finds
A number of errors by a council and a care provider led to a centenarian facing eviction from her nursing home because of unpaid fees, despite both her family and the council paying for her care, an investigation from The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found.
Jul 23, 2021
High Court gives green light for challenge to DWP consultation on development of new strategy for disabled people
The High Court has allowed four disabled individuals to bring a judicial review challenge of how the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Thérèse Coffey, conducted the consultation on a proposed new national strategy for people with disabilities.
Jul 19, 2021
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has launched an inquiry that will consider the effectiveness of existing methods of challenging local authority decisions about individuals’ entitlements to adult social care or support in England and Wales, including – but not limited to – complaints to local authorities and Ombuds, and judicial review.
Jul 15, 2021
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) has criticised Lincolnshire County Council after a family was forced to complain for a second time about the way a relative’s care home fees were charged.