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A Budget and General Update

Anne Edis provides an update of recent developments in Community Care

1 January 1996


A Budget and General Update

Anne Edis provides an update of recent developments in

The most significant issues arising for practitioners come from the November Budget, which brought in changes in the capital levels which may be retained and also in the way in which funding may be dealt with in future.

A further development which was reported in The Times of December 19th is the case of Steane & Another-v-The Chief Adjudication Officer and Another Court of Appeal (Times 19th December 1995) is also important.

The Budget

The most significant measures brought in under the Budget were the increases in the capital allowances, which were allowed to be retained by anyone intending to go into a nursing or residential care home, to £16,000 and £10,000 respectively. The bad news, of course, is that these do not become operative until April 6th 1996. (The current levels are £8,000 and £3,000).

Provisions were also made in ...

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