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A Long Term in Care?

The government has responded to the recommendations of the Royal Commission on long-term care by combining changes for funding care with its proposals for the redevelopment of the health service in the NHS Plan. How will these changes appear to older people, their relatives, friends and carers facing hard and difficult choices about long term care needs?

The Care Standards Act 2000 By Rebecca Gray, The Alzheimer's Society

The Care Standards Act 2000, which received royal assent on 20 July, represents a radical overhaul of the UK care system. The Act could, if implemented effectively, have a major impact on the quality of care provided to children and vulnerable adults, and could make the system of regulation and inspection of care in particular simpler, more transparent and navigable. It is particularly important to the Alzheimer''s Society that the standard of care for older people in care homes and in the community is improved significantly. People with dementia are major users of services covered by the Act. It is estimated that almost three quarters of the nursing and residential home population in the UK have some level of dementia.

Advising grandparents on their wills in the modern family By Susan Midha

With one in five children in the U.K. being born out of wedlock, the shape of the family is changing. Many families now include what used to be the unconventional but is now becoming the norm - stepchildren, half-brothers and sisters, parents living together who are unmarried, married parents who live apart, sometimes in different countries, with every conceivable combination of responsibility for, and arrangements for access to, the children. Even for those families where this has not yet happened, in planning wills and trusts many clients now wish to take these possibilities into account.

Social Fund Funeral Payments

The need to provide for a decent burial has played an important part in the history of social policy. In the nineteenth century there was a rapid expansion of friendly and burial societies. By 1874, the Prudential alone had over one million policy holders, and the

The Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill 1999

The next stage in the Government’s reform of Social Security is to be found in the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill which is about to complete its passage through Parliament. There are four main issues which are likely to be of interest to readers of this publication

Case Law Update

Cox-v-Hockenhull (1999) 3 AER 577 This case concerned the calculation of damages under the Fatal Accidents Act in a situation where the plaintiff was financially dependent on state benefits paid in respect of his late wifes disabilities. She was killed in a road traffic accident, which was entirely the fault of the defendant

As Safe as House Part 1

In May 1999 the Department of Trade and Industry, together with the Health Education Authority, launched a safety campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to falls in the home. The campaign called, Avoiding Slips, Trips and Broken Hips, is aimed primarily at older people. The statistics are stark