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Fair access to care services

The Department of Health has published the final version of its guidance for councils managing access to care services, in the hope that it will remedy the national variations that have been experienced to date. In this article, Caroline Bielanska, solicitor, TEP and freelance consultant, examines the latest guidelines and assesses how far they will solve the problems in care service funding and distribution.

The assessment of quantum in Inheritance Act claims

The position of the surviving spouse in relation to Inheritance Act claims can be tricky and there has been some debate as to how to best proceed in deciding the amount that should be awarded following the death of a partner. Sidney Ross, a barrister at 11 Stone Buildings, continues his two-part article to consider surviving spouse cases that have passed through the courts since White v White.

What is the new guidance on domiciliary charges likely to mean for your clients?

Charging for home and day care has been an issue largely managed by local authorities, which widely varied their charging policy according to their own view of ‘reasonable’ charges. The recent Department of Health guidance hopes to remedy this situation by providing a uniform framework for future care. Pauline Thompson, policy officer of community care finance at Age Concern, summarises the guidance and assesses its implications for your clients.