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Cash, but not clarity, for pensioners

In a post budget summary the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group, a body dedicated to making the tax system more friendly to the needs of taxpayers on low incomes which was established by the Chartered Institute of Taxation, examines the effects of the Chancellors measures and questions why are they still so confusing and complicated.

Direct payments: friend or foe?

Following the recent White Paper, Modernising Social Services, the Government has announced its intention to make Direct Payments available to disabled people over 65 as well as, as at present, to those under that age. While no indication is given as to timescale, there is every indication that the change will be made fairly soon as it will not require primary legislation. It is therefore timely to consider what Direct Payments are and their implications for older people in the future.

Care, consent and competence

Many legal advisers who have older clients exercise substituted decision making powers, either as attorneys under enduring powers, or as receivers. These powers do not, however, enable decisions about medical or personal care to be made by attorneys or receivers in respect of individuals who lack mental capacity. Where such decisions have to be made - sometimes as a matter of life and death, sometimes as a matter of day to day management - the law is often misunderstood.

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