In the fourth part of our series on contract management pitfalls, we look at the risks arising out of varying the terms of construction contracts.
What is your experience of the impact of social care and welfare reform in the UK?
The UK is the first state to be subjected to a confidential inquiry by the UN Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a procedure initiated when reliable information is received, suggesting that Convention rights are being systematically violated by a particular state.
The conclusions within the inquiry report are damning.
The Committee determined that recent welfare and benefits reforms in the UK have “disproportionally and adversely affected the rights of persons with disabilities”, restricting their freedom of choice and degree of control over their lives, and increasing the risk of anxiety and psychological strain.
The Committee has made 11 recommendations to the UK government, including measures to counter "negative and discriminatory stereotypes".
How has our government responded?
While acknowledging the importance of the Committee’s work in ensuring that the voices of the organisations and individuals were heard, our government has strongly refuted the claims and dismissed the conclusions within the report. (The UK has been a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities since 2007).
The current economic climate certainly presents real challenges for people with a disability, and also for the individuals and organisations committed to providing quality and personalised care and support.
As a firm, our purpose is to improve lives, communities and society.
We specialise in supporting and advising organisations who serve those who, due to age, mental or physical incapacity, mental health problems or addiction, may otherwise struggle to achieve their goals. We also represent the individual – the man, woman or child – who is not receiving the service and support they are entitled to.
Anthony Collins Solicitors is committed to working with like-minded individuals and organisations to build an inclusive society.
For more information regarding social care and welfare reform, please contact Sheree Green. Sheree and our team will be happy to speak with you.
A local authority recently received a "roasting" by the Pensions Ombudsman for their delay in processing an employee’s ill-health retirement pension, following her diagnosis with advanced cancer.
The Times is looking for three or four charities to feature in their editions running in December 2019 and early January 2020.
Cliff Mills defines and talks about the importance of social value in his blog, and its potential within Greater Manchester.
Following a power outage at Anthony Collins Solicitors’ (ACS) Birmingham office, our employees and partners currently have limited functionality, including no access to emails.
Joint ventures present an opportunity for housing associations to build organisational capacity, the revenues from which could help deliver on wider social housing commitments.
Residents are now unable to make applications to prohibit landlords from seeking to recover the cost of legal proceedings through the service charge on behalf of other residents, without consent.
Natalie Barbosa summarises some of the legal challenges facing fundraisers in the charity sector.
We hosted a breakfast roundtable with Insider Midlands magazine that had attendees from a range of organisations addressing housing needs in the Midlands. The discussion explored JVs in more detail.
The decision of the Court of Appeal in The Harpur Trust v Brazel & Unison has made clear that employers can no longer legally calculate part-time holiday based on 12.07% of hours worked over a year.
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