It has been another difficult few weeks for many of us, especially those who find themselves under tier 3 restrictions.
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.
We have submitted our response to the White Paper Consultation based on the discussion held at the “Planning for the Future - what does this mean for affordable housing” webinar we held on Fri 9 Oct
Anthony Collins Solicitors is pleased to have been ranked as a Band 1 firm once again.
Since March 2020, commercial property owners and occupiers across many sectors, whether housing associations, charities, care providers or local authorities, have been impacted by the rules regulating how they deal with their tenants and their landlords. It seems each week there is a change in policy, regulation or legislation, governing how they must respond.
On 18 September 2020, the High Court gave its decision regarding the Judicial Review of Simply Learning Tutor Agency Ltd & Others v Secretary of State for Business.
A key element of the Bill is the establishment of a duty holder regime and requirement to maintain the ‘golden thread of information’ throughout the life cycle of high-risk residential buildings
We have been working with care homes to update their contracts and advise on the risks of charging the resident a regular “top-up” or additional fee where a resident is funded through NHS CHC
The parliamentary processes are complete and the Restriction of Public Exit Payments Regulations 2020 (“the Regulations”) which cap exit payments in the public sector at £95,000 will be in force from 4 November.
As the UK’s social housing sector recovers from the initial Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown, now is the time to focus on the challenges that may emerge next.
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