Hilary Homfray joins Anthony Collins Solicitors after working for Birmingham City Council for 14 years. With more than 60,000 properties, she was kept busy!
"The evidence shows that something has to change. The social care sector in particular needs to receive proper support from central government and ensuring the integration of health and social care services and providing incentives to deliver improved outcomes over the long term, to ensure that it is properly equipped for the rising demand for its services and is able to give the support required to families and carers who may be looking after a loved one.
"Changes have been recommended to employment practices and pension schemes, but these do not address the core of the issue, which is that sufficient time has not been given to prepare for a situation that we know has been coming for decades. Flexible hours and retraining schemes will go some way to help the middle-aged build a sufficient nest egg for their retirement, however this does not address the funding and resource issue that health and social care organisations are facing, and will continue to face.
"The key message that has emerged from this report is that we need to plan ahead, and I hope that key decision-makers in central government will pay attention and act accordingly."
The use of large up-front fees and disproportionate deposits has already resulted in significant cost consequences for one care provider.
The government announced on 16 May that it will provide a fund of £400m to cover the costs of removal and replacement of cladding to high rise residential blocks which have failed tests.
Whilst some people are under the impression that preparing a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is simply a case of completing a form and ticking a few boxes, it is about far more than this.
A big fear for some people facing divorce and the inevitable carving up of the matrimonial assets. They seek assurances that such assets will be “ring-fenced” and retained for them.
Thinking about the legal status of being a cohabitant probably isn’t at the top of the ‘to do’ list.
When an individual is thinking about making a gift to another individual, consideration needs to be given to the Potentially Exempt Transfer (PET) trap.
We are now only a few weeks away from the biggest change to data protection laws in over 20 years. Are you compliant?
The tragedy, in this case, is that there were options readily available to the midwives that they could have used. This was not a case of having to go above and beyond.
Arising from the recent Family Division announcement, people who think they are legally divorced may in fact still be married.
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