As we prepare for the winter months ahead, the government has published its new winter plan for adult social care. The plan outlines the national expectations and requirements of local authorities, NHS organisations and care providers (both paid and unpaid) in order to manage the spread of COVID-19 ahead of the anticipated additional pressures of seasonal illnesses on the adult social care sector.
The government has published updated guidance outlining the national expectations of the local authority and clinical commissioning groups in relation to the use of direct payments and personal health budget(s).
On the 1st May 2020 certain aspects of the law on education, health and care (EHC) needs assessments and Plans changed temporarily to give local authorities, health commissioning bodies, and others whose roles contribute to these processes more flexibility in responding to the demands placed on them by coronavirus. These temporary changes relaxed the timescales and deadlines by which local authorities and others needed to adhere to in relation to EHC Plans.
The exceptional circumstances created by the Covid-19 pandemic has seen significant changes in the way Wills are signed and witnessed, be it through car windscreens or in gardens. Last week the Lord Chancellor temporarily amended the Wills Act 1837 to allow the witnessing of Wills to take place via ‘video-conferencing or other visual transmission’.
The Government’s Kickstart Scheme is now open for employer applications. The scheme offers 6 month work placements to 16-24 year olds who are claiming Universal Credit and are at risk of long term unemployment. It is hoped the scheme will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs for young people.
For many young people, the dream of owning a home of their own in their local community, whether they grew up there or settled there can feel like a pipedream. With local properties being too expensive, often young people are forced to move out of their community to areas which are more affordable. Key workers for example can sometimes have no other option than to commute long distances to the communities they serve rather than being able to afford to live and settle in that community.
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