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Funding care of elderly the new political battle ground – comment from law firm Royds Withy King

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The Conservative Party has set out proposals for the future funding of the elderly. At the heart of its proposals is an increase in National Insurance payments for the over 50s and the option for wealthy homeowners to pay voluntary contributions for those wishing to secure better care should they want it.

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Pre-inquest review hearings – how can care providers be fully prepared?

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If called to attend a pre-inquest review hearing, it is vital you are fully prepared so you can contribute meaningfully to the discussions and to protect your interests.

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The inquest process – the basics for care providers

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Care is an inherently challenging area to work in. As a social care provider you may well become involved in inquest proceedings, following the death of a service user.

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Game, set, match… well, almost

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After an energetic game of ping pong between the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill was approved by the House of Lords on the 24 April 2019, which means it is now just waiting for Royal Assent before becoming law.

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Factual accuracy update: CQC rows back from imposing a 50-word limit on factual accuracy checks

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We recently reported that CQC were about to impose a severely restricted word limit on the factual accuracy process. They had not previously announced this change publicly but had posted a new factual accuracy form on line. They admitted (when asked) that they were about to impose the word limit.

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Our important employment law update for care providers

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In this important update for care providers we will look at:

• new government guidance on how to calculate holiday pay
• Mencap sleep-in case heads to the Supreme Court
• new National Minimum Wage increases, and
• new penalty charges for “aggravated” breaches of employment rights.

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“Factual accuracy by Twitter”: CQC implements a word limit and pre-emptive phone calls to managers to discourage challenges to inspection reports

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CQC is imposing a new 325 character limit on factual corrections to draft inspection reports. This means that for every point you wish to contest, you will have to explain your correction in approximately 50 words. To illustrate the new brevity required, in this article, the fiftieth word would be here.

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Who’s fooling who? Why you need to be sure whoever signs your terms and conditions is authorised to do so.

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You have a new, self-funding resident, lacking in capacity to enter into any residential or service contract – who do you ask to enter into the contract on their behalf? Who is actually legally able to sign on their behalf? Please read on to see what you need to clarify to reduce your risk of a dispute over who is liable to meet a self-funding service users fees.

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The CMA issues court proceedings against national care home provider

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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has issued court proceedings against Care UK for their failure to agree to refund their residents for a “compulsory upfront ‘administration’ fee”.

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CQC considers regulation of dental practices in the well-led domain.

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While the workings of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) can seem like a mystery to many dental professionals, understanding how CQC works will help your service shine during its inspection.

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CQC’s new guidance on the factual accuracy process for draft inspection reports: a chance to have your say.

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Did you take part in CQC’s previous consultations regarding their factual accuracy guidance? Have CQC solved the problems you identified with the existing process for challenging draft inspection reports? Read on to hear our thoughts and find out how to share your views.

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Care homes – have you paid your data protection fee?

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has begun formal enforcement action against care homes that have failed to pay the data protection fee (the Fee).

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