Community care - legal advice
In recent times, service providers have faced severe restraints on their budgets and this has led to many public authorities tightening the rules on who may be entitled to their services or indeed how many services or what amount of care people who are eligible should receive.
Health and social care is also in a state of change where successive governments have tried to introduce more choice and control to people who use these services.
Direct payments and personal budgets are being increasingly introduced where a person is allocated an amount of funding by the state (depending on what their needs are assessed as) and is then expected to manage these allocated funds to arrange for their own care, rather than a social worker managing it. There are great advantages in such personal funding for some people.
However, along with the choice and control which this type of arrangement can undoubtedly bring for some, there is a greater responsibility placed upon the individual to employ carers (and fire them), manage rotas, account for wages/payments out and to manage what can be very daunting and complex timetables.
Whichever way services are delivered, many community care services are free. Some are charged for using complex means-testing rules. Many challenges to the amount of care provision decided, or the charges made by Public Authorities for care can be successfully brought.
Many cases can be brought against public authorities which have applied the rules unjustly, or which have applied them too stringently.
Our team has the necessary experience in this field and we have been carrying out this type of work for over 20 years. You can rest assured that we will determine the best course of action for your circumstances.
Areas of specialism
- Assessments of needs and care planning
- Fairer access to Care Services Policy
- Direct payments and personal budgets
- Carers’ rights
- NHS continuing care funding
- Looked after children and leaving care duties
- Transition duties
- Charging for care
- Disabled Facilities Grants/Aids/Adaptations
- Human rights
- Complaints procedures and the Ombudsman
- Judicial Review
For advice call our community care expert on 0175 321 5096 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will contact you directly.