Local Government Ombudsman finds council top up fee policy to be illegal

The subject of third party top up fees is one I’m often asked about.
More often than not the people involved in working out who owes what to who, do not have enough information and experience to work it out correctly.
This story shows how one council got it wrong, by effectively requiring a lady to top up her own fees, which is against the law. (National Assistance Act 1948)
Underpinning the argument here is the basis of funding for health and social care. Health care-Free at the point of delivery. Social care-Means tested. This political hot potato is one that the political parties have been juggling at their conferences in recent months.

http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2014/10/03/ombudsman-criticises-council-forcing-resident-pay-unlawful-care-home-top/ For the full story

http://www.scotting.org for more on paying for care

Advertisements

New BBC documentary

There’s a new documentary on the telly this week.

Looking at Older People’s Services in Birmingham.

If it lives up to its billing it will be worth a watch.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2014/15/protecting-our-parents.html

If you are reading this after 17th April I’m sure it’ll be on I player. I’ll post a link when it’s up.