The truth about women’s financial abuse

The recent report titled Unequal, Trapped and Controlled by Women’s Aid in association with TUC highlights the misery and hidden figures for women who have been financially abused. Financial abuse is defined as control over money and exploitation of a survivor’s income. This often leads to the survivor being trapped as they have little or… Read More

Success in Continuing Healthcare Claim

Swain & Co Solicitors in Southampton are celebrating after succeeding in a Continuing Healthcare claim. Mr C instructed Nicholas Endean, specialist community care solicitor, to investigate why X NHS Trust did not undertake a children’s continuing healthcare assessment (CHC) on Mr C’s severely disabled child. The family were left without support following discharge from hospital… Read More

When will I be reassessed under the new Care Act 2014?

With Part 1 of the Care Act 2014 coming into force on 1 April 2015, a new threshold of eligibility will apply to all service users currently in receipt of community care services. However, at what point will this take effect? Under the Care Act 2014 (Transitional Provision) Order 2015, service users currently receiving care and… Read More

Man who murdered mother granted legal aid

A man who is serving a life sentence for the murder of the mother of four children is receiving legal aid, reported the Daily Mail. The man, known only as X, wants to have contact with his children. The case is in court due to a dispute over whether DNA collected at the murder scene… Read More

The Care Act 2014 is coming – Wellbeing and Assessment  

On 1st April 2015 Part 1 of the Care Act 2014 comes into force. This legislation represents the largest change in adult social care and community care law in decades and consolidates  existing legislation into one new Act. You may have heard snippets on the radio about greater rights for carers and the cost of… Read More

Less children being put up for adoption

Figures released have shown that fewer children are being placed for adoption and fears are this is because of a misunderstanding by Social Services. The Courts made their views on when children should be placed for adoption very clear but the concern is that Social Services do not understand this guidance which has lead to… Read More

Girl threatened by family if she did not marry

A girl from Croydon was subjected to abuse and threatened by her family if she refused to go to Afghanistan to get married, the High Court has heard. The girl had reported her concerns to professionals and her mother said her father would “cut off her head” if she ever reported anything again. The Local… Read More