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    Melinda Giles, PCS committee member, featured on BBC Breakfast to discuss LPAs


    Following a report about lasting powers of attorney and dementia, Melinda Giles pressed the importance of sorting an LPA early, picking the right attorney and getting advice from a specialised solicitor.

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    Investment by attorneys in discretionary management schemes clarified by OPG


    The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has agreed to change its guidance on express provision for the management of investments via a discretionary investment provider within a financial lasting power of attorney (LPA). 

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    Care Act funding reforms pushed back to 2020


    The introduction of a cap on social care costs - a key government election manifesto - is postponed after outcry from local authorities

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    Care Act 2014 comes in force on 1 April


    A reminder that most provisions in the Care Act 2014, the first overhaul of social care statute in England for more than 60 years, come into force on 1 April 2015. 

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    Council budget cuts may force elderly to sell homes, LGA warns


    The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that reduced funding to implement care reforms could force elderly and disabled people to sell their homes in order to pay for care. The warning is in light of Department of Health (DH) figures which indicate that the government has lowered its £5.6bn ...

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    Lifeline for the lonely: Esther Rantzen talks to us about The Silver Line


    Journalist and campaigner Esther Rantzen has launched a nationwide helpline for elderly people who struggle with loneliness. Before speaking at the Elderly Client Care Conference last month, she discussed with PS how private client solicitors can play their part too.

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    New offence of ill-treatment


    Following the Francis Report, which was the final report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry, the Department of Health has accepted the recommendation of the National Advisory Group on the Safety of Patients in England to develop a new criminal offence of ill-treatment or wilful neglect. This ...