News – December 2014

Stack of newspapers

Stack of newspapers

Our monthly roundup of news, legislation and cautions.

Universal Credit and Your Family
A summary of the implications of Universal Credit for those with children as the benefit is fully rolled out. There is further information here: Information about how this can affect other benefits can also be found here:

Carers Allowance
You can now claim for carer’s allowance online. Further information here:

Transfer of 0 to 5 Children’s Public Health to Commissioning Local Authorities
Guidance for local authorities in England as they prepare to take on responsibility for this from September 2015.

Health and Work Service Launch
This December sees the planned launch of the “Health & Work Service” throughout Britain.  It is for employed people who have been absent from work due to long-term sickness, to provide a state-funded assessment, advice, signposting and case management.  New legislation is in the process of being put in place for it.  Possibly an item to add to a portfolio of transition-related information, also it may affect some parents.

New Standards for Care Providers
New fundamental standards for all care providers in England will come into force in April 2015. However, two regulations for NHS bodies that form part of these came into force on 27 November 2014:  Regulation 5, Fit and proper persons: directors; and Regulation 20, Duty of candour for NHS trusts, NHS foundation trusts and special health authorities.


All UK legislation may be seen at:  In each case, there are Explanatory Notes which provide a quick summary of the legislation concerned.

A series of regulations are being set in place, some in force from 1 December 2014 and some coming into force later, relating to parents and adoptive parents sharing parental leave and pay; 2014 No. 3050, The Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014, and at the time of writing, other regulations include SI 2014/3051, /3052, /3053, /3054, /3091, /3092, /3093, /3095, /3096 and /3097.  The Dept for Business, Innovation and Skills have published information explaining how these new regulations will work,  In addition, the conditions for taking maternity and parental leave and returning to work afterwards are extended in 2014 No. 3221, The Maternity and Parental Leave etc. (Amendment) Regulations 2014.  2014 No. 3206, The Paternity and Adoption Leave (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2014 alter the conditions for taking adoption leave, in this case not until 5 April 2015.

2014 No. 3117, The Jobseeker’s Allowance (18-21 Work Skills Pilot Scheme) Regulations 2014.  From 26 November 2014, a pilot scheme to assist selected 18-21 year olds to gain workplace skills.

2014 No. 3197, The Childcare (Provision of Information About Young Children) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014.  Details of the information that childminder agencies may be required to provide to authorities, from 1 January 2015.

2014 No. 3216, The Education (Provision of Full-Time Education for Excluded Pupils) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014.  From 5 January 2015, a change to previous regulations so as to count consecutive periods of exclusion from school as one continuous period, which must trigger a suitable full-time education for the child from the sixth day of exclusion.