News – July 2014

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A round up of recent news, guidance and legislation.

Teenagers with complex health needs lack support as they approach adulthood
The Care Quality Commission have reviewed the way teenagers with complex health needs are supported in their transition to adult health services, and aim to improve the process. They invite service users to share their experiences.

Delivering better oral health: an evidence-based toolkit for prevention
Delivering Better Oral Health is an evidence based toolkit to support dental teams in improving their patient’s oral and general health. (Public Health England).

Update to charging arrangements for adult social care services
Updated guidance for local authorities on charging for adult social care services, (Department of Health, England).

Learner Travel (Wales) Measure 2008
New guidance on school travel for Wales, (Welsh Government).

New NICE guidance: MTG18
The MAGEC system for spinal lengthening in children with scoliosis.

Standards for school food in England
Departmental advice on the standards for planning and providing food in schools.

National plans or strategies for rare diseases
The EU (European Union) publish updates on member countries’ national plans or strategies for rare diseases. The most recent one was launched in Dublin, Ireland on 3 July.

New legislation

2014 No. 192, The Registration of Social Workers and Social Service Workers in Care Services (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2014, from 30 June 2014. Extends registration requirements to certain supervisors in care at home services and housing support services.

2014 No. 1661 (C. 69), The Welfare Reform Act 2012 (Commencement No. 9, 11, 13, 14, 16 and 17 and Transitional and Transitory Provisions (Amendment)) Order 2014, from 30 June onwards. Brings into force more of the provisions for Universal Credit and other benefits. Also amends a number of conditions relating to claiming benefits such as ESA and JSA.

But…

A note about the Welfare Reform Act
Regulations and statutory arrangements related to this Act are gradually coming into place, some of them at different speeds around the country. If you need to check what the benefits situation is in your own region and under your circumstances, it is complex to trace where things are up to.

Rather than updating the information here with every piece of supplementary legislation relating to this Act in every location (since the Act was passed in 2012, over 200 further pieces of legislation have affected it), local welfare rights services can provide useful information on the practical outcome of the legislation. An example is Newcastle’s website, which keeps track of changes that may affect entitlements.

It is also possible to check what currently applies to you using the Turn2Us website, or finding information about benefits at Direct.gov, and/or if necessary, phoning a charity with a specialist welfare helpline (e.g. the Contact a Family personalised benefits service) or attending a Citizens Advice or similar office locally.

Those who do not check now and again may find they have lost out on some benefits, or might be overpaid due to changes they were unaware of, causing difficulties when money is requested back from them (for example, this is happening to some people over Tax Credits at the moment).

Note: from this summer, couples in some parts of the UK can make a joint claim online for Universal Credit. “Your claim journey” is a general guide to claiming Universal Credit.

2014 No. 1562, The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Community Care) Regulations 2014 (England and Wales). From 7 July 2014, makes Community Care matters eligible for Legal Aid, where they are connected with clinical commissioning groups.

2014 No. 170, The Pharmaceutical Services (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014. Widens the range of people able to prescribe drugs and appliances to a: “doctor, a dentist, a chiropodist or podiatrist independent prescriber, an independent nurse prescriber, an optometrist independent prescriber, a pharmacist independent prescriber, a physiotherapist independent prescriber or a supplementary prescriber”, and defines who those are. From 18 July 2014.

2014 No. 1563, The Adoption Support Services (Amendment) Regulations 2014; 2014 No. 1556, The Adoption and Care Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2014; and 2014 No. 1492, The Adoption and Children Act Register Regulations 2014, all from 25 July 2014, put in place various regulations about adoption in England, registers and the provision of local information.

2014 No. 180, The Bus and Coach Passengers Rights and Obligations (Designation and Enforcement) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014, from 25 July 2014. These regulations concern the rights of passengers under (EU) No. 181/2011(c), 16 February 2011. They designate the Dept of the Environment as the regulator, and set exemption periods for transport providers and the training of drivers in relation to passengers with disabilities, lasting until 28 February 2017 and 28 February 2018.

2014 No. 165 (C. 12), The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (Commencement No. 2, Transitional and Transitory Provisions) Order 2014. Brings into force various sections of the Act from 1 August 2014, relating to proposals for school closures.

2014 No. 196, The Provision of Early Learning and Childcare (Specified Children) (Scotland) Order 2014, partly in force from 1 August 2014 and partly from 31 October 2014. Obliges education authorities to make a mandatory amount of early learning and childcare available for each eligible pre-school child in their areas. For most children, this applies from the first term after their 3rd birthday, though those who are 3 before the beginning of September 2014 can start at the beginning of the Autumn term. Some become eligible in the term following their 2nd birthday, in a similar way. Some children may cease to be eligible if their parents choose to defer their start date at school.

2014 No. 1652, The Special Educational Needs (Personal Budgets) Regulations 2014, from 1 September 2014. Sets out terms and conditions for receiving Personal Budgets and Direct Payments for children with an EHC (Education, Health and Care) Plan under Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014 (England). The Explanatory Notes athttp://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/1652/note/made provide a useful summary.

2014 No. 1603, The Requirements for School Food Regulations 2014. New nutritional standards for food and drink provided at maintained schools and pupil referral units in England, from 1 January 2015.

2014 No. 1705, The Local Authority (Duty to Secure Early Years Provision Free of Charge) (Amendment) Regulations 2014, from 1 September 2014 (England). Adjustments to the previous legislation to take account of the Children and Families Act 2014.

2014 No. 1714 (C.73), The Care Act 2013 (Commencement No.1) Order 2014 (England). Begins to bring into force provisions of the Care Act, on 7 July, 15 July and 1 October. More Commencement Orders will follow.

2014 No. 1766, The Further and Higher Education (Student Support)(Amendment) Regulations 2014, from 1 August 2014 (England). Adjusts which courses are eligible for further education loans and the income regulations in connection with these, as well as how many times students may remain eligible to repeat if they have not completed a course.