News – July 2015

A stack of newspapersNHS Choice Framework 2015-16
Sets out the health service choices currently available to patients in England (including GP, specialist, hospital, maternity, personal health budgets, going to other countries.  Dept. of Health).

Tax-free childcare: 10 things parents should know
(Updated version July 2015.  HM Treasury and others.) From Autumn 2015 (phased dates), the narrower UK system of employer-supported childcare will only be available for those who are already part of such a scheme (the “Childcare Voucher Scheme”).  More details here and at Turn2Us. The new scheme also extends to self-employed parents. It requires prior self-assessment tax registration with HMRC.

DLA during hospital stays
A Supreme Court ruling has held that cessation of DLA payments, when a boy was in hospital for more than 84 days, was against his human rights. There is a follow-up petition at which could help to change this situation for others as well (Contact a Family).

Guidance on the Integrated Review
The Integrated Review at Age Two, due to start by September 2015 in England, is designed to bring together the current Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Progress Check at age two with the Healthy Child Programme (HCP) 2 – 2 ½ year health and development review, into an integrated process between early education and health practitioners.  One of the aims is to identify and support any developmental needs early. (Foundation Years).

Supported Internships
Advice on supported internships for young people with learning difficulties (England), (Dept for Education).


2015 No. 268, The Provision of Early Learning and Childcare (Specified Children) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2015
From 1 August 2015, amendments to the Provision of Early Learning and Childcare (Specified Children) (Scotland) Order 2014.  The effect of these is to entitle a wider range of pre-school children to an amount of early learning and childcare from the education authority.

2015 No. 269, The Education (School Lunches) (Scotland) Regulations 2015
From 1 August 2015, Broadens the categories of school / pre-school pupil entitled to free lunches.

2015 No. 1367 (W. 135), The Care and Support (Population Assessments) (Wales) Regulations 2015
From 6 April 2016, the regulations require local population assessment reports to be sent to Welsh Ministers, with details set out in section 14(1) of the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014. These include numbers of people needing care and support, such as parents of children with disabilities.

2015 No. 1411, The Social Fund (Budgeting Loans) (Applications and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2015
From 22 July 2015, adjustments to the method of applying for budgeting loans in the UK under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992.

2015 No. 1438 (C. 81), The Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Act 2015 (Commencement No. 1 and Transitory Provision) Regulations 2015
Already in force since 25 June, these regulations aim to strengthen and increase the consistency and sharing of information about individuals, and to reduce avoidable harm (in England).  Other regulations connected with the Act are expected to follow.

2015 No. 1418 (W. 142), The Cancellation of Student Loans for Living Costs Liability (Wales) Regulations 2015
From 1 August 2015, these regulations govern the student loan liability of students who receive loans for living costs from the Welsh Ministers in respect of the academic year 2015/2016.