News – June 2015

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Our monthly roundup of news and legislation.

New NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines:

Vaccines
Revised recommendations for the administration of more than one live vaccine (which combinations should or should not be administered on the same day, or at an interval), (Public Health England).

Changes to government helpline numbers
The Disability Living Allowance (DLA) helpline number is now 0345 712 3456 and the Carer’s Allowance Unit number is 0345 608 4321.

Mental Health Act Code of Practice
A revised Mental Health Act code of practice is now in force, aiming to better protect patients and clarify roles, rights and responsibilities, (NHS Confederation).

DLA and Tax Credits
Contact a Family have pointed out that many parents whose children receive DLA are unaware that they may be entitled to extra child tax credit payments.

New address for ADDISS (ADHD Information Services): 
79 The Burroughs, Hendon, London  NW4 4AX.  Tel: 020 8952 2800.

Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP)
SNAP has a new website. It includes a series of video case studies about the impact of human rights assertion on individuals.

Legislation

2015 No. 1309 (W. 113), The National Curriculum (Moderation of Assessment Arrangements for the Second and Third Key Stages) (Wales) Order 2015.  From 1 September 2015, requires schools in Wales (other than special schools) to standardise teachers’ assessment of pupils’ attainments through membership of “cluster groups”.

The Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014 (Commencement No. 4 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2015, brings into force parts of the Act from 1 July and other parts from 1 September.  Those for September include provisions for the treatment of vulnerable witnesses, which will also be affected by the transitional arrangements in the meantime.

2015 No. 202, The Community Care (Provision of Residential Accommodation Outwith Scotland) (Scotland) Regulations 2015.  From 24 June 2015, regulates residential care provided for Scottish people in parts of the UK other than Scotland.

2015 No. 213, The All-Scotland Sheriff Court (Sheriff Personal Injury Court) Order 2015.  From 22 September 2015, provides for a single Court to deal with most Personal Injury cases in Scotland.

2015 No. 212, The Education (Student Support) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2015.  From 1 August 2015, amends the eligibility criteria for receiving student loans.

2015 No. 258, The Parking Places on Roads (Disabled Persons’ Vehicles) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2015.  From 17 June 2015, makes changes to the designated parking spaces.

2015 No. 1335 (W.126), The Care and Support (Care Planning) (Wales) Regulations 2015.  Further provision relating to Section 54 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act which will be in force from 6 April 2016.  This includes the training and expertise of those deal with care plans (for both cared-for and carers), the content of plans, and the review of plans.

2015 No. 244 (C. 34), The Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004 (Commencement  No. 8) Order 2015.  Brings section 10 of the Act (provisions to proceedings in the district court) into force from 1 July 2015.

2015 No. 1371, The Child Trust Funds (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2015.  From 1July 2015, widens the range of types of investment that can be associated with a Child Trust Fund, and changes the arrangements for managing accounts belonging to children aged over 16.

2015 No. 1379, The Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedule 5) Order 2015.  From 11 June 2015, the Scottish Parliament can regulate the description of motor vehicles and trailers which transport pupils and students to and from places where they receive education or training.

2015 No. 1362, The Universal Credit (Waiting Days) (Amendment) Regulations 2015.  From 3 August 2015, there will be a new 7-day waiting period for the start of universal credit, under certain circumstances.

2015 No. 254, The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2015.  From 11 June 2015.  Amended dates by which different public bodies must comply with duties under the Act.