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News – February 2016

Our monthly roundup of news relevant to families of children with brain conditions.

New NICE guideline QS107
A new quality standard covering preventing unintentional injury in under 15s.


2016 No.48 (W.20), The Cancellation of Student Loans for Living Costs Liability (Wales) Regulations 2016
From 1 August 2016, circumstances where part of a loan liability can be cancelled.

2016 No. 44, The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (Relevant Services in relation to Children at Risk of Becoming Looked After etc.) Order 2016
From 31 August 2016, definitions, services and information.

2016 No. 21, The Education (Student Support) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016
From 29 February 2016, small changes to the arrangements for students’ financial support.

2016 No. 45, The Secure Accommodation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2016
From 1 February 2016, further regulations about the detention of children.

2016 asp 3, Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Act 2016
Mostly from January 2016, description of the offence and penalties.

News – December 2015

A stack of newspapersOur monthly roundup of news and legislation relevant to families who have children with neurological conditions.

New guidelines by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on Children’s attachment: attachment in children and young people who are adopted from care, in care or at high risk of going into care, [NG26] (Applies up to age 18).


2015 No. 1823 (W. 265), The Visits to Children in Detention (Wales) Regulations 2015
From 6 April 2016, the regulations relate to visits by local authorities.

2015 No. 370, The Victim Charter (Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2015) Order (Northern Ireland) 2015
Sets out requirements for the support of victims of crime, from 13 November 2015.

2015 No. 406 (C. 51), The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (Commencement No. 10 and Saving Provision) Order 2015
The Act is a major piece of legislation.  From 5 January 2016, brings into force sections of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (“the 2014 Act”).  It includes, where a child is in secure accommodation, the previous 1995 Act will continue to apply if a decision about detaining them is taken before 1 February 2016.  Provisions about named persons for children and children’s plans start to come into effect from 5 January 2016.  Section 96, relating to assessment of wellbeing, is planned to be completely in force by 5 January 2014, and other sections on kinship care and adoption by 1 April 2016.

News – November 2015

A stack of newspapersOur monthly roundup of news and legislation relevant to families who have children with neurological conditions.

Ambitious Colleges
Ambitious About Autism plan to open two more college facilities for young people with autism, from Summer 2016 in Tottenham and from September 2017 in Isleworth, London. (Ambitious College).

Epilepsy Passport
A downloadable template Epilepsy Passport has been developed by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. This is a record that families can use for emergency healthcare visits and other situations.

Autism Diagnosis Crisis
The National Autistic Society invites people to join their campaign for earlier diagnosis of autism.

Victims of Crime
A new Code of Practice for Victims of Crime has been published.  It includes various provisions for victims with disabilities, (Ministry of Justice.  Applies to England and Wales).

New NICE guidance: 
Quality standards on Challenging behaviour in learning disabilities; and Bipolar disorder, psychosis and schizophrenia in children and young people, (National Institute of Health and Care Excellence).

A quick guide to immunisations for the parents of premature babies, (NHS). Updated to reflect this year’s changes to the schedule.

“Supporting the Attainment of Disadvantaged Pupils”
A new report by the Dept for Education describing what has worked in selected schools around the country.


2015 asp 11, British Sign Language (Scotland) Act 2015
Prepares for the preparation and publication of plans in relation to British Sign Language by certain national organisations.

2015 No. 1754, The Universal Credit and Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2015
From dates between November 2015 and April 2016, a number of adjustments to the rules for receiving Universal Credit.

2015 No. 1778 (C. 108), The Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 (Commencement No. 3 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2015
From 26 October, means that 17-year-olds who are interviewed or detained by police must now be treated as under-17s in some ways (such as forms of assistance, and care from the local authority).

2015 No. 1776, The National Health Service (Exemptions from Charges, Payments and Remission of Charges) (Amendment and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2015
Changes the rules for entitlement to reimbursement of NHS-related costs (optical, travel etc.). Families can still claim under the old rules for charges incurred up to 31 October 2015.


Local area SEND consultation
About inspections of local areas’ effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people who are disabled and have special educational needs. There are separate versions for adults and children to respond to.
Closing date: 4 January 2016 (applies to England. Ofsted, with the Care Quality Commission).

News – October 2015

Our monthly roundup of news and legislation relevant to families who have children with neurological conditions.

Summer-born children ‘to get the right to start school later’A stack of newspapers
The Schools Minister, Nick Gibb has written to schools urging them to allow summer-born children (i.e. born after March 31) to start in reception class at age 5 if parents wish, and to stay with the same age-group as this as they move through the school, (England, Dept for Education).  This comes ahead of proposed legislation to the same effect.

NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare
The 2015 NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare has been published for all the regions of England.  Analysis by local authority area, clinical network or clinical commissioning group (Public Health England).  Also includes a small section on education.

Embracing Progress, online photography competition on a theme of disability
Categories are: Ambition; Independence; People; and Work / Education.  Entry classes are:  age 17 and under; and age 18 and over.  Closing date:  22 November 2015, (Irwin Mitchell Solicitors).

Disability Research Centre
A new Disability Research Centre is to be launched at Goldsmith’s College, London, on 12 November 2015.  It is free to attend the launch but pre-registration is required.


The Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland (Practice and Procedure) (No. 2) Amendment Rules 2015 (2015 No. 334)
From 16 November 2015, changes to the rules for appealing against involuntary detention for mental health reasons in hospitals, including non-state hospitals.

The National Health Service (Payments and Remission of Charges) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2015 (2015 No. 333)
From 1 November 2015,changes to the eligibility criteria for help with costs of travel to hospitals and optical charges.

2015 No. 329 (C. 28), The Pensions (2015 Act) (Commencement No. 2) Order (Northern Ireland) 2015
Regulations covering the application of new State Pension rules to Northern Ireland.  Some changes are already in force, others are planned to be by 6 April 2016.  They include a facility to top up the pension by paying Class 3A contributions, which may apply to some carers.  Please see also the note on 2015 No. 1670 (C. 95) for other parts of the UK, reported last month.

2015 No. 1687 (W. 219) (C. 98), The Qualifications Wales Act 2015 (Commencement No. 2 and Transitional and Saving Provisions) Order 2015
From 21 September 2015, completes the installation of Qualifications Wales as the regulator for general and vocational qualifications.  More details about changes to the Welsh Baccalaureate, GCSEs, AS and A level qualifications, vocational qualifications and essential skills qualifications:  http://qualificationswales.org/.

2015 No. 333 (C. 29) The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Commencement No. 11) Order (Northern Ireland) 2015
Paves the way for regulations about disability access to taxis, including while remaining in a wheelchair.

News – August 2015

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Our monthly round up of news and legislation of interest to our members.

Children’s Health Services
From October 2015 in England, public health services for children aged 0-5 years are planned to transfer from the NHS to local authorities, including health visitor checks etc. Information relating to the transfer can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/transfer-of-0-5-childrens-public-health-commissioning-to-local-authorities (Dept of Health and Public Health England).

Moving from an SEN Statement to an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan
For children in England who are due to be transferring from an existing Statement of SEN to an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan from 1 September 2015 onwards, local authorities have been granted more time to put them in place (from 16 weeks to 20 weeks). A network of central government funded Independent Support (IS) agencies can already assist families with the new plans, giving up to 8 hours of free support. This includes families who are moving to England from other parts of the UK. The agencies are listed at: http://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/what-we-do/our-networks/independent-support/find-my-independent-support-provider (Council for Disabled Children).

Friends and Family Test
New guidance on access to the Friends and Family Test, a questionnaire given to people receiving health services in England about their experience of the services. It recommends ways to ensure that vulnerable people, including children and those with learning disabilities, can be helped to understand the questions and give their feedback, http://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/fft-guidance-160615.pdf.

Contents of the summer budget 2015
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/summer-budget-2015-key-announcements (H.M. Treasury).


Legislation can be found in full at: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/.

2015 No. 1512, The Child Benefit (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2015
From 31 August 2015, to add the “United Youth Pilot” (Northern Ireland) to the list of approved training for Child Benefit purposes, and to remove types of training that are no longer offered.

2015 No. 1510 (L. 19), The Tribunal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2015
From 21 August 2015, to update a variety of rules for first and second tier tribunals, some of which are relevant to children with special needs in different parts of the UK.

2015 No. 286, The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002 Amendment Order 2015
From 16 July 2015, places ILF Scotland (the Scottish Independent Living Fund) among the organisations that can be investigated by the Public Services Ombudsman.

2015 No. 1563, The First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal (Chambers) (Amendment) Order 2015
From 1 October 2015, widens the range of matters that the Tribunals can deal with, including childcare payments appeals.

2015 No. 1562, The Childcare (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2015
Mostly in force from 1 January 2016, and the remaining part from 1 September 2015. The amendments affect the premises where childcare is provided; the certificates of registration for providers; and fees in connection with registration [applies to England].

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 http://campaign.cafamily.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1918&ea.campaign.id=36939&ea.tracking.id=CaFWeb 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.

News – June 2015

A stack of newspapers

Our monthly roundup of news and legislation.

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

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.


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.

News – April 2015

A stack of newspapersEducation

Revised SEND Code of Practice
The Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice (England) has been revised with updated sections on support for children and young people in youth custody, (from 1 April 2015).

Implementing the 0 to 25 special needs system: further education
The 0-25 SEND guidance for Further Education has also been updated.

SEND: guide for parents and carers
Updated guide on the support system for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND). (Dept for Education).


Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT), Centre for Wales
The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust has opened a new centre in Llanelli, Wales. It is for those who have lost skills following an accident, stroke, assault or illness, which does not have to have been recent.  People admitted will normally be aged 18 or above.

Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) Programme
IPC is a new approach to providing health and social care services for complex needs, putting the choices and administration of the care more into the hands of user families and individuals.  It is currently being tested in a selection of pilot areas.  (NHS England).

The daily jobseeker
Tips for those looking for work, (Dept for Work and Pensions).

Specialist Employability Support
A new Specialist Employability Support (SES) programme, for people with disabilities who need extra support to be able to work, is to be run through nine existing residential training colleges:  the Shaw Trust; Remploy; Kennedy Scott; Steps to Employment (St Loyes, Enham and Portland Colleges); the Royal National College for the Blind; and the Doncaster Deaf Trust. (Dept for Work and Pensions).

Health and care

Depression in children and young people
Updated NICE guidance, CG28.

Mental Health Act
Updated reference guide to help understand the Mental Health Act 1983, (Dept of Health).

Mental health and behaviour in schools
Guidance for identifying and supporting school pupils who may have unmet mental health needs (England), (Dept for Education).


Factsheets for households claiming Universal Credit, and tips on budgeting:

Shared Parental Leave
Guidance for employers on implementing shared parental leave and pay, (Dept for Business, Innovation and Skills).

Updated guidance documents about Personal Independence Payments, March 2015, (Dept for Work and Pensions).


2015 No. 838, The Legal Aid, Community Legal Service and Criminal Defence Service Amendment) Regulations 2015.  Coming into force between 24 March and 24 April 2015, various Direct Payments made (for example to parents in connection with a child’s EHC Plan) will not be included in calculations to determine whether they are eligible for Legal Aid and various other legal payments (applies to England and Wales).

Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Act 2015, to make provision about safety of services; integration and sharing of information relating to users of health and social care services in England; professional regulation; and other matters.  Parts of the Act will be brought into force using further legislation in different parts of the UK.

Consumer Rights Act 2015.  Includes:  consumer contracts for goods, digital content and services; unfair terms; letting; a student complaints scheme; and various other matters.

2015 No. 876, The Child Trust Funds (Amendment No. 2) Regulations2015.  From 6 April 2015, these regulations enable money in Child Trust Funds to be moved to Junior Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) with the same or other providers.  The “lifestyling” period for a stakeholder account must now begin with the child’s 15th birthday (instead of the 13th birthday).

2015 No. 993 (C. 68), The Care Act 2014 (Commencement No. 4) Order 2015 (England and Wales), means that some of the provisions of the Act are in force from 1 April 2015.

2015 No. 914, The Care Act 2014 and Children and Families Act 2014 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2015.  Made mainly to allow existing social care legislation to continue in place in Wales while it changes in England.

2015 No. 779 (W. 62), The Use of Invalid Carriages on Highways (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2015.  From 9 April 2015, these regulations describe equipment (e.g. medical equipment) that may be carried, in relation to the total weight, which the user needs.

2015 No. 995, The Care Act 2014 (Transitional Provision) Order 2015 (England).  As Section 1 of the Care Act 2014 comes into force, it will alter the conditions for some people who are already in receipt of social care services.  This Order puts transitional provisions in place to cater for that group.

2015 Nos. 86-105, 146, 150.  In connection with The Work and Families Act (Northern Ireland) 2015, provisions allowing parents or adoptive parents of children born or adopted after 5 April 2015 to share their parental leave, and other measures.

2015 No. 127 (C. 8), The Education (1998 Order) (Commencement No. 7) Order (Northern Ireland) 2015.

From 6 March 2015, brings into operation part of the 1998 Education Order which means that the Department of Education must approve school courses leading to external qualifications for pupils who have reached the upper limit of compulsory school age.

2015 No. 185, The Employment and Support Allowance (Repeat Assessments and Pending Appeal Awards) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015.  In operation from 30 March 2015, also covers some outstanding claims made before 30 March.

2015 No. 154, The Community Care (Personal Care and Nursing Care) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2015.  From 1 April 2015, these regulations introduce charges for care, above certain thresholds, as health and social care are more closely combined.  Related legislation 2015 No. 157, The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 (Consequential Modifications and Saving) Order 2015 arranges for Integrated Joint Boards for health and social care, and interim arrangements up to a deadline of 1 April 2016.

2015 No. 158, The Continuing Care (Scotland) Order 2015, from 1 April 2015, also 2015 No. 156, The Aftercare (Eligible Needs) (Scotland) Order 2015, make provision for continuing care for children and young people who cease to be looked after by a local authority.

News – March 2015

A stack of newspapersNHS Specialised Services
New guidance has been published in England on developing a more collaborative approach to providing specialised services, across geographical and service boundaries. These include some services related to neurological conditions. The process is called “co-commissioning” or “collaborative commissioning”. More details: http://www.actionduchenne.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Specialised-services-collaborative-commissioning-guidance-NHS-ENGLAND.pdf and http://www.england.nhs.uk/commissioning/spec-services/key-docs/ (NHS England). The principles for investing in specialised services by the NHS are currently under consultation, https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/investing-in-specialised-commissioning/supporting_documents/invspecservconslt.pdf.

New welfare benefit rates from April 2015 to April 2016
The page also links to information about allowances, tax and National Insurance. At the time of writing these are “proposed” rates, and if there are any changes by April these should be updated on the Dept for Work and Pensions and HMRC websites that are also linked there. (Disability Rights UK)

Benefits in Scotland
Over the year, Scotland may see welfare benefit changes that diverge from the rest of the UK. (Scottish Office).

Take part in research: Life Study
“Life Study” is inviting participation by pregnant mothers and parents of babies up to the age of six months. The study will track the wellbeing of a very large number of parents and their babies from around the country as they grow up. (University College London).

Public Health Services
From 1 October 2015, it is planned that local authorities in England will take over (from the NHS) planning and paying for public health services for babies and children up to 5 years old. (Public Health England).

Epilepsy medication
Sodium valproate and related medicines for girls and women with epilepsy: new guidelines, (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency).

New NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines: 
NG7, maintaining a healthy weight; NG6, health risks associated with cold homes;
NG5, the safe and effective use of medicines;
CG28, depression in children and young people;
NG1, Gastro-Oesophagal Reflux Disease in children and young people.

Disability Scooters
Disability mobility scooter users aged 14 or over, in England or Scotland, can now carry with them a greater weight of up to 200Kg on their scooter.  This is designed to allow for carriage of medical equipment as well as other items.  More details:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mobility-scooters-and-powered-wheelchairs-on-the-road-some-guidance-for-users (Dept for Transport). Guidance has also been updated, for users of scooters and powered wheelchairs on the road, at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mobility-scooters-and-powered-wheelchairs-on-the-road-some-guidance-for-users.


2015 No. 574, The Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seat Belts) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015
From 1st April 2015, amends the list of seat belts / child restraint systems that may be used in motor vehicles, to correspond with an EC / UN Directive.

2015 No. 393, The Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Non-Interoperable Rail System) (London Underground Northern Line 95TS Vehicles) Exemption Order 2015
From 27th March 2015, some vehicles and stations on the Northern Line will not have to abide by disability provisions that will apply elsewhere.

2015 No. 130, The Health Services (Cross-Border Health Care) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015
From 27 March 2015, makes the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety  the contact point for information about prescriptions intended to be used elsewhere in the EU, and sets out what information must be included.

Care legislation

2015 No. 305, The Care and Support (Children’s Carers) Regulations 2015
Regulations in connection with section 62(1) of the Care Act 2014, applying to local authorities meeting carers’ support needs, in force immediately after that section of the Act.

2015 No. 548 (L. 6), Court of Protection (Amendment) Rules 2015
Changes to the procedures for making decisions relating to mental capacity.  Some rules begin on 6 April 2015, and others on 1 July 2015 (Applies to England and Wales).

2015 No. 527, The Young Carers (Needs Assessments) Regulations 2015
From 1 April 2015, sets out how local authorities in England must recognise and assess the needs of young carers in their areas.

2015 No. 643, The Care Act 2014 (Consequential Amendments) (Secondary Legislation) Order 2015
Separates the law for carers between England and Wales.  2015 No. 642, The Care and Support (Isles of Scilly) Order 2015 places the Isles of Scilly with England.

Education legislation

2015 No. 54 (W. 5), The Education (Student Support) (Wales) Regulations 2015
Details of government financial support available for students ordinarily resident in Wales taking various higher education courses starting on or after 1 September 2015.

2015 No. 359, The Special Educational Needs and Disability (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (from 23 March 2015) and 2015 No. 358, The Special Educational Needs and Disability (First-tier Tribunal Recommendation Power) (Pilot) Regulations 2015 (from 1 April 2015)
Various amendments to the administration of EHC Plans (in all areas of England) and to Tribunal regulations (in certain pilot areas).

2015 No. 505, The Children and Families Act 2014 (Transitional and Saving Provisions) (Amendment) Order 2015
From 1 April 2015, sets out how Education, Health and Care Plans must replace Statements of SEN for eligible young people with a home LEA in England who are in detention, upon their release.

Financial legislation

2015 No. 345, The Universal Credit (Surpluses and Self-employed Losses) (Digital Service) Amendment Regulations 2015. 
From 6 April 2016, changes to some of the ways in which Universal Credit is calculated.

2015 No. 338, The Child Support (Miscellaneous and Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2015
Amends ways in which under- or over- payments are corrected, and other matters.  Comes into force from 23 March 2015 onwards in conjunction with Section 1 of the Childcare Payments Act 2014.

2015 No. 522, The Childcare Payments Regulations 2015
From 1 June 2015, arrangements for the financial administration of childcare payments by and for families, including which types of childcare providers come under the scheme.

2015 No. 437, The Employment and Support Allowance (Repeat Assessments and Pending Appeal Awards) (Amendment) Regulations 2015
From 30 March 2015, sets out circumstances under which an ESA claimant can be treated as having limited capability for work until an assessment has been done, and related matters.

2015 No. 417, The National Health Service (Charges, Payments and Remission of Charges) (Uprating, Miscellaneous Amendments andTransitional Provision) Regulations 2015
From 1 April 2015, allows some people to be reimbursed for travel expenses to some types of NHS appointment without having to make a claim, and to be exempt from some dental and ophthalmic charges (applies to England).

2015 No. 537, The Childcare Payments Act 2014 (Amendment) Regulations 2015
From 1 June 2015, an increase in the maximum for disabled children (under the Childcare Payments Act 2014 (c. 28), involving a scheme for supporting childcare through “top-up payments” to parents and others in order to enable them to work).

2015 No. 578, The Employment Allowance (Care and Support Workers) Regulations 2015
From 6 April 2015, ensures that under the National Insurance Contributions Act 2014, families employing carers in respect of disability etc. will be able to pay £2,000 a year less for the workers’ NI (“employment allowance relief”).  More details:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-insurance-contributions-employment-allowance-extension-to-personal-carers

2015 No. 669, The Tax Credits (Claims and Notifications) (Amendment) Regulations 2015
From 6 April 2015, alterations to the backdating provisions for claiming Tax Credits.

2015 No. 138, The Jobseeker’s Allowance (Extended Period of Sickness) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015
From 30 March 2015, allows continuity for certain JSA claimants in periods of sickness of more than 2 weeks but less than 13 weeks in a 12-month period.

News – February 2015

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Personal Independence Payments
Revised timetable for PIP (Personal Independence Payment) to replace DLA (Disability Living Allowance) around the country (for age 16+), (Dept for Work and Pensions).

New version of the Code of Practice for the Mental Health Act 1983
This reflects some significant changes in the law since the last version in 2008.  It aims to provide stronger protection for patients and clarify rights, roles and responsibilities, (Dept of Health).

Mental Health in Children and Young People
Model specification for transitions from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to adult mental health or other services. Guidance on what needs to be put in place and how, http://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/mod-transt-camhs-spec.pdf (NHS England).  Includes standards for young people’s and parents’ participation and information that should be given.  NHS England have also published guidance on choice and legal rights in mental health care, http://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/qual-clin-lead/pe/bp/guidance/.  The Royal College of Psychiatrists have published guidance on when children and young people should be seen by a psychiatrist,http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mediacentre/pressreleases2015/childadolescentguidelines.aspx.


2015 No. 32 (C. 3), The Welfare Reform Act 2012 (Commencement No. 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17 and 19 and Transitional and Transitory Provisions (Amendment)) Order 2015. Further amendments to the Welfare Reform Act including two that will allow claimants of Universal Credit to use an account from a Credit Union, mainly from 6 April 2015.

2015 No. 13, The Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2015. From 26 January 2015, allows for Assistance By Way of Representation (“ABWOR”) to be available in relation to the determination, at a pre-hearing panel meeting or at a children’s hearing, of whether a person should be deemed to be a “relevant person” under section 81 of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011.

2015 No. 21, The Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 (Rules of Procedure in Children’s Hearings) Amendment Rules 2015. From 26 January 2015, applies to some of the procedures followed at children’s hearings, and some of the information provided for them.

2015 No. 46, The Social Security (Information-sharing in relation to Welfare Services etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2015. From 13 February 2015, allows information to be shared between the Secretary of State, local authorities, citizens advice bureaux, credit unions, social landlords and relevant registered charities (in England, Wales or Scotland), for specified purposes.
2015 No. 62, The Special Educational Needs and Disability (Detained Persons) Regulations 2015.  From 1 April 2015, related to children and young people in custody who may need an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan.  The “Appropriate Persons” to make decisions about the process would normally be their parents or the young people themselves, but there are alternative arrangements when they are unable to do this (applies to England).

2015 No. 23/24, The Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seat Belts by Children in Front Seats) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 / The Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seat Belts) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015. From  20 April 2015, new rules about types of seat belt / restraint suitable for children.  The rules implement European Directive 2014/37/EC (OJ No L 59 28.2.2014, p32), http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:32014L0037&from=en.

2015 No. 34, The Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015. From 23 February 2015, various changes to regulations governing welfare benefits in Northern Ireland, among them one to Parents’ Learning Allowance so that it is disregarded when calculating Housing Benefit, bringing it into alignment with other income-related benefits (more details about Parents’ Learning Allowance, https://www.gov.uk/parents-learning-allowance/overview).

2015 No. 33, The Parking Places on Roads (Disabled Persons’ Vehicles) Order (Northern Ireland) 2015.  From 23 February 2015, a large number of small amendments to where and when vehicles can park throughout Northern Ireland.

2015 No. 35 (C. 4), The Education (2014 Act) (Commencement No.1) Order (Northern Ireland) 2015. Dissolves the Education and Library Boards from 4 February 2015, under the Education Act (Northern Ireland) 2014.  The five Boards are being replaced by a single Education Authority, culminating on 1 April 2015.

2015 No. 139, The National Health Service (Cross-Border Healthcare) (Amendment) Regulations 2015. From 27 March 2015, lists the elements of information that must be included in a medical prescription issued in England or Wales, in order for it to be used in another EU Member State.