12/10/2017 – Today’s Wills & Probate announces new partnership
Well-known specialist firm, Professional Deputies has become the latest company to partner with Today’s Wills & Probate.
Read more: https://www.todayswillsandprobate.co.uk

30/09/2017 – Lawyer Monthly Thought Leader Invitation: Andy Riddle
Thought Leader is a series of interviews with trusted experts. Thought leaders are the informed opinion leaders and the go-to people in their area of expertise. They are well trusted and reliable sources who move and inspire people and organisations with innovative ideas; turn ideas into reality, and know and show how to replicate their success.
Read more: https://www.lawyer-monthly.com

28/09/2017 – Deputyship company makes key appointment
An affair management company for vulnerable adults has recently appointed a new Client Financial Affairs Manager.
Read more: https://www.todayswillsandprobate.co.uk

15/09/2017 – The Society of Will Writers annual conference
The 21st annual conference held by the Society of Will Writers will this year focus on vulnerable clients – a topic very close to the heart of Professional Deputies.
Read more: https://www.willwriters.com

30/08/2017 – Anger over Alzheimer’s man’s ‘unnecessary’ Sky billbr /> A man with Alzheimer's has been paying hundreds of pounds a month for "unnecessary" utilities and services, his niece has claimed.
Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk

15/08/2017 – Warning over power of attorney risks
A retired senior judge has warned of the lack of safeguards in the power of attorney system in England and Wales.
Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk

04/08/2017 – CoPPA National Conference
Putting ‘P’ at the heart of the Court of Protection.
Read more: https://www.coppagroup.org

18/07/2017 – Financial technology and mental health
People with mental health problems are three times as likely to be in financial difficulty. As well as affecting our income, mental health problems can make it harder to manage money, control spending and stay on top of bills and financial management.
Read more: http://www.moneyandmentalhealth.org

17/07/2017 – Lawyers are ‘overcharging’ for Lasting Power of Attorney applications
Legal costs in applying for lasting power of attorney provisions are prohibitive for many elderly and vulnerable clients, the profession’s watchdog has found.
Read more: https://www.thetimesbrief.co.uk

03/07/2017 – Way is now open to published price lists for legal services
Legal regulators have published action plans describing how they will respond to the Competition and Markets Authority's (CMA) recent study of the legal services market, which demanded greater transparency for consumers, including published price lists.
Read more: http://www.step.org

02/07/2017 - Housesharing, over-60s style: a £1.25m property and powers of attorney all round
As our population ages, increasing numbers of older people are living alone and feeling cut off from society. One group of 60-something women is determined not to suffer the same fate. The five women, who are all single and met through a “co-housing” website, have decided to buy a house together and live communally into old age.
Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk

30/06/2017 – Why are Lasting Powers of Attorney important for carers?
This month Giles Meyers, Interim CEO at Carers Trust, discusses the importance of LPAs for carers.
Read more: https://publicguardian.blog.gov.uk

05/06/2017 – Real life cases highlight social care crisis
The impact of the growing cost of social care has been highlighted through the real life stories of retirees.
Read more: https://www.todayswillsandprobate.co.uk

25/05/2017 – Only 5% of Brits prepared for mental capacity issues
Recent research has indicated that only 5% of the population have capacity related preparations in place.
Read more: https://www.todayswillsandprobate.co.uk


23/05/2017 – How shops take advantage of vulnerable Brits to push expensive credit
Pushy sales tactics are causing real harm to vulnerable shoppers - this is what they're doing and the real cost to struggling Britons.
Read more: http://www.mirror.co.uk

05/05/2017 – Access and disclosure of an incapacitated person’s Will
It always used to be the rule that solicitors could not show the Will of an incapacitated person to their Attorney. This led to many situations where the Attorney took action in good faith that cut across the clearly expressed wishes of the Donor.
Read more: http://www.lexology.com

23/04/2017 - May axes plan for rise in death tax: Plans for probate fees to rocket up to £20k dropped as they cannot be pushed through before the election
Plans to levy fees of thousands of pounds on grieving families were axed last night.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk

19/04/2017 - Tech can help drive positive risk-taking in adult social care
A digital revolution is at hand for adult social care – making it happen means using information intelligently, argues Helen Sunderland.
Read more: http://www.communitycare.co.uk

05/04/2017 – Mental Health Charity backs crackdown on subscription retailers who ‘trap’ vulnerable consumers
Ahead of the Government’s planned crackdown on subscription retailers in their consumer green paper, figures released by the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute have revealed for the first time the impact on the most vulnerable consumers.
Read more: http://www.moneyandmentalhealth.org

21/03/2017 – Mum ‘fleeced brain damaged son out of £400,000 of his £1.8million car crash compensation to splash on caravan holidays and handouts to his siblings’
Teresa Wright, 44, allegedly splurged the money on a £100,000 caravan and weekends away, as well as giving cash handouts to her other children.
Read more: https://www.thesun.co.uk

06/03/2017 - Delayed MoJ survey finds vulnerable ‘face multiple legal problems’
Vulnerable people - those living with a disability, as lone parents or on less than £15,000 a year - are more likely to experience multiple legal problems than others, according to a major government study slipped into the public domain a year late.
Read more: https://www.lawgazette.co.uk

3/03/2017 – Public Guardian practice note: acting as a professional attorney
This practice note sets out the Public Guardian’s guidance to fee-paid professionals who agree to be appointed as an attorney under a lasting power of attorney (LPA).
Read more: https://www.gov.uk

22/02/2017 – What social workers need to know about mate crime
Advice and information on what mate crime is and how social workers can identify it.
Read more: http://www.communitycare.co.uk

01/02/2017 – Lasting Power of Attorney fees due to decrease
Fees for registering a Lasting Power of Attorney are due to decrease after 1st April 2017.
Read more: http://www.legislation.gov.uk

24/01/2017 – Banks face mental health challengebr /> Banks must offer basic account options, as given to other vulnerable people, to assist those struggling with mental health conditions, a think tank says.
Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38722210

20/01/2017 – Council plans to charge self-funding adults for care assessments
Northamptonshire Council is considering £50 assessment fee for adults who need to pay for their care.
Read more: http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2017/01/20/council-plans-charge-self-funding-adults-care-assessment/

18/01/2017 – Nationwide problem with disabled children accessing their child trust fund
New survey shows 87% of families believe that their disabled child won't be able to access money held within their Child Trust Fund once they reach the age of 18.
Read more: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/nationwide-problem-disabled-children-accessing-080000246.html

03/01/2017 – The ‘Shopper Stopper’ launches
Mental Health Charity launches free tool to curb online shopping as half of us admit we make purchases we regret, which most never send back.
Read more: http://www.moneyandmentalhealth.org

15/12/2016 – Government sets out social care funding plans
Communities secretary claims changes will generate nearly £900m extra for services over next two years.
Read more: http://www.communitycare.co.uk

14/12/2016 – Power of Attorney guidelines catch out advisers
Many advisers face running into compliance problems because they are unaware a client’s lasting power of attorney should have explicit permission to outsource investment decisions, experts have warned.
Read more: https://www.ftadviser.com

28/11/2016 – Half of carers ‘at risk’ by being trusted with someone’s PIN
Over half of Britain's 7 million unpaid carers know the bank card PINs of the person they are looking after, a study has revealed, as banks come under pressure to give them "limited powers of attorney".
Read more: hhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk

25/11/2016 – Financial abuse rockets as more power of attorneys challenged by courts
Record numbers of people trusted to look after the finances of those lacking the mental capacity to do so are being struck off by the authorities.
Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk

15/11/2016 – Powers of attorney take off as dementia becomes Britain’s biggest killer
There has been a huge rise in the number of lasting powers of attorney set up, new figures show, as dementia and Alzheimer’s become the biggest cause of death for the first time.
Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk

01/11/2016 – nTouch – the newsletter for deputies from the Office of the Public Guardian
The autumn 2016 edition of InTouch contains a range of interesting articles for deputies.
Read more: https://www.gov.uk

28/10/2016 – Death, divorce and dementia
The three Ds – death, divorce and dementia – are things none of us want to think about. Yet if you’re reading this you’re likely old enough to know life isn’t always happy and hassle-free.
Read more: https://inews.co.uk

27/10/2016 – Solicitor penalised for using expired power of attorney
A Leeds solicitor has been fined for using a power of attorney to withdraw money from a client's bank account after her death, though he acted with the consent of her sole beneficiary.
Read more: http://www.step.org

03/10/2016 - Society of Will Writers Annual Conference 2016
As well as presenting at The Society of Will Writers annual conference this year, to be held on the 10th & 11th October at The Abbey Hotel, Golf & Country Club, Redditch, we will also be exhibiting. This should be a great opportunity to promote the Professional Deputies brand within the Will Writing sector - a sector with which we work very closely with.
Read more: http://www.willwriters.com

2/09/2016 – How family group conferences can improve outcomes in adult carebr /> Family group conferences for adults have been a quiet phenomenon, but are now being put to diverse use across the UK
Read more: http://www.communitycare.co.uk

30/08/2016 – Judge criticises failure to support woman to see her dog in care home
Man appointed to manage woman’s financial affairs considering appeal after judge removed him from case for failure to act in her best interests
Read more: http://www.communitycare.co.uk

08/08/2016 – Solicitors for the Elderly board member answers query on the role of an attorney when looking to sell donors’ home
I have Power of Attorney for my mum who is 95 and in a care home. Is it OK for me to sell her house as the tenants renting it have given notice?
Read more: http://www.thisismoney.co.uk

02/07/2016 – Five key steps to assessing capacity
Improve your capacity assessments with Community Care Inform Adults’ new mental capacity and deprivation of liberty practice hub.
Read more: http://www.communitycare.co.uk

30/06/2016 – Vulnerable hit ‘disproportionately’ by UK austerity measures, UN warns
A report by the UN's economic, social and cultural rights committee called on the government to reviews its policies and reverse welfare cuts.
Read more: http://www.communitycare.co.uk

07/06/2016 – Law Society publishes new practice note on Lasting Powers of Attorney
The practice note provides an overview of LPAs and also covers the ongoing arrangements for enduring powers of attorney (EPA).
Read more: http://www.lawsociety.org.uk

02/06/2016 – Care Act failing as councils cut spending, warns disability charity
A charity has claimed that the Care Act has failed after revealing that council spending on support for disabled people and carers fell in the first year after implementation.
Read more: hhttp://www.publicfinance.co.uk

01/06/2016 – Fraudsters face prison for targeting vulnerable people with funeral ‘con’
Two fraudsters convicted of “conning” trusting people who had bought funeral plans and other services from them have been warned that they face jail.
Read more: http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk

17/05/2016 – How financial firms are turning power of attorney into a nightmare
1.2 million Britons have been appointed an attorney by a relative or friend. They can take control of their finances should something happen to them. But the system is collapsing under a huge weight of demand as families rush to sign up.
Read more: http://www.thisismoney.co.uk

28/04/2016 – Professional Deputies welcomes new staff memberbr /> Professional Deputies are proud to announce the arrival of Paul O’Brien as our new Client Financial Affairs Manager. Paul brings a wealth of experience with him, and we look forward to welcoming him aboard officially on May 16th.
Read more: Professional Deputies Staff Page

26/04/2016 – Rise in care homes going out of business
Research by accountancy firm Moore Stephens shows steady increase in number of care home providers entering insolvency.
Read more: http://www.communitycare.co.uk

05/04/2016 – Fixed-fee firms offering cheaper service, LSB finds
Law firms setting fixed fees and publishing them online are likely to be cheaper than their competitors, research for the oversight regulator has found.
Read more: http://www.lawgazette.co.uk

22/03/2016 – Care Act information gaps preventing timely assessment of needs, finds research
Independent Age research finds councils failing to meet Care Act requirements on information and advice and top-up agreements.
Read more: http://www.communitycare.co.uk

17/03/2016 – The financial cost of cancer
Lynda Thomas, chief executive at Macmillan Cancer Support, shares her thoughts on the financial impact of cancer and why the charity is launching a guide for the banking industry to help their most vulnerable customers.
Read more: http://www.thelondoneconomic.com

06/03/2016 – UK Government launches 2020 plan for dementia research, care and diagnosis
The UK Government has published its plans for tackling dementia over the next Parliament, with a blueprint that will see it aim to boost dementia diagnosis rates, encourage research and make the UK the most dementia friendly society in the world by 2020.
Read more: http://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org

19/02/2016 – Power of Attorney: complaints soar as banks and other firms bungle
Staff at banks and other financial institutions are making it difficult for people who operate accounts on behalf of elderly parents or other family members, according to the latest snapshot of complaints.
Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk

18/02/2016 – New OPG guidance on client accounts
Solicitors have been reminded to use client accounts for those lacking mental capacity ‘in the best interests’ of the people concerned, in a new practice note.
Read more: http://www.lawgazette.co.uk

14/02/2016 – Councils ‘needlesssly’ forcing elderly to sell homes to pay for care
Councils are failing to tell families of arrangements whereby they can keep their homes and go into care.
Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk

01/02/2016 – NHS and social care must not play the blame game on delayed discharges
Only by focusing on the needs of patients and carers can we end long, damaging waits in hospital.
Read more: hhttp://www.theguardian.com

28/01/2016 – Legal secretary jailed for stealing £80,000 from vulnerable clients and going on shopping sprees
A shamed legal secretary has been jailed for stealing nearly £80,000 from vulnerable clients - and spending it all on shopping sprees.
Read more: http://www.itv.com

27/01/2016 – Direct payments for residential care delayed until 2020
Planned roll-out in 2016 deferred for four years, but pilot areas will be able to continue offering direct payments to care home residents.
Read more: http://www.communitycare.co.uk

07/01/2016 – What’s in store for adult social work in 2016?br /> Five indicators from the chief social worker’s report on key practice areas.
Read more: http://www.communitycare.co.uk

21/12/2015 – Digital Britain: We must do more to make technology accessible to older people
As digital technology changes the way we perform daily tasks like shopping and paying bills, how do those not raised with smartphones and computers embrace such changes?
Read more: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/

15/12/2015 - Rationing of access to adult safeguarding casts shadow over Care Act aspirations
There has been slow progress on protecting adults under the Care Act but rationing and implementation problems are causes for concern, says Gary FitzGerald.
Read more: http://www.communitycare.co.uk

06/11/2015 – What happens to older people who can’t afford good care?
The care system is a financial minefield for people with dementia. Personalised care is out there, but comes at too high a price for some.
Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/

31/10/2015 – Powers of Attorney and the grim scenario of your children falling out over your cash
There has been a sharp increase in court cases involving alleged abuses of powers of attorney - mostly instigated by siblings
Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/

29/10/2015 – Regulator has vulnerable clients in its sights
Under the pension reforms, anyone over 55 can now access their pension pot – giving rise to all manner of discussions related to the wide variety of scenarios this opens up. However, one of the more overlooked areas has been that of vulnerable clients.
Read more: http://www.ftadviser.com

15/10/2015 – Citizens Advice: over 5m would take advice if it was cheaper More than five million more consumers would consider taking advice if it was cheaper, according to a report from Citizens Advice.
Read more: http://citywire.co.uk

13/10/2015 - Social workers get ‘manual for good practice’ in autism, mental capacity and dementia
The government has published a series of new practice guides for social workers in a bid to drive up standards in three areas: the Mental Capacity Act, dementia and autism.
Read more: http://www.communitycare.co.uk

21/09/2015 – One in three people born this year risks succumbing to dementia
Dementia is one of the cruelest conditions that anyone can suffer from, and not just for the invalid: not for nothing is it said that seeing a loved one suffer from it is like watching the patient die twice.
Read more: http://www.express.co.uk

09/09/2015 – Social workers to get supported decision-making toolkit for mental capacity casesr /> Toolkit is one of three resources government hopes will plug gaps that are 'impeding' Mental Capacity Act implementation.
Read more: http://www.communitycare.co.uk

07/09/2015 – Changes to system for Deputy supervision
The Office of the Public Guardian has changed its method of assessing deputyship cases, replacing the existing 1/2A/2/3 supervision tiers with 'general' or 'minimal' supervision levels.
Read more: https://www.gov.uk

24/08/2015 – Latest Lasting Power of Attorney process removes safeguards, warns solicitors
The new Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) process, provided by the Office of the Public Guardian last month, removes certain safeguards that could lead to abuse of the system, warns solicitors Moore Blatch.
Read more: http://www.lawyer-monthly.com

14/08/2015 – Moving care home residents suddenly and in the middle of the night can never be justified
FitzGerald, chief executive of Action on Elder Abuse, responds to the latest care home closure that led to residents being moved late at night.
Read more: http://www.communitycare.co.uk

10/08/2015 – Increase in fraud against elderly relatives in UK
According to a KPMG survey, fraud committed within families by relatives increased by a factor of five last year.
Read more: http://www.step.org

17/07/2015 – Elderly care costs cap delayed until 2020
The government announced today (17 July) that the cap on elderly care costs will be pushed back from next April until 2020.
Read more: http://www.nationalhealthexecutive.com

10/07/15 – Why understanding emotional needs is critical to good assessments of people with dementia Emotional needs can often be missed in assessments of people with dementia but social workers must take them into account, says Laura Cook.
Read more: http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2015/07/10/understanding-emotional-needs-critical-good-assessments-people-dementia/

06/07/15 – Office of the Public Guardian deputy standards
Deputy standards for both professional and public authority deputies have been published by the Office of the Public Guardian.
Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/office-of-the-public-guardian-deputy-standards

02/07/15 – Meeting the needs of vulnerable clients – Law Society practice note
The Law Society has produced a practice note when it comes to meeting the needs of vulnerable clients.
Read more: http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/Support-services/Advice/Practice-notes/meeting-the-needs-of-vulnerable-clients-july-2015/

11/06/2015 – LPA forms are changing from 1 July 2015
On Wednesday 1 July 2015, new lasting power of attorney (LPA) forms will be available from the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG).
Read more: https://www.lawsociety.org.uk

02/06/2015 – Should you set up a lasting power of attorney for your business?
Many small businesses are hugely dependent on one person – the business founder or managing director, say. So what would happen to the company if its key person was unable to perform his or her duties for an extended period – because of a serious accident or ill-health, for example?
Read more: http://businessconnections.standard.co.uk

29/05/2015 – Law Society looks into plans for new mental capacity accreditation scheme
The Law Society is pleased to confirm that we will be working with members to develop proposals for a new accreditation scheme focusing on the protection of vulnerable clients and the Mental Capacity Act.
Read more: http://communities.lawsociety.org.uk

14/05/2015 – Lasting Power of Attorney: getting started as an attorney
The Office of the Public Guardian has produced guidance for people considering acting for someone under a Lasting Power of Attorney.
Read more: http://www.familylaw.co.uk

12/05/2015 – Cameron appoints Alistair Burt as Care Minister
Alistair Burt has replaced Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb as the minister in charge of adult social care following the Conservative party’s general election victory.
Read more: http://www.communitycare.co.uk

08/05/2015 – Conservative election victory signals deep cuts to social care
Experts predict £30bn real term cuts will hit 'unprotected' departments, including social care.
Read more: http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2015/05/08/conservative-election-victory-signals-deep-cuts-social-care/

17/03/2015 – Social care system ‘unsustainable’ without protected funding, directors warn Association of Directors of Adult Social Services says next government must ensure that funding gap is closed.
Read more: http://www.communitycare.co.uk

05/03/2015 – Most councils not paying the recommended minimum fee for home care, report finds
A number of reports issued in the past week are contributing to a picture of a home care workforce that is underfunded and overstretched.
Read more: http://www.communitycare.co.uk

03/03/2015 – FCA: The challenge of serving vulnerable customers
It is vital that firms think about how they can serve all of their customers - including the most vulnerable in society - fairly.
Read more: http://www.moneymarketing.co.uk

11/02/2015 - Two out of ten people feel businesses know their rights when it comes to Lasting Power of Attorney
Only 22 per cent of people affected by dementia feel that businesses and organisations understand a person's rights around Lasting Power of Attorney.
Read more: http://www.alzheimers.org.uk

05/02/2015 – Power of Attorney complaints rising
Complaints about Power of Attorney are rising, according to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS).
Read more: http://home.bt.com

01/02/2015 – Professional Deputies welcome a new partner to the team
We are very pleased and excited to announce the arrival of Ron Hiller as a partner today.
Read more: https://www.linkedin.com

12/01/2015 – Conservative Party signals pre-election promise on inheritance taxstrong>The Conservative party looks likely to promise an increase in the inheritance tax (IHT) exemption thresholds before the general election in May.
Read more: http://www.step.org

05/01/2015 – Deputies’ charges to be closely monitored
England's Public Guardian has recommended to Parliament some improvements to the supervision of deputies, including the introduction of annual deputyship plans, asset inventories and charging estimates.
Read more: http://www.step.org

18/12/2014 – Older people can still multitask long after they lose the ability to pay a bill
This is because the part of the brain responsible for problem-solving – which allows us to understand a bill, plan a shopping trip or make a decision – deteriorates faster than parts of the brain responsible for multi-tasking.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk

09/12/2014 – Why are younger people getting dementia? It is a brain disease associated with older people. But dementia is increasingly affecting those in their 30s, 40s and 50s, turning fully functioning people into confused, hostile and often incontinent dependants.
Read more: http://www.msn.com

08/12/2014 – The importance of planning for mental incapacity
There may come a time when a person no longer has capacity to make certain decisions for themselves.
Read more: http://www.collectivelegalsolutions.co.uk

05/12/2014 – What’s new for older people in the Autumn Statement 2014?
The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer has updated some of the financial rules around tax, pensions and savings in his latest statement.
Read more: http://www.whentheygetolder.co.uk

30/09/2014 – Inheritance laws simplified
What happens when someone dies without leaving a will come into effect tomorrow, Wednesday 1 October 2014.
Read more: https://www.gov.uk

26/09/2014 – Councils claim on 8 properties a day to recoup care costs
At least eight people a day have a legal charge placed on their property to recoup care costs, according to data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by NFU Mutual.
Read more: http://www.ftadviser.com

25/09/2014 – Robbing Mum: BBC Radio 4
Report reveals that relatives are mostly responsible for stealing money from the elderly.
Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p027bl6t

17/09/14 – Probate costs set to fall by a third as lawyers face competition
The licensing of chartered accountants to offer probate work follows from the deregulation of the legal profession in 2011.
Read more: http://www.solicitorsjournal.com

10/09/14 – Dementia patients face unfair care tax
Dementia patients in the UK face a "care tax" because they are left to sort out much of the care they need themselves, experts say.
Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk

28/08/14 – Many pensioners on low incomes are still not claiming the benefits they’re entitled to
Many pensioners on low incomes are still not claiming the benefits they’re entitled to according to McCarthy & Stone, Britain’s leading builder of retirement housing.
Read more: http://www.careindustrynews.co.uk

26/08/14 – Government yields on electronic LPA’s
The Ministry of Justice has postponed plans to introduce a fully electronic online process for the creation and registration of lasting powers of attorney in England and Wales.
Read more:
http://www.step.org

21/08/14 – Lasting Powers of Attorney will be easier and simpler for people to make, Justice Minister Simon Hughes announces
It will be easier and simpler for people to make sure their wishes are followed if their mental capacity declines, thanks to improvements to the lasting powers of attorney (LPA) application process, announced by Justice Minister Simon Hughes today.
Read more: https://www.gov.uk

07/08/14 – Official receiver winds up dubious estate-planning firm
The UK government's Insolvency Service has wound up a Nottinghamshire company that marketed schemes claiming to protect clients' assets through wills, trusts and lasting powers of attorney.
Read more: http://www.step.org

16/07/2014 – Court of Protection Handbook is herer /> Legal Action Group’s Court of Protection Handbook addresses in detail the practice and processes of the Court of Protection across the whole range of its work.
Read more: http://www.mentalcapacitylawandpolicy.org.uk

08/07/2014 – Government pushes on with online powers of attorney
The government is pressing ahead with promoting online Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) despite the Law Society’s warning that digitising the service is likely to increase the risk of fraud and abuse.
Read more: http://www.lawgazette.co.uk

30/06/2014 – Court costs highlight need for LPA’s
Over 11,500 families a year are running up legal bills and facing time-consuming delays to resolve financial and health issues when relatives become incapacitated, because there is no Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) in place.
Read more: http://www.money-marketuk.com/Consumer/3802-court-costs-highlight-need-for-lpas.html

16/06/2014 – Government plans to promote LPA’s and will-making
The government is to hold a ‘life planning day’ next year to raise awareness of lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) and other life planning mechanisms including will-making and advance decisions.
Read more: http://www.step.org

09/06/2014 – Valuing every voice, respecting every right: Making the case for the Mental Capacity Act
The government’s response to the House of Lords Select Committee Report on the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
Read more: https://www.gov.uk

02/06/2014 – STEP Advanced Certificate in Advising Vulnerable Clients
A comprehensive programme for professionals advising those with issues of mental and physical incapacity.
Read more: http://www.step.org

15/05/2014 – The Society of Will Writers disappointed by the decision not to regulate the Will Writing industryhe Society of Will Writers (SWW) were not surprised by, but are disappointed at the Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling's decision to reject the recommendations of the Legal Services Board (LSB) to regulate the Will Writing industry.
Read more: http://www.willwriters.com

12/05/2014 – Pensioners to pay double care cap for care home fees
Elderly pensioners face ‘shocking' care home costs as most will pay double the Government’s cap of £70,000 because many costs are not included, Institute of Actuaries warns.
Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk

06/05/2014 – Professional Deputies write a Court of Protection guide for When They Get Older
Professional Deputies have recently written a Court of Protection guide for When They Get Older – an internet community created for those faced with caring for ageing parents while juggling work and family commitments.
Read more: http://www.whentheygetolder.co.uk

24/04/2014 - They save families money and heartache - so why don't more people appoint Lasting Power of Attorney? Thousands of families are running up costly legal bills to handle the financial affairs of mentally or physically incapable relatives that could be avoided through Lasting Powers of Attorney, a retirement firm has said.
Read more: http://www.thisismoney.co.uk

16/04/2014 - Leave a digital legacy after your death, urges Law Society
People should leave clear instructions about what should happen to their social media, computer games and other online accounts after their death, according to the Law Society.
Read more: http://www.lawsociety.org.uk

09/04/2014 - 10 ways councils are targeting savings from adult social care in 2014-15
Local authorities are turning to rationing, reductions in care packages and innovation to cut the costs of care.
Read more: http://www.communitycare.co.uk

04/04/2014 - Court of Protection adds weight to social worker evidence in mental capacity assessmentsong>Court formally recognises social workers as among the professionals who can submit capacity assessments as evidence.
Read more:
http://www.communitycare.co.uk

01/04/2014 – What Japan teaches us about better care for older people
Mayumi Hayashi says England can learn from Japan, which has devised radical solutions to meet the unprecedented demand for health and social care from its ageing population.
Read more:
http://www.hsj.co.uk

27/03/2014 – Martin Lewis: Five unpleasant truths you can’t ignore
The founder of Moneysavingexpert on essential issues to address as you get older.
Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk

13/03/14 - Government lacks understanding of adult care risks, warns spending watchdog
The National Audit Office finds adult social care policy is based on incomplete information.
Read more: http://www.communitycare.co.uk

05/03/14 – Apple security rules leave inherited iPad useless, say sons
A man whose mother bequeathed her iPad to her family in her will says Apple's security rules are too restrictive.
Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk


03/03/14 - Warning over 'risky' schemes to cut care bills
People are entering risky arrangements to safeguard their wealth from long-term care costs, but there are cheaper and safer options if you plan early.
Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk

18/02/14 - Families let down by banks over Power of Attorney Banks and building societies are neglecting the rights of families with Power of Attorney
Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk

12/02/14 - Mencap boss 'stole more than £500,000 from charity's vulnerable clients and set up £1,000-a-month "ghost"
contract for his Lithuanian mistress'
A former boss at a learning disabilities charity stole more than £500,000 from vulnerable clients he was being paid to protect, a court heard.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk

21/01/14 - Cost of dying reaches £7,622
The average cost of dying - including funeral, burial or cremation and estate administration - has risen by 7.1% over the past 12 months and now stands at £7,622, a study claims.
Read more: http://www.yourmoney.com

18/01/14 - 'Nursing home billed me £600,000 - for what?'9;9;9;
One 95 year-old nursing home resident has seen her fees rise 129pc, with barely any explanation.
Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk

17/01/14 – Painting sold to pay care home fees
A painting belonging to an elderly man has been sold for £24,000 to help pay for his care home fees, a council said.
Read more: http://www.expressandstar.com

09/01/14 - Six in 10 advisers would offer LTC advice with council referrals
Six in 10 advisers would offer long-term care advice if local authorities are forced to refer to regulated financial advisers, new Apfa figures show.
Read more: http://www.moneymarketing.co.uk

Over a million people forced to sell homes to pay for care fees under unfair and complicated system
18/12/13
Tens of thousands more are unable to pass their homes on to children as local authorities take charges out against properties that have to be paid when parents die.
Read more http://www.mirror.co.uk

Sisters call for law change after £1.3m payout man from Thornton Heath died penniless
12/12/13
The sisters of a man who was awarded £1.3m in compensation after suffering severe head injuries when he fell from a night bus are calling for a change in the law after he died penniless.
Read more http://www.croydonguardian.co.uk

Law Society responds to OPG consultation
26/11/13
The Law Society has responded to the Office of the Public Guardian’s consultation 'Transforming the Services of the Office of the Public Guardian - Enabling Digital by Default'.
Read more http://www.probatesection.org.uk

Councils must be more open about adult social care weaknesses and cuts
25/11/13
Many local annual reports omit evidence of under-performance and reduced service levels, finds review into key plank of 'post-CQC' regime.
Read more http://www.communitycare.co.uk

The UK is facing the biggest challenge yet in tackling dementia
12/11/13
The Department of Health has today published the NHS Mandate for England for 2014-15.
Read more http://www.careindustrynews.co.uk

Lloyds Banking Group leads the way for finance sector to become more dementia-friendly
29/10/13
A landmark guide for banks and insurers to help improve the everyday lives of people affected by dementia is being launched by Lloyds Banking Group and Alzheimer's Society today.
Read more http://www.alzheimers.org.uk

Elderly robbed by their own relatives: Family carers are abusing their legal powers and stealing their relations' assets
20/10/13
Growing numbers of elderly and vulnerable people are having their finances raided by relatives abusing their legal powers, The Independent on Sunday has learnt.
Read more http://www.independent.co.uk

Transforming the services of the Office of the Public Guardian - enabling digital by default
15/10/13
This consultation paper considers the next phase of the OPG transformation programme, as well as exploring some of the future changes that the Office of the Public Guardian may seek to make within the next few years.
Read more http://www.justice.gov.uk

Advisers and solicitors ‘must unite' for LTC advice
14/10/13
Symponia has launched its Legal Academy in a bid to unite financial advisers and lawyers in serving long term care clients.
Read more http://www.covermagazine.co.uk

Fee to register a Lasting Power of Attorney reduced to a £110
30/09/13
Compassion in Dying welcomes the news that from 1 October 2013, the application fees for registering both LPAs and the older enduring powers of attorney (EPA) will both be reduced from £130 to £110.
Read more http://www.compassionindying.org.uk

Jimmy Hill, his Alzheimer’s battle, and a family in turmoil
28/09/13
The children of the former TV pundit Jimmy Hill talk about his illness – and an agonising legal dispute.
Read more http://www.telegraph.co.uk

Pressures on adult safeguarding continue to mount as referrals rise by 4%
12/09/13
Rise in referrals follows 11% hike last year, increasing safeguarding caseloads for adult social workers.
Read more http://www.communitycare.co.uk

Care funding cap risks overwhelming councils and undermining NHS integration
10/09/13
Additional hundreds of thousands of assessments arising from care funding cap could damage councils' financial and organisational capacity, warns think-tank.
Read more http://www.communitycare.co.uk

One million homes sold to fund care costs – NFU Mutual
04/09/13
A quarter of Brits are relying on inheritance to fund their retirement yet do not realise that one million homes have been sold to pay for care fees in recent years, NFU Mutual has warned.
Read more http://www.covermagazine.co.uk

Cost of Dying Report 2013
01/09/13
Sun Life Direct have published their 7th Annual Survey into the cost of dying and end of life planning.
Read more http://www.sunlifedirect.co.uk

PayingForCare launches care cap calculator
29/07/13
Partnership-owned website PayingForCare.org has launched a care cap calculator to work out how much people in care will personally have to pay before they reach the Dilnot cap.
Read more http://www.moneymarketing.co.uk

How people who fund their own care impact on council budgets
24/07/13
Local government support for self-funders, who make up 45% of care home residents, is lacking.
Read more http://www.theguardian.com

‘I’ve seen too many mental capacity and financial abuse cases end with no prosecution’
19/07/13
Issues surrounding the police’s ability to prosecute perpetrators of financial abuse against their relatives poses a dilemma for adult safeguarding professionals, writes social worker Samantha Toussaint.
Read more http://www.communitycare.co.uk

Lords block financial advice care bill amendment
10/07/13
Bill will not require those who fund their care to be referred to regulated financial advice.
Read more http://www.healthinsurancedaily.com

Lords scrutinises Mental Capacity Act 2005 and asks: Is it working?
26/06/13
The House of Lords Committee on the Mental Capacity Act 2005 has published its call for evidence.
Read more http://www.parliament.uk

Financial abuse practice note from Law Society
13/06/13
The Law Society has issued a practice note for solicitors who advise clients that may be at risk of financial abuse.
Read more http://www.lawsociety.org.uk

The talk you didn’t have with your parents could cost you
24/05/13
Interesting article from the New York Times. While we all know that discussing finances with aging parents is critical, this article sets out a game plan for approaching the subject.
Read more http://www.nytimes.com

Social work evidence to carry greater weight with Court of Protection
15/05/13
Court expected to revise guidance to make it clear it will accept mental capacity assessments from social workers, and not just from doctors, psychologists or therapists.
Read more www.communitycare.co.uk

How do I register a Power of Attorney with a bank?
02/05/13
Consumer expert Jessica Gorst-Williams explains how to make registering power of attorney with a bank as quick and painless as possible.
Read more http://www.telegraph.co.uk

Secret court in control of a £2billion fortune
28/04/13
It holds the assets of 16,000 vulnerable people - but pays them paltry interest.
Read more http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Doing it for Dad: taking charge of my father’s life now that he has dementia
27/04/13
A daughter's real life experience of having a Lasting Power of Attorney for her father who has dementia.
Read more www.guardian.co.uk

There are a number of ways to take control of a loved one’s money if they are physically or mentally unable to
04/04/13
There are a number of ways you can take control of a person’s finances if he or she are physically or mentally unable to do so themselves.
Read more http://www.citywire.co.uk

Managing a bank account for another person to become easier thanks to new framework
03/04/13
A comprehensive framework for people who need to manage a bank or building society account on behalf of someone else has been produced by Law Society, the British Bankers' Association (BBA), the Building Societies Association (BSA), the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG), and other partners.
Read more http://www.lawsociety.org.uk

The day Britain changes: welfare reforms and coalition cuts take effect
01/14/13
A new world heaves into view this week with sweeping changes in the fields of welfare, justice, health and tax.
Read more www.guardian.co.uk

Council spending on Adult Care falls by 2.05% in 2012
27/11/12
Council spending on adult care has seen an average year on year real terms decrease of 2.05% in 2012 according data analysis from Prestige Nursing + Care.
Read more http://www.careindustrynews.co.uk

The risk of a new Southern Cross
05/11/12
After the collapse of Southern Cross more than a year ago, the Government said it would act to ensure that the finances of care homes were more transparent.
Read more http://www.independent.co.uk

Banks agree standard procedures for handling deceased clients' accounts
04/10/12
The leading high street banks in England and Wales have agreed to a new protocol setting out how they must deal with solicitors or STEP members administering a deceased client's estate.
Read more www.stepjournal.org

Trial for ‘Big Brother’ care system
05/09/12
About a dozen homes in Scotland have been fitted with an array of sensors, motion detectors, microphones and digital cameras linked to intelligent software.
Read more http://chill4us.com/news/trial-for-big-brother-care-system

Continuing Healthcare: deadline looms for 'secret' care fund
18/08/12
The little-known NHS Continuing Healthcare benefit can help the most vulnerable, but with the clock ticking thousands of people could forfeit backdated payments.
Read more http://www.guardian.co.uk

1.2m over 60’s have no idea how they are going to cope in the future
17/07/12
McCarthy & Stone finds many over-60s never talk to their family about their future financial, housing or care needs
Read more http://www.careindustrynews.co.uk

Government proposes long-term care council loans
11/07/12
People who need to fund long-term care will be able to borrow the money from their local council with the money being recouped when their home is sold off or remortgaged after they die, under proposals put forward by the Government.
Read more www.moneymarketing.co.uk

Elderly warned over pressure-selling by rogue firms
15/06/12
Older people and carers have been told to beware of scam retail or investment operations targeting the elderly.
Read more www.bbc.co.uk

Solicitor struck off after referring clients to tied adviser
24/05/12
A solicitor has been struck off for failing to refer clients to an independent financial adviser, among other failings highlighted by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Read more www.moneymarketing.co.uk

Professional Carer, friend or thief?
06/01/12
Vulnerable adults in Hampshire have had monies stolen from them by a trusted domiciliary carer.
Read more www.careindustrynews.co.uk

Con artists are targeting dementia sufferers
14/12/11
Con artists are dealing "another body blow" to the most vulnerable in society who need more protection, according to a charity. Read more www.bbc.co.uk

Elderly being exploited by their own families who charge them for picking up their pension or doing the weekly shop
13/12/2011
Vulnerable elderly people are being ripped off and abused by their own families who 'exploit' them to make cash, experts revealed today..
Read more www.voiceuk.org.uk

Professional Deputies features on the Care Industry News website/> 27/10/2011
The website aimed at the key decision makers within the Care Sector runs an article about Professional Deputies.
Read more http://www.careindustrynews.co.uk

Judge scrutinises ill man’s removal from foster home
21/10/2011
A High Court judge has ordered a local authority to provide details about its decision to remove a man with severe medical difficulties from his former foster parents. Read more http://www.independent.co.uk

OFT publishes mental capacity guidance
28/09/2011
The OFT has published guidance for businesses when they are considering granting credit to people who might not have the mental capacity to make informed borrowing decisions.
Read more http://www.oft.gov.uk

New Appointeeship & Deputyship Working Group created on LinkedIn
06/08/2011
A new group has been created on LinkedIn to support all professionals that work in the area around managing vulnerable client’s funds.
Read more http://www.linkedin.com

Call for evidence launched – Not For Profit delivery of deputyship services
04/08/2011
The OPG has launched a call for evidence for not-for-profit organisations when it comes to deputyship work. They are keen to hear the views of such organisations when it comes to this type of work.
Read more http://www.justice.gov.uk

Ministers under pressure to ditch adult care excellence award
04/08/2011
Ministers and the Care Quality Commission are coming under pressure to ditch the planned "excellence award" scheme for adult care providers after the idea was universally condemned by sector bodies in a consultation.
Read more http://www.communitycare.co.uk

£35,000 elderly care cost cap urged

04/07/2011
Care costs for the elderly should be capped by the state at £35,000, a Government-commissioned review has urged.
Read more http://www.moneysavingexpert.com

Increasing efficiency in the Court of Protection
28/06/2011
The Government has today published a consultation paper proposing that some decisions on straight forward applications to the Court of Protection are taken by authorised court officers.
Read more http://www.justice.gov.uk

Call to revamp ‘outdated and flawed’ social care laws
11/05/2011
A major revamp of adult social care law in England and Wales is needed to ensure fairer access to services, the Law Commission says.
Read more http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-13349736

Social care professionals opposed to outsourcing, finds survey
05/05/2011
The transfer of social care services from councils to private providers has been bad for the sector, and government plans to go further in this direction risk wreaking future damage, say professionals.
Read more http://www.communitycare.co.uk

Who will fix social care funding?
27/04/2011
Social care funding needs fixing, the head of England’s largest housing association – Anchor says. Jane Ashcroft is worried. "I'm normally an optimist, I hope I'm wrong," she says. "But so many things are affected by decisions about funding long-term care and I'm anxious that it's going to get kicked into the long grass again."
Read more http://www.guardian.co.uk

Public Guardian website to close
03/04/11
This just in from the Office of the Public Guardian Newsletter Team…..
“Dear stakeholder
“The ‘Transformational Government’ strategy states that government departments must rationalise the number of stand alone websites. As part of this strategy, the OPG has agreed to close its website on 4 April 2011.
Read more http://stuartsorensen.wordpress.com


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