Local authority care

The Court of Appeal was asked to decide if a public authority exercised its decision making powers correctly.
The point at issue was whether the Council could change the help it gave without a change in a person’s circumstances.

Should local authority pay for care?

Understanding how local authorities make decisions as to entitlement to care is not easy. So a case before one of our higher Courts which examines the question is a great help. An important case about local authority and payment for care came before the Court of Appeal through an application for judicial review. The Court was asked to decide if a public authority exercised its decision making powers correctly.

The point at issue was whether the Council could change the help it gave without a change in a person’s circumstances.

The case involved Elaine McDonald, 67, a former Scottish Ballet principal. We would like to tell you more. Continue reading “Local authority care”

Politics of compensation

Politics of compensation

Newspaper headlines tell you of large compensation awards, fraudulent claims, or the rising cost of road accident claims to insurers. What you do not read is how organisations are reimbursed as a result of a compensation case being brought.

After a road accident the Government can recover up to £505  for accident and emergency treatment, and £620 per day  for inpatient treatment. The maximum recoverable is £37,100. An additional payment for ambulance call out is £159.   The money is only paid if the person treated by the NHS makes a successful claim. The payment is made by the insurance company of the party responsible for the accident or injury. Continue reading “Politics of compensation”