Housing case law - December 2020
Read our monthly housing case law update, which includes recent cases from courts in England and Wales that are relevant to the #ukhousing sector.
Encouraging report from NHS Counter Fraud Authority
The NHS Counter Fraud Authority has published its annual report for 2019/2020 and it makes for interesting reading. NHS CFA's priorities are:
Learning from ICO audit reports in the healthcare sector
The Information Commissioner’s Office can undertake agreed or compulsory audits as part of its regulatory powers. We have reviewed 13 recent audit reports for NHS organisations to identify common themes for potential learning in several key areas.
Revised Caldicott Principles published
The National Data Guardian has published her response to the consultation on the Caldicott Principles and the role of Caldicott Guardians.
Gillick competence: Learning from Bell v Tavistock and Portman
In this case on the lawfulness of prescribing puberty-suppressing drugs to children with gender dysphoria, the judgment includes a factor analysis in assessing Gillick competence in children. We summarise the case and provide an assessment checklist.
The Elizabeth Dixon investigation - Learning from clinical error
The investigation report by Dr Bill Kirkup identifies multi-agency system failures in Elizabeth’s short life and the investigation of the circumstances of her death. We summarise a number of themes emerging from the recommendations.
The November 2020 spending review in brief: Key highlights for registered providers
In his November 2020 spending review, the Chancellor announced a number of initiatives in housing and infrastructure, including the National Home Building Fund and a “levelling up” fund. We set out a summary of the key highlights from the spending review.
DP v London Borough of Hillingdon – how will it change authorisation (s21A) proceedings?
This case highlights the importance of a proper capacity assessment and discussions with P regarding best interests, as well as the purpose of s21A proceedings. We summarise the decision and what to take away.
Liberty Protection Scheme: Care home manager role dropped
The Liberty Protection Safeguards National Steering Group revealed that DHSC will not be implementing the care home manager role when the rest of the LPS framework commences in April 2022, and that six sets of regulations will be published next spring.
Government clarifies circumstances in which evictions can take place between now and 11 January 2021
Following inconsistency in the courts’ approach to the enforcement of possession orders during lockdown, the government introduced new regulations that set out the circumstances in which bailiffs and enforcement officers can carry out an eviction process.
Social housing white paper proposes FOI-like regime for RPs
The Government's recently published white paper on social housing regulation includes a proposal introducing a new access to information regime for social housing tenants of housing associations and other private registered providers.
The social housing white paper: Implications for landlords
The long awaited social housing white paper was published on 17 November, setting out reforms which aim to improve services to tenants. In this extended insight we look at some of the measures detailed within the Charter, and what they mean for RPs.