Community care after the Care Act 2014

Thursday 26 November 2015, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Garden Court Chambers

Date: Thursday 26 November 2015
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ  
Areas of Law: Housing Law

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This seminar will inform housing, community care, immigration and public law practitioners of the changes and developments which have been brought in as a result of the Care Act 2014, which came into force on the 1 April 2015.

Part I of the Act is aimed at modernising and consolidating the law on adult social care in England, replacing previous complex legislation with one Act and a single gateway to care and support including accommodation outside of the Housing Acts.

Delegates will leave with a clear understanding of the legal framework of the Act, regulations and the duties to provide/arrange for the provision of accommodation and services under Part 1 of the Act which can be applied to their everyday practice.

This seminar will cover:

  • How is the Act working after six months – is it delivering on its promises and what are the problem areas
  • How the new general duty to promote well-being, including in relation to the suitability of living accommodation, is working
  • How the legal framework for assessment of needs for care and support, and the eligibility criteria is operating in practice
  • How to use the Care Act to access specialist residential care and accommodation for persons from abroad
  • Using the new duty to meet carers’ needs for support effectively
  • Understanding how the deeming provisions for “ordinary residence” under the Care Act 2014 work
  • How the Act is supposed to delineate between accommodation under Housing Act 1996 and accommodation provided to meet a need for care and support
  • How the Act enables people to exercise choice as to the accommodation to be provided
  • The potential pitfalls of the mechanisms proposed for appeals

What is included?

  • 1.5 hours' CPD accreditation
  • Talks prepared by a panel of experienced housing, community care and public law barristers
  • Comprehensive notes for your future reference
  • The opportunity to ask questions
  • Refreshments

Who should attend?

Practitioners in housing, community care, immigration and public law including solicitors, caseworkers and NGOs.


Tim Baldwin is ranked in Chambers UK for social housing and community care. Within his public law practice, he specialises in complex social care and housing cases.

Maria Moodie undertakes a broad range of civil and public law work, focused on cases involving vulnerable adults, children and victims of trafficking. She practises in all areas of community care and has particular expertise in the interface between immigration and the provision of community care support.

Stephen Marsh (Chair) is a civil practitioner who focuses on issues of social welfare, discrimination and community care. His expertise lies in mental capacity issues, having represented clients in best interest cases in both the Court of Protection and the High Court.

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