Court of Appeal clarifies the scope of the care home charging regime.

Tuesday 27 January 2015

The Court of Appeal has clarified the scope of the care home charging regime. The social services authority was represented by Stephen Knafler QC.

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In R (Walford) v Worcestershire County Council, the Court of Appeal today allowed the appeal of the social services authority and clarified that the mandatory property disregard in the charging regime for residential accommodation only applied where a qualifying individual occupied the resident's home before or at the time the resident first entered residential accommodation. The High Court had already clarified that the disregard only applied to main or only homes.

Stephen was instructed by Baljit Sidhu of Worcestershire County Council legal department.

Stephen Knafler QC is a member of the Garden Court Chambers Public and Administrative Law Team.

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