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Our social welfare pages provide bite-sized updates on recent case-law and policy, written by Garden Court barristers specialising in adult social care, children’s services, Court of Protection (health and welfare), housing and homelessness, and welfare benefits.

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Tim Baldwin

Adult social care, Health care | Thursday 17 December 2020

Social Welfare Update: Inherent jurisdiction in relation to vulnerable adults - Guidance on urgent applications

Blog by Tim Baldwin of the Garden Court Chambers Community Care Team. Mazhar v Birmingham Community Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust [2020] EWCA Civ 1377

Tim Baldwin

Adult social care, Health care | Thursday 17 December 2020

Social Welfare Update: Court of Appeal held NICE was right to use the Highly Specialised Drug procedure to appraise a new drug for treatment of phenylketonuria (PKU)

Blog by Tim Baldwin of the Garden Court Chambers Community Care Team. R (on the application of Cotter (A Child)) v National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) [2020] EWCA Civ 1037

Desmond Rutledge

Welfare benefits | Thursday 17 December 2020

Social Welfare Update: Right to backdate benefit where claimant can no longer claim Housing Benefit after moving house to a Universal Credit full-service area

Blog by Desmond Rutledge of the Garden Court Chambers Welfare Benefits Law Team. CP v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (UC) [2020] UKUT 309 (AAC)

Nick Bano

Children, Housing, Migrant support | Thursday 29 October 2020

Social Welfare Update: High Court quashes Children Act assessment carried out by Southwark Council

AA was represented by Nick Bano of the Garden Court Chambers Community Care Team, instructed by Morrison Spowart solicitors. R (AA) v Southwark LBC [2020] EWHC 2587 (Admin).

Ubah Dirie

Housing, Mental health, Migrant support | Thursday 29 October 2020

Social Welfare Update: Humnyntskyi – Home Office policy on Schedule 10 declared unlawful

Blog by Ubah Dirie of the Garden Court Community Care Team on case R (Humnyntskyi) v SSHD [2020] EWHC 1912 (Admin).

Connor Johnston Tessa Buchanan

Adult social care, Children, Health care | Thursday 29 October 2020

Social Welfare Update: The Care Act 2014 easements: where are we now?

Connor Johnson and Tessa Buchanan of the Garden Court Community Care Team have prepared this update on the application of the Care Act 2014 easements.

Sophie Caseley Tim Baldwin

Adult social care, Migrant support | Thursday 23 April 2020

Social Welfare Update: How the Coronavirus Act affects migrants entitled to adult social care

Sophie Caseley and Tim Baldwin of the Garden Court Community Care Team drafted this briefing on how the Coronavirus Act 2020 may affect adult migrants with care and support needs and migrant children leaving care.

Stephen Simblet QC

Capacity, Court of Protection | Monday 20 April 2020

Social Welfare Update: Covid 19 - Family contact for care home resident - ECHR rights

Stephen Simblet QC of the Garden Court Chambers Court of Protection Team discusses the case of BP v Surrey County Council and RP [2020] EWCOP 17, 25 March 2020.

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