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Homes Unfit For Heroes!

Siddiq Fazaluddin

Posted by Siddiq Fazaluddin | Senior Associate
On 27th November 2015

Avid readers of HJA’s Housing blogs will recall the recent “Could this be the End to Lifetime Tenancies?” post prepared by our colleagues Vneeta Ratti and Jayesh Kunwardia. We would now like to take the opportunity to look further in depth at the proposals, but to focus more on how the existing system of secure tenancies and social housing were created and whether the current government is keeping true to the aims its predecessors set out to achieve…

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Alarm bells ring over tenant’s safety

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On 27th November 2015

Statistics reveal that between April 2013 and March 2014 97 people died and 1900 were injured in domestic fires affecting properties where no smoke alarm was present.

As a result The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 came into force last month…

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Assessing children’s needs – good practice just as important as speed

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On 27th November 2015

The Association of Directors of Childrens Services and Cafcass have released guidance in relation to the making of special guardianship orders in care proceedings. The guidance arises out of their concern about the inappropriate use of special guardianship orders in some care cases, in circumstances where insufficient consideration has been given to the suitability and longterm viability of a placement…

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When can a deputy make gifts from deputyship funds?

Philippa Barton

Posted by Philippa Barton | Partner
On 24th November 2015

The power to make gifts is set out in the deputyship order, and is usually limited to:

Gifts made on certain occasions such as birthdays, Christmas and weddings to family and friends
Gifts to a charity which the incapacitated person (P) would have favoured.

In Re GM (2013), Senior Judge Lush stated that it is important that deputies should realise that they only have a very limited authority to make gifts and that they must apply to the COP for more extensive gift making powers…

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