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'They call it fairer charging ...'

Author:
THOMPSON Pauline
Journal article citation:
Working with Older People, 8(3), September 2004, pp.10-14.
Publisher:
Emerald

Describes research into the 'Fairer charging' system, introduced by local councils in 2003. Much has been said about charges for care in homes, but far less about charges for services to people living at home. Describes powers to charge and national guidance and gives the main findings. A mixed picture emerged, with many variations. Makes a number of recommendations, and concludes it is almost impossible to devise a fair system and councils struggle with complex guidance.

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Author:
THOMPSON Pauline
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 26.8.04, 2004, pp.32-33.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Looks at the findings of research into the implementation of Department of Health guidance on charging for home care. Using responses from 86 authorities in England, the research found there are still large variations in charges around the country. Authorities which calculated the charge of a hypothetical service user charged from nothing to £103 a week. The research, commissioned by Age Concern, has reinforced Age Concern's view that it is fairer to abolish charges for home care.

Book

Money at home: the home care worker's guide to handling other people's finances and belongings

Author:
THOMPSON Pauline
Publisher:
Age Concern
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
170p.
Place of publication:
London

Whenever money is handled for a service user, the home care worker is placed in a position of trust, even if it is just a one-off occasion. In the vast majority of cases, there are no problems but, even in the best relationships, misunderstandings can occur or the unexpected can happen. This guide covers some of the key issues to consider when handling other people's money. It contains chapters on: procedures, financial transactions, responding to financial abuse, self-employed or directly employed careworkers, security and insurance, helping service users with their finances, gifts, wills and bequests, service users who are unable to manage their financial affairs, and collecting charges.

Journal article

Running out of time

Author:
THOMPSON Pauline
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 10.8.00, 2000, p.25.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Explains how one effect of the NHS and Community Care Act 1990 has been to ensure that the majority of older people in care homes get no financial help from social services.

Journal article

Ruling that resolved nothing

Author:
THOMPSON Pauline
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 22.6.00, 2000, pp.24-25.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

The Coughlin ruling regarding the funding of nursing home care was heralded as a landmark decision but left unresolved many funding boundary issues. Discusses the problems.

Book

Cause for concern: what directors think about the impact of the changes to the Independent Living Fund

Author:
THOMPSON Pauline
Publisher:
Disablement Income Group
Publication year:
1993
Pagination:
40p.,tables.
Place of publication:
London
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Ministry of Justice review of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, forms, supervision and fees: consultation response

Authors:
THOMPSON Pauline, MCLENNAN Elizabeth
Publisher:
Age Concern
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
13p.
Place of publication:
London

This response gives key points and recommendations, gives the questions on the forms, and discusses supervision and fees.

Book

Community care and the law

Authors:
CLEMENTS Luke, THOMPSON Pauline
Publisher:
Legal Action Group
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
951p.
Place of publication:
London
Edition:
4th ed.

This new edition considers the most significant case-law developments and all new legislation since 2004, including: Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (SVGA) 2006; Work and Families Act 2006; NHS Acts 2006 Mental Capacity Act 2005; Asylum (Provision of Accommodation to Failed Asylum Seekers) Regulations 2005; Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004 Children Act 2004; Social Care Community Health and Standards) Act 2003. As well as revising all existing chapters, the authors have included new material on: mental capacity; rights of people unlawfully in the UK and of those seeking asylum; adult protection; hospital discharge; the 2007 National Framework for Continuing NHS Care Entitlement; new statutory complaints procedures for the NHS and social services; the legality of tightening eligibility criteria and funding panels; reform of the Direct Payments regimes; the radical reform of the NHS legislative framework.

Book

Fair enough: research on the implementation of the Department of Health guidance; fairer charging policies for home care and other non-residential social services

Authors:
THOMPSON Pauline, MATHEW Dinah
Publisher:
Age Concern
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
132p.
Place of publication:
London

Many people who previously contributed to the cost of their service are no longer paying because the guidance states that no-one with income below a specified threshold (£127.63 for a single older person 2003–04) should be charged. There is now consistency across the country for people on incomes below this level, who are exempt from charging. The effect on other people receiving services depends on each local authority’s interpretation of the discretionary elements of the guidance and on their previous charging policy. The majority of councils reported that charges have increased for people on higher incomes. People with savings above the limit specified in the guidance may pay all or most of the cost of the service, unless the council has a low maximum charge or subsidises the hourly charge for the service.

Book

Paying for care handbook: a guide to services, charges and welfare benefits for adults in need of care in the community or in care homes

Authors:
THOMPSON Pauline, et al
Publisher:
Child Poverty Action Group
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
493p.
Place of publication:
London
Edition:
4th ed.

Guide to services, charges, welfare benefits and other financial help for adults needing care at home or in supported housing; and their carers. Also covers: the duties of social services and health authorities in arranging residential or nursing home care; how welfare benefits are affected by entering or leaving a care home; the social services means test for those needing help with care home costs; and how the different schemes are administered, the collection and enforcement of charges, challenging decisions and enforcing rights, and common problems.

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