Archive for the 'elderly' Category

LSB publishes literature review of legal needs – Legal Services Board

“The LSB has conducted a review of existing research literature into the needs of different groups of legal services consumers. The review summarises the legal needs of a variety of different groups, their methods of accessing legal services and where their needs are not met. The review helps to identify gaps in existing research and will be used to target our future research programme.”

The Legal Needs of Consumer Groups (PDF)

Legal Services Board, 21st April 2011

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

Edward Chopping spared jail for manslaughter of wife – BBC News

“An 84-year-old man from east London who killed his wife so she did not have to go to a care home has been spared jail.”

Full story

BBC News, 18th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

OAP spared jail over wife’s death – The Independent

“A frail 84-year-old who killed his ailing wife after becoming terrified that she would be taken into a care home wept as he was spared jail today.”

Full story

The Independent, 18th March 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Call to sue councils that are ‘failing the vulnerable’ – Law Society’s Gazette

“The case of a mentally ill man who attempted suicide after being discharged from hospital to a park bench has prompted mental health solicitors to call on lawyers to sue local authorities that fail to provide adequate healthcare for some of society’s most vulnerable members.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 17th March 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

NHS could be sued for neglecting elderly under new law – Daily Telegraph

“Elderly patients who believe they have been treated badly because of their age could sue the National Health Service under new rights to be unveiled by ministers next month.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 15th February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Care workers use glove puppet to bully elderly women – BBC News

“Two care home workers have been given suspended jail sentences for using a Green Goblin glove puppet to bully elderly women.”

Full story

BBC News, 6th January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Disabled will suffer from assisted dying law, claim critics of new inquiry – Daily Telegraph

“Vulnerable elderly and disabled people will feel pressured to end their lives if the law on assisted dying is relaxed, disability campaigners have claimed.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 29th November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Death tax law ruled out next parliament – The Guardian

“Andy Burnham, the health secretary, will today rule out legislation in the next parliament to impose a death tax to pay for social care for the elderly, but will promise new laws to cap the cost of residential costs after two years in a home.”

Full story

The Guardian, 30th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Free care for vulnerable’ bill killed off by Lords coalition – The Guardian

“The government conceded that its eye-catching bill to provide free care at home for the vulnerable will have to wait until after the election after peers inflicted a series of defeats.”

Full story

The Guardian, 18th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Consultation launched on upper age limit for jury service – Ministry of Justice

“The government today launched a consultation on raising the upper age limit for jury service in England and Wales.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 16th March 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Council launches legal bid to abolish sheltered housing wardens – Daily Telegraph

“Council officials are attempting to force through plans to abolish round-the-clock wardens in housing for vulnerable elderly people despite the worst winter in decades.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 13th January 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

High court bars ‘easyCouncil’ from removing live-in wardens – The Guardian

“A high court judge today stopped a council from removing 24-hour live-in wardens from sheltered housing in a blow to the Conservative authority’s attempt to remodel itself as ‘easyCouncil’ after the no-frills budget airline easyJet.”

Full story

The Guardian, 15th December 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Mouth tape’ care worker sentenced – The Independent

“A care worker who ‘humiliated’ an 89-year-old dementia patient by taping his mouth shut and forcing him to lie on the floor was given a suspended jail sentence today.”

Full story

The Independent, 19th October 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Care home resident aged 106 loses closure fight – The Guardian

“A battle by one of Britain’s oldest women to stop the closure of her council-run care home failed at the court of appeal today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 7th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Drug-smuggling pensioners jailed – BBC News

“Three pensioners involved in a £5m cannabis smuggling operation have been jailed.”

Full story

BBC News, 1st October 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Son of 106-year-old woman fighting eviction to take fight to Europe – Daily Telegraph

“The son of a 106-year-old woman threatened with eviction from her care home as part of local council cost cutting has pledged to take her fight to the European Court of Human Rights.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 28th September 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Man, 74, given ‘no speaking’ Asbo – BBC News

“A 74-year-old man from Devon has been barred from speaking to anyone aged under 18 in England and Wales.”

Full story

BBC News, 8th September 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Domestic abuse death police sorry – BBC News

“Police have been forced to apologise to a family and change domestic abuse policies after the murder of a 75-year-old woman.”

Full story

BBC News, 16th June 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Pressure grows for inquiry into deaths of elderly patients at Gosport hospital – The Guardian

“Pressure is growing for a public inquiry into a series of deaths of elderly people at a hospital in Gosport, Hampshire, as a doctor faces the General Medical Council charged with giving patients excessive doses of the drug diamorphine.”

Full story

The Guardian, 8th June 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Gosport deaths ‘not important enough’ to justify public inquiry – The Independent

“Questions remain after 92 elderly people died unexpectedly at the same Hampshire hospital, a story first highlighted by The IoS on 15 March.”

Full story

The Independent, 26th April 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

OAP guilty of sex act in cathedral toilet – The Independent

“An 85-year-old pensioner who regularly followed young boys into the toilets at St Paul’s Cathedral was told by a judge today he could remain free provided he did not spend too long in public lavatories.”

Full story

The Independent, 9th January 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Home fined over resident’s death – BBC News

“The owners of an Oxford care home have been fined £80,000 following the death of an 82-year-old woman with dementia.”

Full story

BBC News, 9th January 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Pensioner to sue after walking frame snaps – Daily Telegraph

“A pensioner is suing his local council for up to £50,000 after he was injured when an allegedly ‘inadequate’ walking frame it gave him snapped and cause him to fall and injure himself.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 2nd December 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Senile rapist, 82, avoids prison – BBC News

“An 82-year-old rapist with dementia has avoided a jail sentence for an attack he committed in 1993 because of his diminished mental state.”

Full story

BBC News, 27th November 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Doctor who lied after failing to visit pensioner who died in fire spared jail – Daily Telegraph

“A family doctor who lied ‘in a moment of panic’ after failing to visit a vulnerable pensioner before she died in a fire at her home has been spared jail.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 24th November 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Asbo woman, 83, allowed back home – BBC News

“An 83-year-old woman once described by a judge as a ‘neighbour from hell’ has won an appeal against an order banning her from living in her home.”

Full story

BBC News, 11th November 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Council criticised over care saga – BBC News

“A council has been heavily criticised by a watchdog for its treatment of a man with learning difficulties.”

Full story

BBC News, 12th November 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Fuel poverty campaigners lose high court bid – The Guardian

“Campaigners failed today in a high court bid to force the government to spend more to end fuel poverty.”

Full story

The Guardian, 23rd October 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Campaigners on fuel poverty await High Court result – Daily Telegraph

“Friends of the Earth and Help the Aged are awaiting the verdict of the landmark case against the Government, saying that Labour has failed in its promise to end fuel poverty for the vulnerable by 2010 and for all by 2016.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 23rd October 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Elderly to get more protection from thieving relatives – The Times

“New measures are being prepared to tackle the growing problem of family members who exploit elderly people by stealing their savings and pensions.”

Full story

The Times, 16th October 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Government faces fuel court case – BBC News

“Two charities are taking the government to court because they say not enough is being done to tackle high energy bills.”

Full story

BBC News, 6th October 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Asbo OAP ‘will appeal home ban’ – BBC News

“An 82-year-old pensioner banned from her home after being handed a second antisocial behaviour order is set to appeal, her daughter has insisted.”

Full story

BBC News, 27th September 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Asbo OAP told to move from home – BBC News

“An 82-year-old pensioner must move from her home of 41 years after being handed a second Asbo banning her from it and surrounding roads for five years.”

Full story

BBC News, 26th September 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Family forced to sell home to pay care home fees awarded £100,000 – Daily Telegraph

“A family who were forced to sell their father’s home to pay for his care home fees have been awarded £100,000 in compensation.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 19th September 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Neighbour attack pensioner jailed – BBC News

“A Nottingham pensioner who threatened and attacked neighbours has been jailed for six months.”

Full story

BBC News, 8th September 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Prisons accused over elderly care – BBC News

“Prison bosses in England and Wales have failed to respond to a call to introduce special policies for elderly inmates, the prisons inspector says.”

Full story

BBC News, 12th August 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Patient’s sex attack carer jailed – BBC News

“A care worker has been jailed for nine years for carrying out a ‘vicious’ sex attack on an elderly patient at a nursing home.”

Full story

BBC News, 29th July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Pensioners win sight drug battle – BBC News

“Three pensioners have won their High Court battle to receive a ‘sight-saving’ drug – paving the way for others to be given it too.”

Full story

BBC News, 22nd July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Solicitor General speech: crimes against older people prosecution policy – Attorney General’s Office

“Solicitor General speech: crimes against older people prosecution policy.”

Full speech

Attorney’s General’s Office, 18th July 2008

Source: http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

CPS publishes policy on prosecuting crimes against older people – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Director of Public Prosecutions, Sir Ken Macdonald, QC, said the Crown Prosecution Service was making clear to the public that it takes crime against older people seriously as a policy published today sets out how it handles these cases.”

Full story

Crown Prosecution Service, 15th July 2008

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Carer guilty of ‘sadistic’ attack – BBC News

“A carer has been convicted of a sadistic sexual assault on an elderly dementia patient he was supposed to be looking after in a nursing home.”

Full story

BBC News, 9th July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Elderly abusers to be targeted by Crown Prosecution Service – Daily Telegraph

“People who pick on and abuse the elderly will be treated more harshly under a government crackdown to be announced next month.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 28th June 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Elderly and disabled should get anonymity in court, review proposes – The Guardian

“Elderly and disabled people and other victims of crime who fear reprisals may get anonymity in court as part of a wide-ranging review aimed at improving confidence in the criminal justice system.”

Full story

The Guardian, 18th June 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Elderly dying before new living wills are sorted out because of delays and red tape – Daily Telegraph

“The official in charge of a new system of ‘living wills’ has quit amid claims that scores of elderly people are dying before their financial affairs are in order because of delays and red tape.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 31st May 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Secrecy law change to help pensioners – The Independent

“The Government is planning to reform data protection laws so pensioners in fuel poverty can be contacted directly and offered help, it was announced today.”

Full story

The Independent, 30th May 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Called into battle – The Guardian

“Yvonne Hossack has become a hate figure for the establishment, but the fearless solicitor risking bankruptcy to challenge cuts and closure of care services tells David Brindle how she is driven on by ‘a more ancient set of laws’.”

Full story

The Guardian, 21st May 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Court action over pensioners’ fuel poverty – Daily Telegraph

“Ministers are today accused of breaking a legally-binding promise to help pensioners pay for soaring fuel bills.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 9th April 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Law changed to protect elderly people paying for own care – The Guardian

“The government will extend the Human Rights Act to protect up to 300,000 people who have been placed by local authorities in privately-run residential and nursing homes, the Guardian can reveal.”

Full story

The Guardian, 27th March 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Woman, 94, died from neglect – The Times

“A frail 94-year-old pensioner who looked ‘like a concentration camp victim’ just weeks after being taken into a care home died of neglect, an investigation has ruled.”

Full story

The Times, 15th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Social care rules ‘inconsistent’ – BBC News

“The rules governing which elderly and disabled people in England are entitled to social care have been criticised.”

Full story

BBC News, 29th January 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Senior police officer accused of plundering widow’s assets – The Guardian

“A high-ranking policeman who befriended an elderly widow bought her house for half its true value and then spent years plundering her assets until she was penniless, a court heard yesterday.”

Full story

The Guardian, 3rd January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Pensioners challenge smoking ban – BBC News

“Pensioners are launching a legal battle against a smoking ban which stops them lighting up in the communal room of their sheltered housing.”

Full story

BBC News, 10th December 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Get tough drive to improve care homes for elderly that fail to offer quality service – The Guardian

“The government will today tell local authorities to use their purchasing power to drive out of business any care home proprietor who fails to provide older people with a quality service, delivered with dignity and respect.”

Full story

The Guardian, 4th December 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Dementia widow wins fight to recover nursing home costs – The Times

“A dementia sufferer has won a landmark High Court battle to force the NHS to pay her nursing home fees.”

Full story

The Times, 22nd November 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Elderly witnesses to testify from home – The Times

“Frail and vulnerable elderly people will be able to give evidence from their own homes via video link to courts in a drive to prosecute more crimes against old people.”

Full story

The Times, 8th November 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk


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