Review of social care law announced
A major review of the law under which residential care, community care, adult protection and support for carers is provided has been announced by the Law Commission.
The review is intended to establish a coherent legal structure, preferably in the form of a single statute, for these services.
National charity Action on Elder Abuse, (AEA) has welcomed the review, saying that at present, the definition of who is considered a ‘vulnerable adult’ varies according to agencies and according to specific legislation and there is no single, agreed understanding of the term.
AEA’s chief executive Gary FitzGerald said the review would address a significant area of long standing concern and one that affects many vulnerable people.
“We cannot continue to approach major issues of care provision, and the protection of very vulnerable people, in our current piecemeal fashion and we agree with the Commission that the law needs to updated,” said Mr FitzGerald. “Equally importan