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News review: care homes, vulnerable clients, tax

Daily highlights from the national press and online

24 September 2013

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CARE HOMES

A report to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has shown that almost 4,000 care homes are putting vulnerable people at risk by not having a registered manager for residents. The Telegraph reports that there are plans for a crackdown, with criminal sanctions and fines of up to £4,000 for homes with no one in charge.

 

VULNERABLE CLIENTS

Comments on improving care for vulnerable older people must be submitted to the Department of Health by 27 September 2013. The proposals are focused on primary and emergency care, and seek to establish ways for NHS and social care services to collaborate more effectively for patients in and out of hospital.

 

TAX: MANSION AND CORPORATION

Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, has promised to tax large properties worth £2m or more if Labour wins the next election, reports The Express. The £7bn-a-year will fund a tax cut for the low paid, he announced at the party conference in Brighton. And Labour leader Ed Miliband has pledged to reverse a planned business rates rise for small firms in the event of an election victory, reports the BBC.

 

CENSUS CONCERNS

Genealogists have opposed cost-cutting plans to move the traditional census online in 2021. They say the new system would make it difficult for families to trace their roots, reports The Times.

 

LIVERPOOL CARE PATHWAY

The inquest into the death of a 93-year-old woman from Woodbridge, who died after being placed on the Liverpool Care Pathway, resumes today. Marion Bryce Smith was denied food and water under the regime at Ipswich Hospital, reports ITV News.

 

RETIREMENT

There is no link between working until later in life and age at death, researchers in Australia and Norway have found. Analysts looked at population data from Norway over a 20-year period during which changes in company pension arrangements allowed a significant number to stop work at 62 rather than 67, reports The Telegraph.

 

PROPERTY AND INHERITANCE

A chartered financial planner firm has underscored the importance of inheritance tax (IHT) planning, says Money Observer, noting that HMRC has collected £3.1bn in IHT over the past year partly because of increasing property prices.

 

ALTERNATIVE BUSINESS STRUCTURES

The first ABS founded by non-lawyers has received another seven-figure sum in its latest funding round. Matthew Briggs, chief executive of Leeds-based Brilliant Law, said the cash injection came from "like-minded and supportive investors", reports Legal Futures.

 

SWISS PHILANTHROPY

Some SFr110,000 (£75,000) of taxes paid by GlencoreXstrata chief executive Ivan Glasenberg has been donated to charities around the world, as decided by the people of Hedingen, near Zurich. The villagers wanted to give back some of the "extraordinary wealth to the people who should have received it in the beginning", reports The Guardian.

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