The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) welcomes news that the government has given Whirlpool notice that it intends to require the company to recall up to 500,000 of its tumble dryers over fire safety risks.
NFCC has been calling for changes to improve product recalls and manufacturing standards, including the need for a single Government backed register for UK product recalls, for a number of years.
The dryers affected are the vented and condensing tumble dryers branded Hotpoint, Creda, Indesit, Swan or Proline, that were made between April 2004 and October 2015. More
Kate Terroni is joining us in May as the new Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care. Kate takes over from Debbie Westhead who has been interim Chief Inspector since Andrea Sutcliffe’s departure in December last year.
Kate, a registered social worker, is currently Director of Social Care at Oxfordshire County Council. Kate is also co-chair of the ADASS workforce network and was previously Deputy Director of Commissioning at Oxfordshire County Council.
£240m Social Care bonus to avert NHS winter crisis
An emergency £240m will be pumped into Social Care in England to ease pressure on the NHS this winter by enabling more elderly people to be cared for at home.
The cash will help councils pay for measures like housing adaptations and care packages, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said.
“Getting people back home will “free up hospital beds”, Read
Scottish Health boards receive additional £10m.
This will be allocated to NHS boards to help cope with added pressures over the winter months.
Provided earlier then before, the funding, which comes on top of the £9 million already allocated to support unscheduled care all year round, will allow health boards to put robust plans in place quickly. Details
Electronic signatures are valid say Government’s legal experts. – Law Commission
Electronic signatures can be used to sign formal legal contracts under English law, the Law Commission has confirmed.
The Government’s independent legal experts have published early conclusions which aim to sweep away the current uncertainty in the law, allowing businesses to speed up transactions by going fully digital.
Changes to the law governing fatal accident inquiries (FAIs) in Scotland will bring the legal framework for the process “into the 21st century”, the Scottish Government has said.16 Jun 2017
An FAI is a judicial process which investigates and determines the circumstances of some deaths occurring in Scotland. Currently, an FAI must take place when someone dies in custody in prison or in a police station, or a death is caused by an accident at work. They can be held in other circumstances if it is thought to be in the public interest. FAIs take place before a sheriff, who is required to produce a determination setting out time, place and cause of death, and any precautions or defects in the system which could have prevented the death.