CASCAIDr stands for the Centre for Adults’ Social Care – Advice, Information and Dispute Resolution...
CASCAIDr works tirelessly for the furtherance of fairness and legal principle, in adults’ health and social care services – in other words, for the sound administration of justice for those who, due to mental ill-health, physical or sensory impairments, deterioration or disability, need care and support to enable them to work, study, stay safe or develop social networks.
It operates online, in a virtual space, and has no employees at all – just unpaid trustees/directors, and volunteers. It uses self-employed caseworkers who are informal experts in the Care Act, and health, social care and human rights law in general. We will work alongside barristers doing direct public access work and solicitors from affiliated law firms offering free pro bono work.
Since none of us can know, now, whether any one of us will end up dependent or lacking in capacity, CASCAIDr’s point is that everyone needs health and social care services to be allocated lawfully, rationally and fairly.
That’s why we think everyone will understand that this field of specialist legal expertise needs to exist and thrive, and that access to legal advice must be available and affordable to those most in need.
Donations to keep us going past our first successful year, and the purchase of packages of advice and training materials, can now be made.
As a Charity, CASCAIDr is be funded by donations from members of the public, and from housing and social care providers, advocacy organisations etc., service users, family members and carers – even social workers and other public sector professional individuals – anyone, that is, who shares our aims and objectives.
We also benefit from all profits made by our trading company, CASCAIDr Trading Ltd. This company will offer advice at a reasonable rate to individuals on matters outside of the scope of free and low cost advice provided by the Charity. Advice and training packagesare also available for organisations, at rates ranging from £150-£750 per year, for webinar based training, access to a searchable Q&A database about law and some advice for subscribing organisations’ own or clients’ issues.
We want enlightened business-savvy housing, health and social care providers, law firms and advocacy organisations all to contribute and/or invest in training packages.
Care providers’ financial security and sustainability is directly related to CCGs’ and local authorities’ awareness (or otherwise) of people’s legal rights to a decent care package. A personal budget from Health or the council has a direct impact on the fee being paid to the provider.
CASCAIDr’s management would like working with us to become a badge of honour for organisations – and hopes that one day, prospective customers might ask providers whether they support CASCAIDr, before making a decision about whether to buy care from them. The suggested level of donation for a service provider organisation is £1 per client per year for companies from any sector, but ideally £2 per client if you are able!
What will the impact of the charity be?
The advice we give enables ordinary people to set out for CCGs’ and councils’ management and elected or Board Members, why they must apply public law principles and make decisions in line with legal expectations set by Parliament in the Care Act and by government in the National Framework for continuing health care.
The advice output is geared to the resolution of disputes rather than the generation of litigation, but our existenceshould re-invigorate regard for legal principle, enabling a competent and knowledgeable workforce to make defensible decisions, in good faith.
If we are unable to reach resolution in cases where there is a clear public interest in challenging strongly likely unlawful practice or decisions, CASCAIDr will support the individual to CROWDFUND, on CrowdJustice, for funding an application for permission for judicial review. We will sometimes join in or even lead on litigation, as an actual litigant, if we can get a protective costs order to cap our exposure to costs, if the case is lost.
This enables wider access to justice than currently, because it is not restricted by limitations to Legal Aid or to lawyers offering a legal aid service, either now or in the future. If the council or CCG concedes the case on the basis of advice, before the crowdfund project has hit its target, it won’t have cost anyone anything, because CrowdJustice takes pledges, and only collects on them if the target is reached.
If the pledges reach the target and the money collected is not in fact then needed, because the public body decides to settle the case at that point, CrowdJustice’s terms mean that the fund is returned to the charity to use in support of its longer term charitable purposes.
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