LGA responds to Law Commission report on DoLS

Media release 13 March 2017

Responding to the Law Commission's report on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), Chairman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, said:

"We have long highlighted the need to overhaul the system so that everyone who lacks mental capacity is at the heart of decisions made about their care.

"The current law is not fit for purpose, and we fully support the need for reform, and look forward to exploring the detail behind the Law Commission's recommendations.  

"Following the Supreme Court judgment in March 2014, there was a just under 70 per cent increase in completed assessments from councils between 2015/16 and the previous year, and a 380 per cent increase between 2014/15 and the year before. This increased activity has caused significant cost pressures on council budgets.  

"We look forward to working with government to learn from the Law Commission's review, and develop and implement a reformed scheme so that we are able to fund the work necessary to effectively protect the rights of some of the most vulnerable people in our society."  

10 March 2017


David Mills
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