IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Wednesday, 25 May 2016

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Responding to the Law Commission’s interim statement about the law of mental capacity and deprivation of liberty, Margaret Willcox, Vice-President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said:


“Councils have a vital role to play in safeguarding and protecting people’s rights when they may be deprived of their liberty. We appreciate the time and effort that the Law Commission is putting into this important – and long overdue - review, and while we fully support the ambitions outlined within the interim statement to identify safeguards that are fit for purpose, councils are currently in a situation, brought about by the Cheshire West judgement, where they are trying to deal with a tenfold increase in DoLS applications without sufficient resources to come close to meeting needs. The review must be concluded as swiftly as possible, and the financial burden on councils acknowledged and addressed, to make sure that people who don't have the capacity to make important decisions for themselves are receiving the protection and services that they deserve.”