Friday June 6, 2014

Local authority adult social care departments surveyed* by ADASS say they expect the number of deprivation of liberty (DoLS) referrals from hospital and residential settings to rise from 10,050 in 2013/14 to 93,900 in 2014/15. These figures have been given to the hearing being held by Sir James Mumby, President of the Court of Protection in the in the Royal Courts of Justice.

At the same time the number of DoLS requests from domestic settings where the State has a responsibility, and which end up in court, are likely to rise from 134 in 2013/14 to 18,633 in 2014/15.

According to ADASS: "Put together, these activities reflect an overall 10-fold increase from 10,184 in 2013/14 to 112,533 in 2014/15, while the councils polled anticipate additional costs of £45.195m for 2014/15"

David Pearson, ADASS President, said; "our first concern is that people who do not have capacity to make important decisions, or who are not free to leave a hospital, residential home or a domestic setting, receive proper consideration of what is in their best interests.

"We are also keen to ensure that their needs are met in a timely manner and that any process should not cause any undue delay as well as complying with the law. Clearly the judgement by the Supreme Court has clarified that a far greater member of people require an assessment and this has a significant additional extra cost."


For further information contact:
David Pearson, ADASS President, 0115 977 4636
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Advisor, 020 8348 5023, Mob 07976 837755

Editorial Notes

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors and senior managers of adult social services departments in English local authorities. Directors (DASSs) have statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people, adults with disabilities and adults with mental health needs.

In many authorities ADASS members will also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of housing, leisure, libraries, culture, and community safety on behalf of their councils. More than a third of DASSs are also the statutory director of children’s services for their authority.


* Survey based on 106 returns (70%) councils