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Rescare covered the issue of DOLS and the repercussions of the Cheshire West case in several articles in Resnews, our newsletter to members, in 2016 and 2017. One of the repercussions of that case was that the Court of Protection became clogged with literally thousands of DOLS applications from local authorities, despite various attempts to develop a fast-tracking mechanism. The feeling of many was that the current situation re DOLS is unsustainable, not least the Law Commission, who in March 2017 called for DOLS to be replaced ‘as a matter of pressing urgency’.
We are grateful to the 39 Essex Street chambers for alerting us to the following in its latest ‘Mental Capacity’ bulletin:
Whilst we await the Government’s response to the Law Commission’s Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty report, the Joint Committee on Human Rights has launched an inquiry into ‘the right to freedom and safety: Reform of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.’ Continue reading
This inquiry will, in essence examine whether local authorities have enough money to meet their statutory duties under the Care Act. It is prompted by demands from non-governmental organisations such as the Centre for Welfare Reform, and by warnings from worried local authority representatives.
The Committee Chair Clive Betts MP explained: “Adult Social Care provides a lifeline to some of the most vulnerable people in society but is coming under increasing pressure as a result of growing demand and declining local authority budgets. Our inquiry will look at the financial sustainability of this care and support to see what can be done to allow councils to continue to meet their legal obligations for future generations.” Continue reading
The deadline for responses is Monday 4th July 2016.
Note: this inquiry is by the APPG on Disability (there is a separate APPG on Learning Disability), but persons with a learning disability, their parents, family or carers, may have relevant experience of or opinions about employment.
Here are full details of the questions being asked, and the instructions for submitting a response: Continue reading
The DoH is asking individuals and groups to respond to an online survey. It is also accepting written responses. Closing date is 30th June 2016.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will soon be carrying out the final stage of consultation on its strategy for 2016-2021.
The strategy will set out our proposals for developing the way it works to make sure it is flexible and responsive to the changing health and social care landscape, and continues to serve the interests of people who use those services. Continue reading
Care Minister Norman Lamb has launched the “No voice unheard, no right ignored” programme to strengthen the rights of people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions and ensure they get the best care possible. “no voice unheard, no right ignored” will ask for people’s views on a range of proposed measures, such as the right to challenge decisions about their care, the right to be treated close to their home and family and the right to design and control their care and support.
The consultation which will run for 12 weeks, aims to help people to live independently with greater input, more rights and more control over their own lives. Continue reading
The following was received in an email from Disability Rights UK. If you feel you could help, please follow the contact guidance.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) will be producing new guidelines for police in 2015 on how to handle discrimination complaints. The IPCC has asked Disability Rights UK to feed into this work by gathering some examples of disabled people’s experiences of discrimination involving the police.
We think that it is vitally important for the IPCC to hear real stories, directly from disabled people, about how they have been affected by discrimination or bad service from the police. So if you have an experience of poor treatment from the police, we want to hear from you. Continue reading
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has just published a report on how the UK is putting the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into practice, and is seeking ‘feedback’ from interested parties.
You may wish to read the report and then decide if you have anything to contribute. The report is (comparitively) short at 53 pages and available Continue reading