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The status of the debate is slightly complicated, but the (unfortunate) fact is that the Government does not have to act upon the results of the vote on the 19th – although the fact that the debate is taking place at all reflects the levels of concern and interest inside and outside the House.
The best explanatory account of the background to the upcoming debate currently available seems to be on the website of the Shadow Minister, Debbie Abrahams.
Community Care Online was (very) quick off the blocks to publish an article under the headline Law Commission reveals Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards replacement (with the sub-headline: Government-ordered review recommends replacing DoLS with new two-tier system of human rights protections) . So quick off the blocks that I haven’t had time to read it fully.
You can find an overview and introduction to the report on the the Law Commission website which in turn has links to the report itself (all 270 pages of it!).
Leading chambers 39 Essex Street (specialists in Court of Protection and Mental Capacity Law) will be holding a breakast briefing (sold out!) on the Law Commission proposals tomorrow in central London, from which I suspect news, blog posts etc. will emerge.
We will keep you updated. More on this very important topic to follow, obviously…