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released 20 November 2014
Safeguards are in place to protect vulnerable people who do not have the mental capacity to make their own decisions about any restrictions that may be made on their liberty as part of their health and social care. In the first instance, those arranging and providing care should ensure that restrictions on the freedom of anyone lacking capacity to consent to them are proportionate to the risk and seriousness of harm to that person, and that no less restrictive option can be identified. If they judge that deprivation of liberty is in the best interests of that person, the Mental Capacity Act 2005 requires that a 'Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding' (DOLS) authorisation from a local authority or a Court of Protection Order is secured. Local authorities are responsible for handling DOLS applications from care homes and hospitals. They are required to complete DOLS standard assessments within 21 days of application and doing so requires a minimum of two assessors, one of whom – the Best Interest Assessor – is required to have undertaken training within the last 12 months. DOLS authorisations are setting-specific, so new ones are required if people move settings. They also need to be reviewed every 12 months.
released 19 November 2014
The second Small Business Friendly Borough Awards for London supported by London Councils and the Federation of Small Businesses were held on 12 November 2014. The awards highlighted the work that councils across London are doing to support small and micro businesses, and provided an opportunity to learn from good practice. This briefing gives an overview of the winners and of successful small business friendly initiatives being implemented by London boroughs.
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Understanding the impact of changes to disability benefits
Monday 19 January 2015
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