29 November 2019 – Community Care
Over three quarters (82%) of council bosses don’t know if they can deliver Liberty Protection Safeguards, due to replace Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in October 2020, according to a survey.
The LPS will replace DoLS and it is due to come into force in October 2020. It might be delayed due to a forthcoming election and the focus on Brexit.
The survey findings come after annual official figures showing the number of completed DoLS applications in England achieved a record 216,005 in 2018-19, 42% more than the 151,970 recorded two years previously.
The number of completed cases fell short of the number of new applications received in 2018-19 – 240,455, up from 227,400 the year before – meaning the number of applications left unfinished at the end of the financial year has continued to grow, reaching over 131,350.