The impact of the Cheshire West ruling is well known amongst Court of Protection legal advisors and local authorities who are trying to deal with huge backlog of applications. What is most telling in this article is the estimated cost to Local Authorities is £80.1m but they are only given £35m from the Government!
The £117.9m figure for current costs includes an estimated £80.1m spent by local authorities on authorising and reviewing Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (Dols) cases. Local authorities in England receive £35m annually from the government for Dols and Mental Capacity Act work, and were given a one-off additional grant of £25m last year to cope with the Supreme Court ruling impact. The Law Commission said that £80.1m more realistically represented what Dols “is actually costing” councils.