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LGA responds to latest DoLS figures

Chairman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, says the Government needs to fulfil its promise to overhaul the system as a matter of urgency.

"These alarming figures are further evidence of the significant added pressure facing local government as a result of increased DoLS assessments, which is estimated to be costing councils more than £170 million a year.

"Councils are doing everything they can to protect the rights of the most vulnerable people and will continue to prioritise those most in need.

"But the Government needs to fulfil its promise to overhaul the system as a matter of urgency and provide adequate funding so that councils have the time and money to do this properly.

"Failure to do this will have a damaging impact on crucial council services on which people rely and will lead to more vulnerable people left facing long waiting times for assessments."

View related report: http://digital.nhs.uk/article/811/Latest-statistics-for-the-Deprivation-of-Liberty-Safeguards-published-by-NHS-Digital

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