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A new law seeks to protect the rights of people who do not have the mental capacity to make decisions about their care and to reduce the burden on local authorities. Read more here.

Care England has welcomed the changes that coroners will no longer have a duty to undertake an inquest into the death of every person who was subject to an authorisation under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Click Care England here.

An interesting article on the Lester Aldridge website about Parliament approving an amendment to the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (“the Act”) clarifying the legal position on when an inquest will be held following the death of someone who was subject to a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (“DoLS”) order.

In a new film, Baroness Finlay, Chair of the National Mental Capacity Forum explains how the Mental Capacity Act can support care staff with difficult decisons. Click here to see the film on the Scie, the Social Care Institute for Excellence website.

In her debut blog for Social Care News, Chair of the National Mental Capacity Forum, Baroness Finlay explains why greater awareness of the Mental Capacity Act remains vital to its effectiveness. Click here.

Some councils are taking the Government to court over funding for DoLS assessments, according to the Public Sector Executive website.

Research which focuses on the deprivation of liberty safeguards and the work of the best interests assessor, and the time taken to complete their assessments. The study concludes with some critical feedback from assessors themselves on how they see the system working at present. Click here.