Luke Clements

Luke Clements is the Cerebra Professor of Law at Leeds University and is a solicitor.

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Another good judgment

Following the excellent UNISON judgment (justice is not a commodity to be traded) comes another: an Upper Tribunal decision R (CJ) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions concerning the right to challenge social security entitlement decisions.  The ‘intended …

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What’s the point of section 5?

Section 5 Care Act 2014 places a duty on councils to promote an efficient and effective care market: such markets must promote user choice, have a variety of high quality providers and have sufficient services to meet local needs.   …

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A human catastrophe

It needs saying and it needs resaying: the maintenance of austerity politics to advance a neoliberal political agenda has ‘led to a human catastrophe’ for people with disabilities in the UK. Theresia Degener, in saying this was merely describing the …

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National Audit Office Report on NHS Continuing Healthcare

A NAO report on its Investigation into NHS continuing healthcare funding (CHC) makes interesting / depressing reading.  The Press Release accompanying the Full Report notes that spending on CHC, NHS-funded nursing care and assessment costs amounted to £3,607 million in 2015-16 …

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School Transport and local authority information failings

A research report by the Cerebra Legal Entitlements and Problem-Solving (LEaP) Project at the School of Law, Leeds University has found serious deficiencies with the accuracy and accessibility of their information on English local authority websites concerning the concerning the right of …

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R (JF) v Merton LBC ~ High Court Social Care Law Assessment judgment

. R (JF) v The London Borough of Merton [2017] EWHC 1519 (Admin) concerned a young man (JF) with complex needs. The High Court held to be unlawful: (1) an assessment undertaken by Merton LBC; and (2) a decision that …

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Home adaptations for disabled children and young people

A research report by the Cerebra Legal Entitlements and Problem-Solving (LEaP) Project at the School of Law, Leeds University has found that the use of Disabled Facilities Grants and other funding streams for adaptations is highly cost effective.  The report …

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New Edition of the “Cerebra Accessing Public Services: Problem Solving Toolkit”

An updated version of the Toolkit has now been published.  To download click here 

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