Luke Clements

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

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Continuing Health Care Funding and End of Life Care

Opening address to the Association of Palliative Care Social Workers Tackling Poverty in Palliative Care Conference York University 13th September 2018.   One of our greatest achievements as a nation has been the creation of a free at the point …

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Families with severely disabled children should not have to live like this.

A report by the ombudsman[i] contains the above quote (said by the disabled child’s mother).  The report relates to a council’s failure (for over 3 years) to provide essential home adaptations.  Despite efforts by the professionals the funding panel refused …

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Improving Flexible Working Rights for Carers

  A ‘What’s New’ post contributed by David Laurence and Samson Dawodu of the Disability Law Service. Those who care for disabled people should be entitled to reasonable adjustments in the workplace under the Equality Act.  Whilst Disability Law Service …

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Disabled Facilities Grants and young people in England

Local authorities have statutory obligations to pay grants to facilitate access to homes by disabled occupants as well as to make them safe for the disabled person and those they live with.  In relation to disabled young people in England,[1] …

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The Misuse by local authorities of their ‘protection’ powers

Some disabled people and their families have had negative experiences of the way their local authority or local NHS body behave.  In some cases this behaviour feels oppressive and sometimes it feels like being bullied. In 2011, the Law Commission …

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Pet care costs and social care charges

For those of us concerned about the high level of local authority charges as well as those sceptical of about the ‘personal budgets’ agenda this is an interesting piece of research. Not infrequently, as the attached report notes, proponents of …

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The accessibility of Disabled Facilities Grant application forms

What can a cash strapped local authority do if the law requires that a grant be paid within 12 months of an application?  It appears that about half have decided to restrict access to the application form. A research study …

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Another fall in NHS Continuing Care (CHC) numbers

The CHC figures for the last quarter of 2017-18 have been released.[1]  They show that in April 2018 the total number of people eligible for NHS CHC in England stood at 54,411. Of these, 37,114 were eligible for standard NHS …

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