Luke Clements

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

What’s New?

NHS Continuing Healthcare statistics

The latest NHS CHC statistics for England show a small increase in overall numbers of people eligible for funding – up from 55,872 at the end of June to 57,016 in September (the figure stood was 63,000 in December 2014). …

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Unacceptable delay:

Complaints procedures for disabled children and their families The Cerebra Legal Entitlements and Problem-Solving (LEaP) Research Project at Leeds University has published a report concerning serious (and systemic) failings in the way that a number of English councils investigate children’s …

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Anniversary quotes

Two quotes: one published a year ago and the other 175 years ago. 14 million people, a fifth of the population, live in poverty. Four million of these are more than 50% below the poverty line and 1.5 million are …

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Unfortunately … there is no legal footing to justify us not funding

  R (CP) v. NE Lincolnshire Council[1] is an important Court of Appeal decision.  On one level the judgment demonstrates the complexity of the care / education arrangements for young people moving into adulthood – and on another it makes …

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Under 5’s school transport

An excellent report[1] from the ombudsman concerning the legal obligations on a council to provide transport for a disabled child below statutory school age. The report provides a helpful statement of the law and the requirements of the relevant statutory …

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Previous Posts

Education Committee Report on SEND

Post-16 students and free school / college travel assistance

So what do you do?

Direct Payments for Young People

‘Omg … will it never end’

Pre-payment cards and direct payments

Charges for community care

DWP and MoJ unlawful inaction

Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs) and social care responsibilities

Extra care housing: ‘just in time’ systems are for cars not care

Post-19 education transport costs

NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) and transitions into adulthood

NHS CHC and supine council leaders

Staying in a care home when savings spent

Can you cope?

Elaine McDonald

Personal Budgets: the tail and the dog

The charging regulations and injustice

Is Britain Fairer? No.

Continuing Health Care Funding and End of Life Care

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

Improving Flexible Working Rights for Carers

Disabled Facilities Grants and young people in England

The Misuse by local authorities of their ‘protection’ powers

Pet care costs and social care charges

The accessibility of Disabled Facilities Grant application forms

Another fall in NHS Continuing Care (CHC) numbers

Difficult questions require a ‘plan’: ‘transitions’ as an example.

Autistic children and care assessments

Administering a cap on costs [2]

FACS and fiction

52% of Carers are Refused Flexible Working – the Law Needs to Change

Carers and their Rights: Guide

Means testing children’s healthcare ~ by stealth

Musical beds

Direct Payments Research

Social care reform: avoiding the obvious [1]

N v. Romania (2017)

The Torbay judgment: from the micro to the macro

The Barking Ordinary Residence decision

The Cheese Sketch

“That’s what your DLA is for”

School transport costs rising

Deconstructing the social care ‘meal’

A dismal judgment

Another good judgment

What’s the point of section 5?

A human catastrophe

National Audit Office Report on NHS Continuing Healthcare

School Transport and local authority information failings

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

Home adaptations for disabled children and young people

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

Keynote address to the BASW Cymru Conference ~ text

Social Services & Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (updated briefing June 2017).

The Conservative Manifesto and social care

Social Care in Wales: A Guide for disabled children and their families

Community Care & the Law – 6th Edition

Care Act 2014 updated briefing (January 2017)

School Transport Guide

Late Spring 2016 Newsletter

Challenging reductions in care packages

New Disability Law Hub

Cerebra Problem Solving Toolkit 2016

New Edition ~ Disabled Children: Legal Handbook (2016)

Carers Movement – YouTube resource materials

Carers and Their Rights

Lecture Series: Assessment, Care Planning & NHS Continuing Care

Does your carer take sugar? Carers and Human Rights

Putting the Cart before the Horse: Resource Allocation Systems and Community Care

The European Union Structural Funds and the Right to Community Living

Disabled Children Parents’ Guide: Social Care, Housing and Health

Disabled Children Education Guide

The European Union and the Right to Community Living

R (McDonald) v Kensington and Chelsea (2011)

Social Care Portability Bill

Transitions in Mental Health Care

A Care Council Wales Guide to Child Care Law

The Equality Act 2010 and Carers

Carers Guide To The Law