Luke Clements

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

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Can you cope?

It’s a simple question – yes or no? If you are a parent of a disabled child – it is a question, when asked by a social worker, that you may dread.  If you say ‘yes’ you are at significant …

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Elaine McDonald

It is reported that Elaine McDonald has died.  She was by all accounts an extraordinary person and I hope she is remembered for this and her brilliance as a ballerina.  I did not know her personally, but sadly her name …

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Personal Budgets: the tail and the dog

The law is clear: a disabled or older person’s eligible needs must be met, either by the council arranging the services or by providing a direct payment sufficient to enable these needs to be purchased. Although councils are required to …

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The charging regulations and injustice

A guest ‘post’ by Brian Collinge, a former local authority Chief Executive and father of a son who has severe learning disabilities.  Brian identifies a major injustice experienced by disabled people caused by the English Government’s failure to update the …

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Is Britain Fairer? No.

Disabled people … are finding themselves increasingly excluded from mainstream society, starting in education and continuing later in life. …. . Disabled people are more likely to be in poverty, they face poorer health and a lack of access to …

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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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