Luke Clements

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

What’s New?

Autistic children and care assessments

A ‘What’s New’ post contributed by Priya Bahri of the Disability Law Service. Autistic children and care assessments – the problem of local authority eligibility criteria’s. Background.  The Disability Law Service is a legal charity that represents disabled adults and …

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Administering a cap on costs [2]

The second in a series of ‘posts’ considering the options for the reform of social care funding, subtitled ‘avoiding the obvious’.  The Government has announced that it will ‘publish a Green Paper on care and support for older people[1] by …

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FACS and fiction

Why is Germany’s military expenditure considerably less than the UKs’, despite Germany being significantly wealthier, more populous and closer to Russia?[1]  Why does Essex spend 40% more (per person) on social care services than Leicestershire? Although he does not make …

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

A ‘What’s New’ post contributed by David Laurence of the Disability Law Service. Disabled people are entitled to have reasonable adjustments made in their workplace conditions in order to ensure that they are able to work and can do so …

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Carers and their Rights: Guide

A pre-publication draft of a fully updated (2018) guide to the rights of carers to social care support in England.  Please let me know if you find typos, errors or if you fancy having a crack at providing an Index …

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Means testing children’s healthcare ~ by stealth

In England and Wales social services provide significant amounts of healthcare to disabled and ill young people which should be funded by the NHS.  Although unlawful it has been condoned by the Department of Health and the Welsh Government.  The …

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Musical beds

The latest report of the Public Accounts Committee on NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) in England[1] is to be welcomed – introducing, as it does, a note of reality to the discussion concerning the NHS’s responsibilities for people with continuing healthcare …

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Direct Payments Research

The School of Law at Leeds University and Cerebra via their LEaP Project are undertaking research on the adequacy of direct payments for disabled children. This has included Freedom of Information requests to local authorities to identify the standard rates …

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