Luke Clements

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

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Why investing £60k in home adaptations saves public money

Guardian article (26th July 2017) on a School of Law, Leeds University research project concerning adaptations and young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions.  Read the article ... 

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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 disabled children to free (local authority funded) home to school transport. .  Read more …

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

A brief case review of the judgment in R (JF) v. Merton LBC (2017). Read more ...

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Does the Judicial Review of a needs assessment under the Care Act 2014 matter in Wales?

This briefing considers the implications for Wales Social Care Law of the R (JF) v Merton LBC judgment.  Read more ...

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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 however identifies significant challenges for families in obtaining such support and also for local authorities in integrating these funding streams.  Read more …

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National Audit Office Report on NHS Continuing Healthcare

The National Audit Office has today published its Investigation into NHS continuing healthcare funding (CHC).  The Press Release accompanying the Full Report notes that spending on CHC, NHS-funded nursing care and assessment costs is set to rise by about  £1.5 billion  over the next 5 years.  Read more .... .

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'What Matters' conversations ~ Wales

In Wales it appears that many local authorities are using 'What Matters Conversations' to avoid undertaking the carers' assessments that the law requires that they undertake.  To Read More  ... ... 

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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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Critical commentary on social care law in Wales

Ann James, myself and a few other colleagues hope to begin the task of developing an ‘on-line’ critical commentary on social care law in Wales. We welcome comments, discussion and analysis concerning the state of social care law / guidance in Wales: the positive experiences and the not so positive experiences, issues and concerns that have come to light since implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 and matters that you would like to see being aired, discussed analysed and debated publicly. Ann James has offered to collate your views and this will enable us to consider ways in which we can support practice through writing and commentary on the Act. Ann’s email contact address is: anjames57@gmail.com

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Keynote address to the BASW Cymru Conference ~ text

In a Keynote address to the BASW Cymru Conference (7th June 2017) concerning the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 I express concern about the Welsh Government’s failure to minimise the turbulence of organisational change; to target resources on those in most need; and to reduce unnecessary paperwork. Read the rest ….  

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