Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards funding

Via Department of Health

The Department of Health has announced funding of £5.4 million for new local authority responsibilities for assessing and authorising a Deprivation of Liberty in a hospital setting.

Download the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) Funding Factsheet for 2013-14

The factsheet provides an indicative allocation by local authority and an explanation of how local authorities will receive the funding.

From 1 April 2013 local authorities will become the Supervisory Body for the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in hospitals, a role currently undertaken by Primary Care Trusts. Hospitals will apply to local authority Supervisory Bodies where they think they may need to deprive a patient of their liberty to treat them.