The Department has published the . It announces funding for new local authority responsibilities for assessing and authorising a Deprivation of Liberty in a hospital setting.
Local authorities will take on these new responsibilities from 1 April 2013. They 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.
Additional funding of £5.4m is being made available to local authorities for the new role. The factsheet provides an indicative allocation by local authority and an explanation of how local authorities will receive the funding.