Policy paper

Deprivation of liberty standards (DoLS): consultation response

Department of Health and Social Care response to the Law Commission's consultation on mental capacity and deprivation of liberty standards.



This is the government’s response to the Law Commission’s consultation on how the law should regulate deprivations of liberty (DoLS) for people who lack capacity to consent to their care and treatment arrangements. It sets out the government’s provisional view of each individual proposal and mostly agrees with the DoLS model.

Following the consultation, the Law Commission published a report on mental capacity and DoLS. The report set out its recommendations, together with a draft bill. The government’s final response to these recommendations was published on 14 March 2018.

Published 11 December 2015
Last updated 3 April 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added link to the government's final response.
  2. First published.