Government changes to Mental Health Capacity Act places human rights of disabled people in jeopardy

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PictureUnder the Conservative government, applications for the Deprivation of Liberty of citizens have soared. (Source: Court of Protection hub.) 

Last month I wrote an article about the government’s under the radar proposed changes to the Mental Capacity Act, raising my concerns about how it threatens human rights – Government changes to Mental Capacity Act threatens human rights of vulnerable citizens.

Deprivation of Liberty, which is defined in part of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, is there to ensure that there are checks and balances for a person placed in care, that decisions are made in their best interest and that an independent advocate can be appointed to speak on their behalf in these decision making processes. The government asked the Law Commission to review the legal framework that is called Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLs) which is put in place when a person who lacks capacity is placed in…

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Trump attack on Assange, press freedom

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This 16 November 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Possible Indictment Of Wikileaks’ Assange Prompts Press Freedom Concerns

WikiLeaks has been a divisive organization for years, with supporters hailing the group’s commitment to transparency and detractors calling it reckless and biased. Now that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is reportedly facing federal prosecution, that debate is likely to reach a fever pitch. And it raises the question: what is the difference between Wikileaks and the media at large? On this week’s edition of Beat the Press, Emily Rooney was joined by former CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian, Tom Fiedler of Boston University, Dan Kennedy of Northeastern University and Callie Crossley of WGBH News.

By Glenn Greenwald, 16 November 2018:

As the Obama DOJ Concluded, Prosecution of Julian Assange for Publishing Documents Poses Grave Threats to Press Freedom

The Trump Justice Department inadvertently revealed in a court filing…

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Ex-Army MP demands more help for suicidal soldiers but only handful of MPs turn up to listen

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As the UK marked Remembrance Sunday the Tories promised to help veterans.

Just four days later however only a handful of MPs could be bothered to turn up to a debate to support them.

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Tories refused to build social housing because it would ‘create Labour voters’, Nick Clegg says | The Independent

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The real problem with #UniversalCredit | Mark My Words

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Tory Minister gives disgusting response when questioned about disabled claimant

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Video: the absolute state of May’s attempt not to admit EU CAN keep UK in ‘backstop’

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Flatulent darts player accidentally leaks Rees-Mogg’s Brexit plan

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Children in Need is wonderful, but we shouldn’t need Pudsey to feed our children

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I have been saying this for ages: why should the poor be reliant upon charity, when we live in the 5th richest country in the world, if everyone paid their taxes, there’d be no need for cuts!
“It’s unfair to have people earning billions and other people living on benefits.” Out of the mouths of babes A Glasgow child

Poverty is a political issue and airbrushing its causes does a disservice to the very families who are in need
Pudsey bear is the mascot of the BBC’s Children in Need appeal.
 Pudsey bear is the mascot of the BBC’s Children in Need 

On Friday, the UN special rapporteur on poverty, Philip Alston, will release a report on the impact of austerity in the UK. Evidence from his two-week tour included the case of a child who relied on food banks for two years and took bread and butter to school for lunch. A few hours later, in a BBC studio…

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Theresa May’s ‘crying wolf’ lie is exposed, and it’s only a matter of time until the same happens with #Brexit

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