Today I was preparing a 2 hour workshop for carers on community care law. To accompany the workshop I produced a short booklet for people to take away. I've tried to word it in plain English - well, as plain as you can get with community care law... I've put it up here (pdf) in case anyone might find it useful. Please feel free to point out any errors or omissions, or make any suggestions!
Also, as you may have seen, the Court of Protection delivered its judgment about the case W v M yesterday. The case concerned a request by the family of a severely brain-damaged woman in a minimally conscious state to withdraw her feeding tube and allow her to die. Yesterday the court decided that the principle of preservation of life was decisive in this case. I wrote about the ruling for The Guardian here, and I've previously written a bit about the background to the case here. Counsel for M's family acted pro bono, and Mr Justice Baker expressed his appreciation of their efforts to support the family, saying 'the family could not have had better representation'. He commented that: