Davey v Oxfordshire CC: The tactics of austerity

Anyone with an interest in independent living must read the (depressing) judgment in Davey v Oxfordshire CC, handed down yesterday.  It touches upon such important issues as  the domestic legal status of Article 19 CRPD, the meaning(s) of independence, and how effectively independent living is realised by the Care Act 2014. In (very) brief, Luke Davey is a disabled…

The elusive Article 19

There are a thousand things I need to do this morning – including clearing up the porridge bomb that’s gone off in my kitchen* and some actual work – so my apologies that this is a hastily dashed out and poorly referenced blog post rant.  It’s just easier than trying to reply in 140 characters to the millions…

(Proto)toddlers and other news

Technically still a baby, but well on her way to toddling, Meg is growing, giggling and scrambling over everything. Not sure when the sleeping through the night bit happens but we live in hope.  A quick post with some news.  Firstly, apologies if you received out of office replies saying I’d be back this month,…

Call for participants – VOICES project

Greetings from maternity leave. Below is a guest post by Eilionoir Flynn, Liz Brosnan and Clíona De Bhailís about the excellent VOICES project at NUI Galway.  It’s an awesome project, so please spread the word.  Eilionoir informs me the deadline for participants has been extended to 21 March, so get your skates on!   Call for…

National Mental Capacity Action Event

I’ve been asked to share word of a forthcoming event organised by the Department of Health, Ministry of Justice and Baroness Finlay of the newly established National Mental Capacity Forum.  The purpose of the event is to: Profile current best practice from around England and Wales Identify MCA improvement priorities for the coming year Gather…

Guest post from Piers Gooding: Unfitness to plead

Whilst I’m busy learning to complete tasks one handed and with no sleep, Piers Gooding from the University of Melbourne has kindly volunteered this guest post on the his recent work on unfitness to plead. Despite the aforementioned sleep deprivation I found his blog post and the summary of the Law Commission’s final report really interesting – I hope you do as…

Baby Meg

Apologies that this is a little late, but baby Meg was born last week. Thanks very much to everyone who sent emails and cards, we’ll reply as soon as we can. The first week had its ups and downs but we’re both home now and recovering well. I’ll probably be a little hard to reach…