When will Liberty Protection Safeguards come into force?

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When will Liberty Protection Safeguards come into force?

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The Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) were introduced in the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act in 2019. The government is committed to bringing LPS into force to replace the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) considered to be overly bureaucratic and complex.

Originally, LPS was to come into force on 1 October 2020, but this was not feasible. The goal is for implementation in April 2022. Prior to this, a 12-week consultation is planned then a single Mental Capacity Act and LPS Code of Practice and regulations will be laid before Parliament.

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