Taking data from around 130 Councils over the last two years, it has been found that DoLs Caseloads and Applications have increased in number to the point of overwhelming many local DoLs teams.
Between 2013-2014, approximately 1000 applications were processed every month, however between April 2014 – September 2014, approximately 9000 applications were processed per month. This is a massive increase and has been seen as a direct reflection of the Supreme Court ruling- which lowered the threshold for DoL in Care.
Reports so far are describing a number of breached timescales and several councils demanding emergency funding to deal with the backlog. Unfortunately the applications do not seem to be slowing, so this problem may well reach into the future for some time.