In 2013 a 91 year old man was whisked away from his home and locked away for 17 months in a dementia unit of a care home in Essex by Essex County Council, and was only released thanks to his friend, petitioning the Court of Protection. Mr P’s legal costs apparently amounted to over £64,000. On top of this, the costs of the care home were between £23,000 to £25,000.  The judge said “ECC’s conduct was reprehensible”.

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