The applicants were former mental patients who had been admitted to hospital compulsorily under section 3. On their release they were to be given support under section 117. The authorities sought to charge for these services, and appealed a decision that the services should be free.
Held: Section 117 imposed a clear and free standing duty to provide support. The section was not a mere request to the authority to provide services under other provisions. Such patients might have greater needs and also have imposed on them restrictions. It was not inappropriate that support should be free.
Lord Slynn of Hadley Lord Mackay of Clashfern Lord Steyn Lord Hutton Lord Millett
Times 29-Aug-2002, Gazette 17-Oct-2002,  UKHL 34,  BLGR 557, (2002) 5 CCL Rep 500,  4 All ER 124,  3 WLR 584, (2002) 68 BMLR 247,  2 AC 1127
House of Lords, Bailii
Mental Health Act 1983 3 117
England and Wales
Appeal From – Regina v Richmond London Borough Council, Ex Parte Watson; Regina v Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, Ex Parte Armstrong etc Admn 15-Oct-1999
Cited – K v Central and North West London Mental Health NHS Trust and Another QBD 30-May-2008
The claimant appealed against an order striking out his claim in negligence. He had leaped from a window in a suicide attempt. The accommodation was provided by the defendant whilst caring for him under the 1983 Act.
Held: The case should be . .
Cited – Stojak, Regina (on The Application of) v Sheffield City Council Admn 22-Dec-2009
The deceased had been detained as a mental patient and supported after her release, by her family financially. Her representatives now said that the respondent had failed in its obligation to provide support for no charge. The authority said that . .
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Health, Benefits, Local Government
Updated: 10 November 2021; Ref: scu.174394