R (on the application of Worcestershire County Council) v Essex County Council

Mental health – Mental defective. The claimant local authority sought a declaration that the defendant local authority was responsible for funding the care of a young woman, VC, with a troubled mental health history, pursuant to s 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983, in the period following her discharge from detention under s 3 of the Act. The Administrative Court, in allowing the application, held that the defendant's facility had become VC's place of residence for the purpose of s 117 of the Act at the point when she had moved there without any place having been held open for her elsewhere.

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