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The Prime Minister has today set out the next steps in the easing of lockdown. See the press conference at Youtube: Prime Minister's Coronavirus press conference (10 May 2021) for details.

Between 4.00pm on Wednesday 12 May and 7.30am on Thursday 13 May, the following systems will be unavailable due to essential maintenance: our online council tax, business rates and housing benefit overpayments service, our welfare assistance form and our test and trace payments form. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards


Some people living in care homes can't always make their own decisions about where to live or how to be cared for, so they need extra care and protection to ensure they don't suffer harm.

This may mean restricting their freedom to the point of depriving them of their liberty by ways such as preventing them from leaving or monitoring them very closely to keep them safe. The Local Authority scrutinize these arrangements to ensure they are appropriate.

Further information

If you would like further information please contact us.

Contact us
First Contact/Social Care Direct
03000 267 979
0191 383 5752

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
03000 267 981
Our address is:
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UL
0191 389 8229
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