The DOLS statistics for England during the period of 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016 have been published. Here are the main headlines:

  • This period saw the greatest number of DOLS applications ever: 195,840.
  • 105,055 applications were completed.
  • Around half of applications (55,320) were completed within 35 days.
  • The     average     (mean)     duration      for completion was 83 days.
  • 4% (4,335) took 365 days or more to be completed ·               
  • Half (51,330) of those not yet signed  off had been awaiting completion for up to 188 days (of which 21,370 originated as urgent authorisations).
  • Regional variation: for example, North East had three times as many applications compared to London. And 86% of applications granted in North East compared to 44% in South West.
  • The highest proportion of applications originating as urgent authorisations was 70% in the East Midlands.
  • 3240 Part 8 reviews were completed.
  • 84% of standard authorisations were for less than 6 months.

A table demonstrating the effect of  Cheshire  West may be found in the screen-friendly version of the Newsletter.