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Adult Social Care Glossary, v 0.41

Fettering of discretion

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Plain English definition
Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) Jargon Buster

When an individual or organisation that is allowed to use their judgement to make a decision - because there is no fixed rule about what they should do - expresses an opinion on one side or the other before the decision is made. There cannot be a blanket rule about something that applies to everyone. If someone has 'fettered their discretion', they have decided the outcome before considering all the facts of the case.

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