They lied. On two counts.
They didn't submit their application until 25th October 2010 but throughout the period from 10th August until 25th October, they told me they had submitted an application and that the delay was with the Court.
The second lie was that they didn't submit a DoL's review application - they made an application to be appointed Steven's welfare deputy. This would have effectively given them complete control over all the decisions in Steven's life. The declarations they sought didn't even mention the DoLs.
Obviously, I didn't know any of this until we got to court but it was terrifying. I was used to them lying by now, but the implications of this were huge and the consequences for Steven were just awful.
These are the declarations they asked for in their application: