New guidance on assessing capacity for financial decision-making.

Assessing Financial Capacity

Empowerment Matters has been commissioned by the Department of Health to write guidance on assessing capacity in relation to financial decision-making. Decision specific capacity in relation to financial matters may not be well understood or practiced and as a result people who have capacity to make everyday financial decisions are disempowered and have no control over their finances.

We are keen to hear from people who have views about what such guidance should include and to find out what would best help practitioners who have responsibility for carrying out financial capacity assessments.

Please take part in our survey. It takes about 10 minutes to complete:

MCA Updates

Challenge to the House of Lords decision – an impact on the DoLS safeguards?

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2 new Community Care articles on the role of IMCAs & the MCA

New research on the Mental Capacity Act & Mental Health Act

Cambridge Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Group have recently published their research on the Mental Capacity Acts Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and the Mental Health Act.

EM contributes to Japanese book

Empowerment Matters has contributed to a new book entitled “Re-designing the Adult Guardianship Law” published in Japanese.   Writers from all over the world have contributed.  Our chapter was about Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy and  advocacy. Some Japanese lawyers are attempting to influence the current guardianship system in Japan and are interested in how other countries and cultures address decision-making when adults lack capacity.