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Mental Capacity Act (MCA)

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) protects your money, health and welfare, if you cannot make all your own decisions.

How MCA affects family, friends and unpaid carers

The Act protects your rights and is relevant to anyone who has a relative or friend who may lack capacity. It covers major decisions about someone's property and financial affairs, health and welfare and where they live.

  • It covers everyday decisions about personal care, when the person cannot make those decisions for themselves.
  • It clarifies the process for caring for people who may lack capacity.
  • It clarifies how decisions should be made for your relative or friend if they are unable to make those decisions for themselves.
  • It sets out when you should be consulted about decisions made on behalf of your relative or friend.
  • It sets out how your relative or friend is protected when others are making decisions on their behalf.
  • It enables you to plan for a time when you may lack capacity.

You can find out more about mental capacity and planning ahead, including making and registering a Lasting Power of Attorney on the gov.uk website.

Page updated: 22/12/2020 Page updated by: MCA

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