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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.


In July 2018, the government published a Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill, which passed into law in May 2019. It replaces the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) with a scheme known as the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS).

The new legislation was delayed due to the pandemic and is now is expected to come into force April 2022.

Why is there new legislation?

LPS will create new responsibilities for NHS Trusts and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).

The code of practice and regulations are still being written. While these are being written, we are planning how best to support these changes. Once we know more, a new set of webpages will be launched.

You can find more information about the planned changes on the following websites:

Government consultation

Changes to the MCA Code of Practice and implementation of the LPS

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

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