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Abolish the involvement of the Office of Public Guardian in power of attorney

Comment 5th July 2010

The Office of the Public Guardian's involvement in the Mental Capacity act and setting up powers of attorney is unnecessarily bureaucratic. Is there a real need or benefit for these items to be registered in a central database?

Much less complicated to arrange this through your solicitor as in the past, and avoid the filling in of 88+ pages (which are repetitive, poorly phrased and designed). This is before you have to wait 3 months to actually receive the power of attorney back having been charged a maximum of£240. There is no provision for urgent applications. This appears to be a waste of everyone's time and money, not least the public purse. 

Why does this matter?

Abolishing the need to register these powers centrally would save time and money, allowing an individual to avoid the slow grinding of The State's apparatus and allowing the Public guardian to concentrate on the urgent and more complicated Mental Capacity issues.

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