The vulnerable need protection but as often happens the Labour Party turned a good idea into a bureaucratic nightmare. Many good people have found their responsibility for caring for their loved ones suddenly taken away from them just for the lack of a legal document or they have been forced to spend money (taxed) on getting tbhis legal paper just in case a loveds might become inapable in the future.
I would advocate a simplification of the Power of Attrourney process, perhaps just building on the powers already i n force before the 2005 Act and a considerable reduction in the powers of the Court of Protection and the bureacracy, both local and judicial.
Why is this idea important?
It is an important civil liberties principle that people should have the right to care for their loved ones as best as they are able without being fettered by the state, subject always that there is reasonable protection of the vulnerable. By report, the state has not applied the 2005 Act in a caring way and many people have suffered great distress by the actions of the Court and bureacracy.
This could be a justifiable cost cutting measure by reducing the power and size of the judiciary and bureaucracy. Individuals will also save money by not being required to meet unreasonable legal costs.