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Appointment Of Deputies For Benefits Recipients

EDM number 86 in 2016-17, proposed by Norman Lamb on 24/05/2016.
Categorised under the topics of Benefits administration, Courts, Mental health and Powers of attorney.

That this House notes that Patients of the Court of Protection, people who lack capacity to manage their affairs, can have a Deputy appointed who can manage their affairs, including the ability to make speedy decisions on authorising payment for adaptations to the home and many other day-to-day expenditures; further notes that the Code of Practice to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 advises that people receiving benefits do not usually need a Deputy; notes the innovative scheme in a Suffolk, run by the Professional Deputy Service, which offers a Deputy service to benefits recipients; recognises that this has had a very positive impact on people's lives; further recognises that without a Deputy decision-making on vital expenditure will usually be delayed; and calls on the Ministry of Justice to change the Code of Practice to ensure that those receiving benefits can be afforded the same opportunities and decision-making service in regard to their financial affairs that others, with more money, already enjoy.

This motion has been signed by a total of 9 MPs.

Norman Lamb24/05/2016North NorfolkLiberal DemocratProposed
Peter Aldous24/05/2016WaveneyConservativeSeconded
Daniel Poulter24/05/2016Central Suffolk and North IpswichConservativeSeconded
Alan Meale25/05/2016MansfieldLabourSeconded
Jim Shannon25/05/2016StrangfordDUPSeconded
Paul Monaghan25/05/2016Caithness, Sutherland and Easter RossScottish National PartySeconded
Peter Bottomley25/05/2016Worthing WestConservativeSigned
Jim Cunningham25/05/2016Coventry SouthLabourSigned
Yasmin Qureshi21/07/2016Bolton South EastLabourSigned

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