Aside from the COVID-19 pandemic, a key theme of 2020 has been diversity and inclusivity. This two-part update addresses this theme in detail
The MCA was the first Act of Parliament to be built upon a set of principles – firm foundations to underpin the ethos of empowering and yet protecting people within a decision making framework.
The radical change in the starting point - where capacity is presumed unless shown otherwise - has promoted the independence and involvement of more people in their own affairs, and for a much longer period of time, and to a considerably greater extent. There is still much to learn and to implement, not least in how this should impact on the day to day reality for individuals with impaired capacity - especially with institutions whose systems are geared towards a ‘yes or no’ approach rather than a more nuanced and individualised attitude.
At Anthony Collins Solicitors, our approach to clients for whom we act as Deputy seeks always to put the individual at the centre. We know it is often the ‘little things’ that make the biggest difference to a person’s life and sense of being valued. We recognise that a diagnosis which impacts on the ability to understand will affect each person in a unique way – and that no two people and no two expressions of an illness or injury are the same.
With this in mind, we decided to round off our celebrations of the 10th Anniversary of the MCA in our own way. Rather than simply offer a retrospective for fellow professionals, looking at how the law has developed, we decided to concentrate on our clients – those with whom we walk daily, aiming to make a difference.
So what better way to celebrate than with a party? Tea, cake, magic, balloons and good company were the order of the day, and we were delighted to welcome over 50 people – clients and their supporters, carers, family and friends - to our tea party.
It was a truly memorable day with moments that will make us – and hopefully our clients – smile well into the next 10 years.
We look forward to working with you, and the people who are important to you, where loss of or impaired capacity is an issue.
For more information
Please contact Donna Holmes.
Covid-19 has resulted, on the whole, in a marked co-operation between contracting authorities and their suppliers as everybody focuses on maintaining delivery as far as possible.
Employment Tribunal rules in favour of claimants in minimum wage case – has the interpretation of “working time” changed?
As we enter a recession, we have been here before, and a key question is what did we learn and how can we benefit from that learning?
It is anticipated that as lockdown restrictions ease, and particularly with children and young adults returning to education, cases of meningitis will start to rise.
As we continue to emerge from lockdown measures and deal with local measures and the short and long term economic impact of Covid-19, local authorities will need to re-assess how services will be delivered for years to come.
The Government first announced plans for a shared ownership right to buy in October 2019. At the time the sector raised concerns about the impact the plans would have on housing associations ability to borrow. An election and a pandemic later the Government announced, during the CIH Housing Festival last week, the return of the right to shared ownership as part of its Affordable Homes Programme (AHP).
Two final pieces of the possession jigsaw have been published on 15 September 2020. Mr Justice Knowles’ working group on possession proceedings has issued its guidance on the “overall arrangements” for possession proceedings.
One change proposed by the Building Safety Bill is the introduction of a duty holder regime, which will see statutory responsibility for the safety of higher risk buildings placed on key individuals
Throughout this pandemic, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been publishing various “Statements on Coronavirus” (Statements) which provide guidance on consumer rights during this time.
To receive invitations to our events, as well as information and articles on legal issues and sector developments that are of interest to you, please sign up to Newsroom.