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).
This publication supports Doctors, lawyers and other professionals who may need to assess a person’s mental capacity, for example to make a will or a Lasting Power of Attorney or to make other key decisions for themselves.
At Anthony Collins Solicitos, we work alongside men and women who, for a number of different reasons, may struggle to make certain decisions for themselves. We recognise that a diagnosis such as dementia or the onset of a mental illness can cause great stress and anxiety, and lead to a fear of loss of independence or control over their own life.
Mental capacity is the ability to make decisions for yourself. People who cannot make their own decisions are said to 'lack capacity’, whether their difficulty is due to an injury, a learning disability, mental health problem or a condition such as dementia that may affect the way a person's brain makes decisions.
A person may have the capacity to make some decisions but not others.
With appropriate support and advice, at Anthony Collins Solicitors we know that individuals with impaired or fluctuating capacity may nevertheless still be able to make important decisions for themselves, to prepare for an uncertain future.
A client may not have the necessary mental capacity to manage their own complex financial affairs, and yet they may have the capacity to appoint individuals they trust to manage their finances on their behalf, by making a Lasting Power of Attorney.
Sheree Green was delighted to be invited to share her expertise in this area by contributing to the updating of two key chapters to this new handbook; “Capacity to deal with financial affairs” and “Practical guidelines for lawyers”.
For more information
If you or a family member are considering making a Lasting Power of Attorney, please contact Sheree Green or another member of our specialist mental capacity team on 0121 212 7404.
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.
A recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the UK means new measures are being put in place in an effort to reduce the risk of a second wave. Whilst the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt, it is important to remain focused on the sector’s road to recovery.
Sometimes half an hour at a conference gives you the reality that has been staring you in the face all along. That was my experience watching “Change is on the Horizon”
Following our recent e-briefing on Possession Notices, Helen Tucker and Emilie Pownall from our housing litigation team discuss the impact of the changes on social landlords.
Not only has the possession stay been extended until 20 September, the notice periods to be given to tenants has been extended in certain circumstances with some important exceptions.
The Court has confirmed that a party cannot withhold its consent in order to re-write the original bargain.
Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, building safety continues to be a key concern for social housing providers and their residents.
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