72.Memorandum from Self Advocacy in Action
We are a group of people with learning difficulties
from North West Leicestershire and South Derbyshire, and have
been meeting together since 1987.
We have looked at the guide and would like to
make the following comments.
On page 3 point 2 we think you should also mention
different ways of communicating with a person when you are helping
them to make a decision for themselves. This is talked about on
page 4 point 4, 30 this point really should come after point 2
On page 5 point 1 you mention "there will
be a list of things to think about." This list is also referenced
on page 6, page 8 point 4 and page 9 point 2. It would be helpful
to know what's on the list, then we could decide if the Bill was
any good or not.
On page 8 point 2 the wording of this paragraph
is confusing and makes it difficult to understand.
On pages 8 and 9 you describe Lasting Powers
of Attorney and a Court Appointed Deputy. What are the criteria
for deciding who can make a decision to have a LPA and who has
to have a Court Appointed Deputy?
On page 10 point 3 would the person be able
to go back on an advance decision and say I do want to have the
treatment? Could you tell us what the "strict rules"
On page 11 point 2 you say that there will be
"special judges and staff". Could you tell us what extra
training they would have for this? We suggest that people with
learning difficulties should train them.
On page 12 you talk about the "public guardian".
How many public guardians will there be and what would be the
size of the area that they cover?
On page 13 you talk about the new law. We would
like to know about the other things the new law will cover.
Finally the draft Bill doesn't mention a person's
right to have an independent advocate.
We hope that you take our views into consideration.