52.Memorandum from Age Concern Cymru (MIB
Age Concern Cymru is pleased to see the publication
of the draft mental incapacity Bill. Age Concern Cymru has been
a member of the Mental Incapacity Consultative Forum and has shared
the information from the Forum with the 27 local Age Concern organisations
operating in Wales and members of Age Alliance Wales representing
national voluntary organisations working with older people in
Wales. There is recognition among these organisations that legislation
is needed to provide a legal framework for decision-making where
a person lacks mental capacity.
However, Age Concern Cymru is concerned that
the focus of the Bill is on the court system only. No consideration
is given to the powerful role advocacy can play in helping people
with limited mental capacity make decisions or contribute to the
decision making process. Advocates should not be a family member
and have no vested interest in the decision making process. Age
Concern Cymru would urge that the Bill should recognise the importance
independent advocacy can play in decision making and see it as
integral to the process.
Age Concern Cymru have been pleased by the consultation
process proceeding and following the publication of the draft
Bill. It has been helpful that workshops on the draft Bill have
been held in Cardiff. This has enabled more Welsh organisations
and members of the public to participate in the consultation process.