This is the easier read version of the #LBBill post with Lucy Series’ ideas on how to make the Mental Capacity Act work better. Thanks as always to Anne Collis at Barod for these words. Check out the new #LBBill blog for more about our ideas to change the law.
Lucy Series has a blog. She tweets as @thesmallplaces. She knows a lot about mental capacity law – the law about how disabled people make decisions.
Here are Lucy’s ideas about how we can make that law work better for disabled people and their families.
The Mental Capacity Act has rules to work out what is in someone’s “best interests”. The rules may not fit with the United Nations rules about disabled people.
Ireland has got better rules for working out what is in someone’s “best interests”.
Families must have a say. They must have a say in working out if someone can make their own choice. They must have a say if someone cannot make their own choice.
Someone like Connor should be allowed to choose a supporter to help them make decisions. Canada has good rules about this. We need a rule like this in the UK too.
Everyone needs a good advocate. The rules about advocates in the Care Act are good. They are better than the rules about advocates for people who cannot make their own choices under the Mental Capacity Act.
Everyone should have the same rights to advocates. We also need a new rule so the advocate must appeal to the court if the person does not like what is happening to them.
This is what I think about Lucy’s ideas.
- Let’s put some of the rules from Ireland in #LBBill
- Supporters is a really good idea. I think we need to put this in #LBBill. What do you think?
- I agree with Lucy about advocates. Let’s put this in #LBBill too.
I have told you what Lucy thinks. I have told you what I think.
What do you think? Please tell us. And does anyone have any more ideas?