COP applications show no sign of slowing down

Latest statistics show that property and affairs Deputyship, Lasting Power of Attorney, and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) applications continue to increase with 8,110 applications made under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) between April to June 2019, which is up 9% on the equivalent quarter in 2018.  Just less than half, 44%, were applications for the appointment of a property and affairs deputy.  In total, 11,814 Orders were made under the MCA, which is a 31% increase on the same period last year and has been attributed to a 72% increase in Orders by an existing deputy, which accounted for 36% of all Orders made.

The report also shows that there were 1,372 applications relating to DoLS, up 18% on the equivalent quarter, whilst the number of Orders made increased by 17% to 651 over the same period. 

Lastly, 225,289  Powers of Attorney (POA) were also received during the period, up 12% on April to June 2018, with only 99% of those being Lasting Powers of Attorney.

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