634. In general.

(vi)     Independent Mental Capacity Advocate Service

634.     In general.

The Mental Capacity Act 20051 creates a new scheme for the input of an independent consultee2 where certain decisions need to be taken for particularly vulnerable people who lack capacity3. Such decisions would include serious medical treatment or changes in residence. The independent consultee works with and supports people who lack capacity, and represents their views to those who are working out their best interests4. The provisions are intended to supplement the powers and duties conferred elsewhere in the Mental Capacity Act 2005,