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Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016

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276.—(1) In this section “P” means a person who—

(a)is 16 or over;

(b)lacks capacity in relation to the management of his or her property or affairs; and

(c)is an in-patient or resident in—

(i)a hospital;

(ii)a care home; or

(iii)an establishment of a prescribed description.

(2) Regulations may—

(a)permit the relevant authority to receive and hold money and valuables on behalf of P;

(b)permit the relevant authority to spend that money or dispose of those valuables for the benefit of P;

(c)impose requirements as to the way in which money or valuables received under the regulations is to be held;

(d)require the relevant authority to keep prescribed accounts and records in relation to the management of P’s money and valuables;

(e)require the relevant authority to make an annual return containing prescribed information to RQIA.

(3) Regulations under subsection (2) may not—

(a)permit the relevant authority to receive or hold on behalf of any one person money or valuables exceeding £20,000 in total without the consent of RQIA;

(b)permit the relevant authority to receive from a person (“B”), and hold on P’s behalf, money or valuables which B does not have power to give to the relevant authority to hold on P’s behalf;

(c)permit the relevant authority to do anything which is inconsistent with a relevant decision.

(4) The Department may by regulations amend subsection (3)(a) so as to alter the sum mentioned there.

(5) In consequence of this section, the following are not acts to which section 9 (protection from certain liability) applies—

(a)the receiving and holding by a relevant authority of money and valuables on behalf of P;

(b)the spending of that money, or the disposing of those valuables, by a relevant authority for the benefit of P.

(6) In this section—

“relevant authority” means—

(a)

in relation to a person in a hospital or care home, the managing authority of the hospital or care home;

(b)

in relation to a person in an establishment of a description prescribed under subsection (1)(c)(iii), the prescribed person.

“relevant decision” means a decision concerning P’s property or affairs which—

(a)

is made by the court on P’s behalf under section 113(2)(a);

(b)

is made in accordance with this Act by an attorney under a lasting power of attorney granted by P and is within the scope of the attorney’s authority;

(c)

is made in accordance with the Enduring Powers of Attorney (Northern Ireland) Order 1987 by an attorney under an enduring power of attorney granted by P, and is within the scope of the attorney’s authority; or

(d)

is made in accordance with this Act by a deputy appointed for P by the court and is within the scope of the deputy’s authority.

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