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39Provision of accommodation by local authorityE+W

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(1)This section applies if a local authority propose to make arrangements—

(a)for the provision of residential accommodation for a person (“P”) who lacks capacity to agree to the arrangements, or

(b)for a change in P's residential accommodation,

and are satisfied that there is no person, other than one engaged in providing care or treatment for P in a professional capacity or for remuneration, whom it would be appropriate for them to consult in determining what would be in P's best interests.

[F1(1A)But this section applies only if—

(a)in the case of a local authority in England, subsection (1B) applies;

(b)in the case of a local authority in Wales, subsection (2) applies.]

[F2(1B)This subsection applies if the accommodation is to be provided in accordance with—

(a)Part 1 of the Care Act 2014, or

(b)section 117 of the Mental Health Act.]

(2)[F3This subsection applies] if the accommodation is to be provided in accordance with—

[F4(a)Part 4 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014; or]

(b)section 117 of the Mental Health Act,

F5...

(3)This section does not apply if P is accommodated as a result of an obligation imposed on him under the Mental Health Act.

(3A)[F6And this section does not apply if—

(a)an independent mental capacity advocate must be appointed under section 39A or 39C (whether or not by the local authority) to represent P, and

(b)the place in which P is to be accommodated under the arrangements referred to in this section is the relevant hospital or care home under the authorisation referred to in that section.]

[F6And this section does not apply if—

(a)an independent mental capacity advocate is appointed under paragraph 42 of Schedule AA1 to represent and support P, and

(b)the arrangements which are authorised or proposed under Schedule AA1 in respect of P include arrangements for P to be accommodated in the residential accommodation referred to in this section.]

F7(4)Before making the arrangements [F8mentioned in subsection (1)] , the local authority must instruct an independent mental capacity advocate to represent P unless they are satisfied that—

(a)the accommodation is likely to be provided for a continuous period of less than 8 weeks, or

(b)the arrangements need to be made as a matter of urgency.

(5)If the local authority—

(a)did not instruct an independent mental capacity advocate to represent P before making the arrangements because they were satisfied that subsection (4)(a) or (b) applied, but

(b)subsequently have reason to believe that the accommodation is likely to be provided for a continuous period that will end 8 weeks or more after the day on which accommodation was first provided in accordance with the arrangements,

they must instruct an independent mental capacity advocate to represent P.

(6)The local authority must, in deciding what arrangements to make for P, take into account any information given, or submissions made, by the independent mental capacity advocate.

(7)[F9 For the purposes of subsection (1), a person appointed under Part 10 of Schedule A1 to be P's representative is not, by virtue of that appointment, engaged in providing care or treatment for P in a professional capacity or for remuneration. ]

Textual Amendments

F6S. 39(3A) substituted (16.5.2019 for specified purposes) by Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 (c. 18), s. 6(3), Sch. 2 para. 6(2)

F8Words in s. 39(4) inserted (16.5.2019 for specified purposes) by Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 (c. 18), s. 6(3), Sch. 2 para. 6(3)

F9S. 39(7) omitted (16.5.2019 for specified purposes) by virtue of Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 (c. 18), s. 6(3), Sch. 2 para. 6(4)

Commencement Information

I1S. 39 wholly in force at 1.10.2007; s. 39 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 68(1)-(3); s. 39 in force for E. at 1.11.2006 for certain purposes and otherwise 1.4.2007 by S.I. 2006/2814, art. 5; s. 39 in force at 1.10.2007 for W. by S.I. 2007/856, art. 5

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