OPG outlines plans to make LPAs “fit for the future”
The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has released a consultation in efforts to bring the Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) process up to date without compromising safety.
Together with the Ministry of Justice, the OPG is seeking proactive engagement with the community to ensure LPAs can be made and processed more quickly. Plans will involve introducing new technology that safeguards vulnerable people, but also brings in systems that make LPAs affordable for all and “fit for the future”.
The new plans will also make sure those without internet access can still use the service in a way that is just as efficient and builds a sustainable service that meets users needs.
Key changes to the process will be explained in a series of workshops - the last of which is to be held on 14th September. Topics will include safeguarding, user friendliness and how the new service will be fit for the future.
The OPG and Ministry of Justice are seeking views from stakeholders, donors, attorneys, and the wider public to respond to the consultation before 13th October 2021.
More details about the consultation and how to respond can be found here.
In the meantime, if you have any questions surrounding the drafting of an LPA, or you would like some advice relating to an existing one, contact the Private Client team at Downs Solicitors to see how we can help.