Lasting Powers of Attorney in BAME communities

Lasting Powers of Attorney in BAME communities

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) is the Government organisation responsible for the registration of lasting powers of attorney (LPAs). An LPA is a legal deed which allows a nominated person(s) to make decisions on behalf of another person in certain circumstances. There are two types: one for financial decisions and one for health and welfare.

You may be aware that OPG launched a consumer-facing campaign in 2018 with the aim of raising awareness of LPAs as a valuable future planning tool. Take a look  

In response to the new and evolving situation created by COVID-19, we have now launched a second stage of this campaign, which aims to reach people from groups which have been particularly affected by the pandemic. People from BAME communities and areas where deprivation is prevalent have been adversely affected by the crisis and would benefit from the security a health and welfare LPA provides if someone should lose the capacity to make decisions about their own health and care. However, it is amongst these communities where the take-up of LPAs is at its lowest.

In order to make this information widely available to groups affected by the current situation, I wondered if you could help us to identify individuals and representatives from organisations who might be willing to act as campaign ambassadors and communicate messages to their audiences. If you think this might be possible, I would be very grateful.

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