Publication date: 31 Oct, 2017
Welfare guardians are usually a relative, carer or friend, who will make a private application.
In 2016/17, 75% of all applications were private. The remaining 25% were made by local authorities.
The number of new applications also rose, with 2,853 granted in 2016/17. This represents a 7% rise in one year, and a 114% rise since 2009/10.
Forty four per cent of new applications were for people with dementia or Alzheimer's disease, and forty three per cent were for people with learning disability.
A fifth of all new applications were for people aged between 16 and 24 with learning disability.
The figures appear in a new report published today by the Mental Welfare Commission. The report also gives a geographical breakdown in the use of welfare guardianship across the country, showing wide variations between local authority areas.
Mike Diamond, Executive Director (Social Work), Mental Welfare Commission, said:
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The Mental Welfare Commission monitors the use of legislation related to welfare provision, and parts of the law related to medical consent and research.
The Commission also publishes advice and good practice guidance on the operation of the legislation.
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