A new policy will help East Devon District Council’s housing services better safeguard the interests of council tenants who lack the capacity to make decisions for themselves.
This includes people with dementia, impaired mental health and illness.
A policy note has been approved by members of the council’s Housing Review Board and applies to provisions set down in the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
Councillors noted increasing numbers of vulnerable people living in the community whose mental capacity was inhibited by disease, mental ill health, injury, or disability.
They acknowledged the authority had a responsibility to safeguard council tenants’ interests in line with the statutory requirements.
The policy note facilitates “the necessary decisions to be made in relation to council housing services, including homelessness”.
In addition, it aims to ensure the best interests of individuals whose mental capacity may be in doubt and minimise the potential for litigation.
Training on the Mental Capacity Act for appropriate staff was undertaken in April.