There have been 3,000 complaints about the Court of Protection since its inception two years ago, over the seizing of assets of elderly and mentally impaired people against their relatives’ wishes.
According to a report in the Mail on Sunday the court has taken control of over £3.2 billion of assets and heard 23,000 cases involving people who are no longer able to look after their own affairs.The Office of the Public Guardian – which is required to act when a person does not have a lasting power of attorney – also took £23 million in fees from the bank accounts of those they seized money from.
According to the paper, there were 3,000 complaints in the first 18 months of operation – with allegation that relatives were not being consulted, large fees being imposed and that officials ‘raided’ elderly people’s homes for documents.
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Protection Court Seizes Billions From Elderly