NEWS: QUEEN'S SPEECH - Incapacity law left out, but charities applaud progress

A group of charities has hailed the recommendations by the Parliamentary joint committee that considered the draft Mental Incapacity Bill as a "first-class example of how pre-legislative scrutiny can improve legislation".

The Bill was left out of the Queen's Speech for the 14th year running, but a report from the joint committee of MPs and peers that hosted pre-legislative scrutiny of the Bill, was published instead.

Changes recommended in the report were welcomed by the Making Decisions Alliance, a group of 27 charities including Turning Point, Mencap and Sense.

"It takes on board the alliance's views," said Richard Kramer, head of policy at Turning Point. "It stresses the importance of advocacy and of empowering people to make decisions for themselves."

The joint committee report said the Bill was not included in the Queen's Speech to allow for further pre-legislative scrutiny.

The same level of scrutiny will now be afforded the Mental Health Bill, which was left out of the Queen's Speech for a second time, and which has been criticised for appearing to put public safety before the needs of the mentally ill.

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