Easier Access to Powers of Attorney

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2018 National Retired Members Conference
15 June 2018

This conference notes the media constantly bombard us with reports of the ageing population and the increasing strain this is putting on our public services. What gets no coverage at all is the difficulties, for the individual and their nearest and dearest, if they are unable to manage their own affairs.

The solution to these difficulties is to register a Power of Attorney when older people are fit and well. Unfortunately, the number of us who do this is very small.

There are various reasons for this. One is obviously apathy and an “it will never happen to me” attitude. But it is also costly and complex to varying degrees depending on where you live in the UK.

This Conference instructs the National Retired Members’ Committee to promote a campaign –

1) to raise importance of the need for everyone to register a Power of Attorney

2) for legislation change to simplify and reduce the cost of registering a Power of Attorney so that they are available to all.