Mental Capacity Act 2005
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 is all about making decisions. It is law. Some people are able to make every decision about their own lives. Some people are able to make some decisions. A small number of people cannot make any decisions. Being unable to make a decision is called “lacking capacity”. The Mental Capacity Act is about making sure that people have the support they need to make as many decisions as possible. The Mental Capacity Act also protects people who need family, friends or paid support staff to make decisions for them.