A person can lose his or her mental capacity at any stage of life for a variety of reasons, for example following an accident or through the onset of some form of dementia, such as Alzheimer's disease. The Public Guardianship Office (PGO) has the responsibility of overseeing the work of 'receivers' who have been appointed to look after the financial affairs of people without the necessary mental capacity to do so themselves. The appointed receivers are either lay people like close relatives or professionals, usually a solicitor or officer from a local authority. In 1999, the Public Guardianship Office's predecessor, the Public Trust Office, was criticised by both the National Audit Office and the Public Accounts Committee for failing to ensure that a large proportion of receivers submitted annual accounts; and failing to ensure, through its visits programme, that patients' funds were being used for their benefit. The Public Trust Office was also criticised for serious weaknesses in financial and management information across its activities. This report looks at the effectiveness of the PGO since its creation in 2001. It concludes that it has improved the quality of information it receives on the stewardship of the financial affairs of people who lose mental capacity and has begun to target its scrutiny, reducing the regulatory burden on some receivers deemed to be a lower risk. The Public Guardianship Office needs, however, to do more to target its resources, focusing on those cases where the risks of mismanagement or financial abuse are greatest. It should also make it easier for people to report concerns about potential exploitation.
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