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Recently we have noticed that there has been a large increase in enquiries by carers about Guardianships and it appears that Social Word departments are encouraging carers to apply for guardianship powers. We understand that this is in response to direct payments being introduced by the Local Authorities following new budget proposals.

Unfortunately the information that carers are given about guardianship is not often the information they need on the practical issues of applying to be a guardian. For example they are not told how long the process takes and they are not made aware of the special Legal Aid provisions that apply to a guardianship application.

There has been a large increase in Guardianship Application in the court and this is causing delays in some guardianship applications. Our Mr Lunny is currently handling a number of Guardianships cases across Lanarkshire and the central belt and if you need any information about this process please telephone him or his secretary.