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A guide to disability rights and services

The Government has produced HB6 A Practical Guide for Disabled People or Carers. This could be useful for anyone who has a disability or anyone who looks after a disabled relative or friend. It provides accurate, up-to-date information about your rights and the services you can use. It covers everything from money to holidays, and housing to leisure time.

The guide covers services provided by central and local government and voluntary organisations such as Age Concern and the Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation (RADAR).

You can read or print 'HB6 A Practical Guide for Disabled People or Carers' from the Department of Health website. You can also phone the Department of Health Publications Orderline on 0870 1555 455. The line is open 8.00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday.

You can also write to:

Department of Health
PO Box 777
London
SE1 6XH

A guide to enduring power of attorney

This could be for you if you want to choose who should deal with your financial affairs if you are not able to do so in the future.

What is it?

It is a legal process in which you decide to hand over, to someone of your own choice, the power to deal with your finances. They can use the power straight away if that is what you want, or you can make it clear that they must only use the enduring power of attorney if you become mentally unable to manage your affairs in the future.

If you do become mentally unable to manage your affairs, the person you have appointed will need to register the enduring power of attorney with the Court of Protection. If there is no enduring power of attorney, the Court of Protection would need to appoint someone (known as a receiver) to manage your financial affairs.

You can find out more about an enduring power of attorney on the Public Guardianship website.

You can read or print a guide to enduring power of attorney from the Public Guardian website, or phone the Public Guardianship Office on the customer literature line for a free copy on 0845 330 2900. The line is open from 9.00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday.

You can also write to:

Public Guardianship Office
Archway Tower
2 Junction Road
London
N19 5SZ

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