Banks offered new guidance on dealing with carers
- By: Joanna Faith
- 03 Apr 2013
- All banks and building societies in the UK have today received new guidance to support carers and relatives who manage accounts on behalf of other people.
The framework – and the complementary consumer guide which accompanies it – aims to help these people have a better and more consistent experience, reducing their burden at what can be a very difficult time.
Arranging to run an account on behalf of a loved one is a challenge faced by thousands of people every year. Since 2007, 536,941 Lasting Powers of Attorney have been registered in the UK to manage property and affairs, which includes the management of financial matters. In 2012 there were around 800,000 people in the UK suffering from dementia with this number forecast to rise to more than a million by 2021.
The guidance framework has been jointly developed by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG), the British Bankers Association (BBA) and the Building Societies Association (BSA), working in collaboration with the Law Society, Alzheimer’s Society, Solicitors for the Elderly and Age UK.
A multi-million pound cancer treatment building is on course for completion by the end of the year at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
The new radiotherapy cancer treatment building under construction at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY
Officials at the NHS trust say that the new radiotherapy cancer treatment unit is set to increase capacity by a third when it is fully up and running.
Plans for how the final £4.5m centre will look went on display at the hospital yesterday and will be on show in the east atrium for the rest of the week.
The work by R G Carter has hit the halfway mark and the construction project is on course for completion in October. However, hospital officials are not sure when the centre will be fully operational, which will depend on the installation and testing of a linear accelerator, which will be used to carry out radiation therapy on patients.