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Highland Community Care Partnership Com-pàirteachas Cùram Coimhearsnachd na Gàidhealtachd

NHS Highland. The Highland Council, Comhaire na G&agraveidhealtachd

Adults with Incapacity

The Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 safeguards the welfare and supports the management of the finances and property of adults who are aged 16 and over and who lack capacity to act or make decisions for themselves.

There may be as many as 100,000 adults in Scotland who are incapable of managing their own welfare, financial or property matters. This inability may be because of mental disorder or inability to communicate due to a physical condition.  It does not need to be a permanent incapacity.

The legislation allows other people to make decisions on behalf of these adults, subject to certain safeguards. The main groups to benefit include:

  • People with dementia
  • People with a learning disability
  • People with an acquired brain injury or severe and chronic mental illness
  • People with a severe sensory impairment

More information on Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000, its Codes of Practice and other related matters is available to download at

Forms to be completed by NHS Highland and NHS Highland staff are also available on the Scottish Government site.