Commissioning and monitoring of Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) services

Setting the budget

The DH has provided additional funding to local authorities and PCTs to meet their statutory obligations in relation to the MCA including the commissioning of IMCA services. For local authorities, these funds were confirmed for the year 2010/11 (see Local Authority Circular LAC ( DH ) (2010) 3 ). For 2011 to 2015 the funding for IMCA services for local authorities is included in the funds for Ongoing Personal Socials Services. This fund is protected with an inflationary increase (see Local government and the spending review: annex).

The DH has provided additional funding to local authorities (and Primary Care Trusts – PCTs) to meet their statutory obligations in relation to the MCA including the commissioning of IMCA services. For local authorities, these funds have been announced up to and including the year 2010/11. (See LAC(DH)(2009)2: The Mental Capacity Act 2005, resources available for the year 2009–2010). There is no longer any guidance on the specific level of expenditure for IMCA services.

In setting levels for future funding of IMCA services, commissioners will need to consider: