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Welcome to the Making Decisions Alliance website

Making decisions is something we do all day, everyday. We don't always find it easy, for many different reasons. However, its a basic human right to be able to make your own decisions and yet millions of people are discriminated against and their right to make their own decisions is ignored everyday because of a lack of comprehensive legislation to protect this right.

The Making Decisions Alliance (MDA) comprised of nearly 40 national and regional disability and older people's organisations. It was formed in 2002 because the legal situation with mental capacity - the ability to make decisions for ourselves - was totally inadequate and affected so many people.

The MDA successfully campaigned for new legislation on mental capacity for England and Wales and was very influential in shaping the Mental Capacity Act 2005 which was passed by Parliament in April 2005.

Find out about the Act at https://www.publicguardian.gov.uk/mca/mca.htm

This website explains who the MDA were, why we campaigned for the Act. It also contains information about implementation of the Act


The information on this page was provided by members of the Making Decisions Alliance. It was last updated on 29 April, 2024

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