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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2015-12-08
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Department of Health more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with which external stakeholders his Department has discussed contingency planning for provider failure in the social care market. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Cambridge more like this
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Daniel Zeichner more like this
star this property uin 19073 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-12-16more like thismore than 2015-12-16
star this property answer text <p>In 2013, Government carried out a public consultation (‘Oversight in Adult Social Care’) on a detailed set of proposals for market oversight and provider failure.</p><br /><p>The feedback from stakeholders including individual local authorities, local authority membership organisations, individual care providers, provider representative organisations and commercial experts formed the basis of a number of reforms in the Care Act 2014 that ensures people do not go without the care they need when their providers’ business fails. This includes:</p><br /><ol><li>Duties on local authorities to temporarily meet the needs of individuals and their carers where their provider is unable to carry on because of business failure. Statutory guidance to support local authorities to discharge these functions was subject to a full public consultation and can be found at:</li></ol><br /><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/care-act-2014-statutory-guidance-for-implementation" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/care-act-2014-statutory-guidance-for-implementation</a></p><br /><p>The Department also worked with the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the Local Government Association, and the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) to produce a guide to support local authorities to develop contingency plans for provider failure in the social care market. Numerous stakeholders, including local authorities, providers and insolvency practitioners were involved in the development of the guide and participated in the LGiU consultation exercises.</p><br /><p>The guidance can be found at:</p><br /><p><a href="http://www.lgiu.org.uk/report/care-and-continuity-guide/" target="_blank">http://www.lgiu.org.uk/report/care-and-continuity-guide/</a></p><br /><p>The Department commissioned the consultancy Cordis Bright to produce guidance to support local authorities with market oversight at the local level to enable them to meet their new responsibilities under the Care Act for ensuring continuity of care in the event of a provider business failure. The materials were produced following extensive input from both councils and providers.</p><br /><ol start="2"><li>New duties for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to oversee the finances of care providers which are either large or whose provision is geographically concentrated as their financial failure would make it difficult for local authorities to discharge their statutory responsibilities.</li></ol><br /><p>The CQC oversight function will provide early warning to relevant local authorities in the event that one of these providers is likely to fail and their services cease. This will allow local authorities time to implement contingency plans.</p><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />
star this property answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
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less than 2015-12-16T17:43:01.72Zmore like thismore than 2015-12-16T17:43:01.72Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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4382
star this property label Biography information for Daniel Zeichner more like this
381125
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-15more like thismore than 2015-06-15
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Department of Health more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Services remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons remove filter
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to page 11 of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services annual budget survey, published on 4 June 2015, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policy of the findings that seven per cent of directors who responded to that survey are fully confident that planned savings can be met in 2016-17 and that a smaller proportion of directors is so confident in respect of 2017-18. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bermondsey and Old Southwark more like this
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Neil Coyle more like this
star this property uin 2452 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-23more like thismore than 2015-06-23
star this property answer text <p>Funding decisions for 2016/17 onwards, including on adult social care, are subject to the forthcoming Spending Review.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Department will continue to work closely with local government and the National Health Service to understand future funding requirements, including continuing scope and opportunities to make savings, to support decisions relating to the upcoming Spending Review.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
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less than 2015-06-23T10:41:00.48Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-23T10:41:00.48Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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4368
star this property label Biography information for Neil Coyle more like this
99860
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-10-20more like thismore than 2014-10-20
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Department of Health more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Services remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department will publish a response to the consultation Updating our care and support system: draft regulations and guidance, published on 6 June 2014. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency South Shields more like this
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Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
star this property uin 211058 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-23more like thismore than 2014-10-23
star this property answer text <p>A consultation on the draft regulations and guidance to support implementation of part one of the Care Act 2014 opened on 5 June 2014 and ran for 10 weeks to 15 August 2014.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Government will publish a response to the consultation shortly. The statutory guidance to support implementation of part one of the Care Act will be published at the same time.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Norfolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Norman Lamb more like this
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less than 2014-10-23T11:36:29.5537621Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-23T11:36:29.5537621Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Norman Lamb more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
57741
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-06-04more like thismore than 2014-06-04
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Department of Health more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Services remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons remove filter
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the annual cost to the public purse is of processing applications for free social care in England. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
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Sarah Newton more like this
star this property uin 198598 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-06-10more like thismore than 2014-06-10
star this property answer text <p>Access to State financial support for adult social care in England is means-tested and is not generally provided free of charge. In this way, individuals are expected to pay towards the cost of their care and support based on what they can afford.</p><p> </p><p>Adults with less than £23,250 in capital can seek help with the cost of social care from their local authority. Local authorities carry out a financial assessment to decide what an individual can afford to pay. Local authorities must take account of an individual's capital assets and income, including income from Benefits and the State Pension.</p><p> </p><p>Information on the cost to local authorities of carrying out financial assessments is not collected centrally.</p><p> </p><p>In its 2011 report, the independent Palliative Care Funding Review recommended the provision of free social care at the end of life. A series of palliative care funding pilots were established to test the review's recommendations, and these completed their work in March 2014. NHS England is currently analysing the financial data collected from the pilots. Once this analysis has been completed, a decision will be made on the issue of free social care at the end of life, taking into account this analysis and wider policy and financial considerations.</p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency North Norfolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Norman Lamb more like this
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198597 more like this
198599 more like this
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less than 2014-06-10T14:38:10.0283748Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-10T14:38:10.0283748Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Norman Lamb more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
171266
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-12-17more like thismore than 2014-12-17
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Department of Health more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Services remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons remove filter
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) actual and (b) percentage change was in expenditure per head of population aged 65 and over on adult social care services in each English local authority in 2009-10 and 2013-14. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Westminster North more like this
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Ms Karen Buck more like this
star this property uin 219191 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction true more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-05more like thismore than 2015-01-05
star this property answer text <p><del class="ministerial">Data on expenditure per head of population aged 65 and over on adult social care services is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. The attached table provides the net current expenditure per head of population who receive adult social care aged 65 and over, broken down by local authority and year. The last column shows the percentage change between 2009-10 and 2013-14.</del></p><p> </p><p><ins class="ministerial">Local authorities in England spent £6.7 billion on social care for people aged over 65 and over in 2013-14, compared with £7.4 billion in 2009-10. In 2013-14 the National Health Service transferred £859 million to social care but we are unable to include this investment in the overall spending figure as we do not hold information on how much of it was spent on people aged 65 and over.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">The attached table provides a breakdown of expenditure on social care per head of population aged 65 and over broken down by local authority in 2009-10 and 2013-14. The table also details the percentage change and actual change between those two financial years. The figures do not include NHS transfer funding.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial"> <p> </p><p> </p><p /> <p> </p></ins></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency North Norfolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Norman Lamb more like this
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less than 2015-01-05T16:21:02.717Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-05T16:21:02.717Z
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less than 2015-01-13T14:57:52.833Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-13T14:57:52.833Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Norman Lamb more like this
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star this property file name Revised table PQ 219191.docx more like this
star this property title Social care spend per head of population 2009-14 more like this
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star this property answering member constituency North Norfolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Norman Lamb more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Norman Lamb more like this
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star this property file name 2014-12-22 PQ219191 Karen Buck Table on over 65 LA Expenditure.docx more like this
star this property title Over 65 LA expenditure more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Ms Karen Buck more like this
419118
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-09-16more like thismore than 2015-09-16
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Department of Health more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
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star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to improve the quality of adult social care; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Mid Sussex more like this
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Sir Nicholas Soames more like this
star this property uin 10428 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-10-13more like thismore than 2015-10-13
star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to improving the quality of adult social care. We have taken a number of recent steps to do so.</p><p>In October 2014, we introduced a tougher inspection system by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Following inspections, the CQC now also awards each care service a single quality rating with providers rated as “Outstanding”, “Good”, “Requires Improvement” or “Inadequate”. Services rated “Inadequate” are being placed into Special Measure which means they could face closure if they fail to improve.</p><p>These new ratings and other information about the type and quality of care at every care home and homecare service in the country are now available on NHS Choices and the MyNHS Transparency website, making it much easier for people to compare the quality of services.</p><p>This year we introduced a <em>Certificate of Fundamental Care</em>, now known as the Care Certificate. This will help ensure that care workers can deliver a consistently high quality standard of care.</p><p>The Department is funding and working with a number of organisations including the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Skills for Care, the Social Care Institute for Excellence, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and the Local Government Association on a range of projects to help adult social care organisations and staff improve the quality of care. These resources include new NICE Quality Standards and Guidelines which bring clarity to what excellence looks like in care and <em>Commissioning for Better Outcomes – A Route Map*</em> that sets out a series of commissioning standards that will be used as part of local government sector-led improvement to drive best practices in local authority commissioning under their new duties in the Care Act 2015.</p><p>*Available at:</p><p><a href="http://www.local.gov.uk/documents/10180/5756320/Commissioning+for+Better+Outcomes+A+route+map/8f18c36f-805c-4d5e-b1f5-d3755394cfab" target="_blank">http://www.local.gov.uk/documents/10180/5756320/Commissioning+for+Better+Outcomes+A+route+map/8f18c36f-805c-4d5e-b1f5-d3755394cfab</a></p>
star this property answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 10559 more like this
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less than 2015-10-13T16:14:26.927Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-13T16:14:26.927Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Nicholas Soames more like this
105974
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-03more like thismore than 2014-11-03
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Department of Health more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Services remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department takes to ensure that local authorities are aware of their obligations to investigate complaints about poor-quality social care; and what assistance the Government provides to help them meet those obligations. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Mid Bedfordshire more like this
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Nadine Dorries more like this
star this property uin 212938 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-10more like thismore than 2014-11-10
star this property answer text <p>Each local authority is responsible for the quality of social care services it commissions. There is no national register or oversight of complaints in social care. However, local authorities are required, pursuant to the Local Authority Social Services and National Health Service (England) Regulations 2009, to keep a record of each complaint received, the subject matter and outcome and timescales for responding.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>They are also obliged to make a summary of this information available to the public via an annual report. The Government believes that we should be committed to ensuring the system for resolving complaints about care is compassionate, personal, responsive, timely and ensures lessons are learned.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Department established a national complaints programme board in December 2013. A comprehensive programme has been developed with national partners, including the Care Quality Commission (CQC), NHS England, Healthwatch England, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, the Local Government Ombudsman, the Local Government Association, Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Association, to bring about important changes to the way complainants are supported and complaints are handled across the health and social care systems.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We are informed by the CQC that it is committed to strengthening its approach to assessing complaints and concerns during inspections. During an inspection, CQC inspectors will use key lines of enquiry to ascertain the standard of care. A mandatory key line of enquiry used during inspections of adult social care is whether the service routinely listens and learns from people’s experiences, concerns and complaints.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Under the Care Act, local authorities will have a new market shaping duty, meaning that they should work with local people and communities and engage with their local care providers to facilitate a diverse supply of high quality services.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Care Act reforms should increase transparency and support more effective competition in local care markets. This will help providers of high quality care to attract more people, and to grow and diversify their share in the market.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We have just issued statutory guidance to local authorities about their new market shaping duties. Together with Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and the Local Government Association, we are developing a series of commissioning standards to improve local authority commissioning practices and encourage more flexibility, allowing providers to engage with them in new ways. We are keen to move commissioning from a “time and task” based to an outcomes-driven activity.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency North Norfolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Norman Lamb more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
212937 more like this
212939 more like this
212941 more like this
212944 more like this
212945 more like this
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less than 2014-11-10T16:42:56.6359808Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-10T16:42:56.6359808Z
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1439
unstar this property label Biography information for Norman Lamb more like this
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1481
star this property label Biography information for Ms Nadine Dorries more like this
227159
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-03-12more like thismore than 2015-03-12
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Department of Health more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department plans to take to monitor whether care assessments carried out under the Care Act 2014 include consideration of any companion animals. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Chatham and Aylesford more like this
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Tracey Crouch more like this
star this property uin 227484 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-03-17more like thismore than 2015-03-17
star this property answer text <p>Under the duty to promote well-being in the Care Act, which applies to all care and support functions in the Act, people’s well-being, including emotional well-being and the outcomes that matter to them, must be taken into consideration by local authorities when undertaking an assessment of their needs. This may incorporate an individual’s feelings and wishes about keeping a companion animal, where relevant.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Norfolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Norman Lamb more like this
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less than 2015-03-17T17:18:39.047Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-17T17:18:39.047Z
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1439
unstar this property label Biography information for Norman Lamb more like this
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3950
star this property label Biography information for Tracey Crouch more like this
105963
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-03more like thismore than 2014-11-03
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Department of Health more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Services remove filter
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to work with local councils to improve their recording and reporting of complaints against providers of social care. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Mid Bedfordshire more like this
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Nadine Dorries more like this
star this property uin 212941 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-10more like thismore than 2014-11-10
star this property answer text <p>Each local authority is responsible for the quality of social care services it commissions. There is no national register or oversight of complaints in social care. However, local authorities are required, pursuant to the Local Authority Social Services and National Health Service (England) Regulations 2009, to keep a record of each complaint received, the subject matter and outcome and timescales for responding.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>They are also obliged to make a summary of this information available to the public via an annual report. The Government believes that we should be committed to ensuring the system for resolving complaints about care is compassionate, personal, responsive, timely and ensures lessons are learned.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Department established a national complaints programme board in December 2013. A comprehensive programme has been developed with national partners, including the Care Quality Commission (CQC), NHS England, Healthwatch England, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, the Local Government Ombudsman, the Local Government Association, Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Association, to bring about important changes to the way complainants are supported and complaints are handled across the health and social care systems.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We are informed by the CQC that it is committed to strengthening its approach to assessing complaints and concerns during inspections. During an inspection, CQC inspectors will use key lines of enquiry to ascertain the standard of care. A mandatory key line of enquiry used during inspections of adult social care is whether the service routinely listens and learns from people’s experiences, concerns and complaints.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Under the Care Act, local authorities will have a new market shaping duty, meaning that they should work with local people and communities and engage with their local care providers to facilitate a diverse supply of high quality services.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Care Act reforms should increase transparency and support more effective competition in local care markets. This will help providers of high quality care to attract more people, and to grow and diversify their share in the market.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We have just issued statutory guidance to local authorities about their new market shaping duties. Together with Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and the Local Government Association, we are developing a series of commissioning standards to improve local authority commissioning practices and encourage more flexibility, allowing providers to engage with them in new ways. We are keen to move commissioning from a “time and task” based to an outcomes-driven activity.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency North Norfolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Norman Lamb more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
212937 more like this
212938 more like this
212939 more like this
212944 more like this
212945 more like this
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less than 2014-11-10T16:42:56.9533878Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-10T16:42:56.9533878Z
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1439
unstar this property label Biography information for Norman Lamb more like this
star this property tabling member
1481
star this property label Biography information for Ms Nadine Dorries more like this
222546
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-02-20more like thismore than 2015-02-20
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Department of Health more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Services remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that local authorities commission adult social care services at an hourly rate which provides for staff to receive the national minimum wage and includes travel time between clients. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bradford East more like this
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Mr David Ward more like this
star this property uin 224647 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-02-25more like thismore than 2015-02-25
star this property answer text <p>High quality, compassionate care for the most vulnerable in society can only be delivered by a well-trained, motivated and appropriately remunerated workforce. The Government recognises that pay can be a particular concern for those with the responsibility for delivering those services.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Care providers are legally obliged to pay their workers at least the national minimum wage - relevant time spent travelling between care appointments should be treated as working time for national minimum wage purposes in accordance with HM Revenue and Custom (HMRC) guidance. This is the least that care workers deserve and should expect.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Responsibility for enforcement of the national minimum wage rests with HMRC rather than local authorities. However, the Care Act places duties on local authorities to have regard to fostering an effective workforce able to deliver high quality services.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Government has recently published statutory guidance to support the implementation of the Care Act that describes how local authorities must meet these new duties when commissioning, which directs that local authorities should have evidence that care providers they contract with are paying at least the national minimum wage, including factoring into those calculations any time spent travelling between care appointments and that those providers found to be recently in breach of the law, should be excluded from the contract tendering process.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Government has also worked with the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and the Local Government Association to co-produce a set of commissioning standards that were launched in October 2014. These standards amplify the good practice set out in the statutory guidance in regards to fostering an effective workforce.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency North Norfolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Norman Lamb more like this
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less than 2015-02-25T14:47:02.347Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-25T14:47:02.347Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Norman Lamb more like this
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