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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
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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
381491
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-16more like thismore than 2015-06-16
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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
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, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals for changes to the Care Act 2014 to ensure that social carers spend sufficient time with each patient. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bath more like this
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Ben Howlett more like this
star this property uin 2646 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 2015-06-24more like thismore than 2015-06-24
star this property answer text <p>Care workers are routinely tasked with caring for individuals with intimate care and support needs, for example helping those who are older or who have a disability to do everyday things like wash, dress and get out of bed. It is unrealistic to think that very short home care visits, for example, those lasting less than 15 minutes would be enough time to do this - it is not fair on those who need care and it is not fair on care workers. Through the Care Act, the Government has made it clear that commissioning services without considering the impact on people’s wellbeing is unacceptable.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>It is the Government’s position that it would be inappropriate to introduce new or amend existing legislation to address this issue, for example, by specifying a minimum time length for home care visits. Short care visits may be appropriate for specific, non-intimate tasks such as checking medication has been taken.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Commissioning for high quality care requires a more fundamental culture shift where the outcomes individuals want to achieve sits at the heart of every decision made by a local authority. This is best achieved through guidance and support.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Department has published statutory guidance to support the implementation of the Care Act that describes how local authorities must meet these new duties when commissioning. The Department has also worked with the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and the Local Government Association to co-produce a set of standards to support local authorities to assess and improve their commissioning practices.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
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 2015-06-24T11:15:46.01Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-24T11:15:46.01Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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4445
star this property label Biography information for Ben Howlett more like this
386554
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-30more like thismore than 2015-06-30
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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, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to impose a time limit for local councils to undertake care and support assessments following a referral. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Leeds North West more like this
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Greg Mulholland more like this
star this property uin 4789 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 2015-07-08more like thismore than 2015-07-08
star this property answer text <p>The Government does not intend to impose such a time limit. The Care Act 2014 places a duty on local authorities to carry out a needs assessment on any adult with an appearance of having care and support needs, and any carer with the need for support. Local authorities are under a general duty to carry out their functions in a timely manner, and this includes when they should start an assessment following initial contact from the adult or after a referral.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Assessments can take different periods of time to undertake depending on the needs of the adult and their ability to be involved in the assessment. To ensure that assessments are carried out in a manner that is suitable to the adult, the Care and Support (Assessment) Regulations 2014 requires all assessments to be carried out in in an appropriate and proportionate manner and have regard to:</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>(a) the wishes and preferences of the individual;</p><p> </p><p>(b) the outcomes the individual seeks from the assessment; and</p><p> </p><p>(c) the severity and overall extent of the individual’s needs.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Care Act statutory guidance clarifies that “an assessment should be carried out over an appropriate and reasonable timescale taking into account the urgency of needs and a consideration of any fluctuation in those needs. Local authorities should inform the individual of an indicative timescale over which their assessment will be conducted and keep the person informed throughout the process”.</p><p> </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 4828 more like this
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less than 2015-07-08T13:33:24.6Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-08T13:33:24.6Z
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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 Greg Mulholland more like this
386559
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-30more like thismore than 2015-06-30
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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 guidance his Department issues to local authorities on the length of time a care and support assessment following a referral should take. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Leeds North West more like this
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Greg Mulholland more like this
star this property uin 4828 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 2015-07-08more like thismore than 2015-07-08
star this property answer text <p>The Government does not intend to impose such a time limit. The Care Act 2014 places a duty on local authorities to carry out a needs assessment on any adult with an appearance of having care and support needs, and any carer with the need for support. Local authorities are under a general duty to carry out their functions in a timely manner, and this includes when they should start an assessment following initial contact from the adult or after a referral.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Assessments can take different periods of time to undertake depending on the needs of the adult and their ability to be involved in the assessment. To ensure that assessments are carried out in a manner that is suitable to the adult, the Care and Support (Assessment) Regulations 2014 requires all assessments to be carried out in in an appropriate and proportionate manner and have regard to:</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>(a) the wishes and preferences of the individual;</p><p> </p><p>(b) the outcomes the individual seeks from the assessment; and</p><p> </p><p>(c) the severity and overall extent of the individual’s needs.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Care Act statutory guidance clarifies that “an assessment should be carried out over an appropriate and reasonable timescale taking into account the urgency of needs and a consideration of any fluctuation in those needs. Local authorities should inform the individual of an indicative timescale over which their assessment will be conducted and keep the person informed throughout the process”.</p><p> </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 4789 more like this
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less than 2015-07-08T13:33:24.713Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-08T13:33:24.713Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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1540
star this property label Biography information for Greg Mulholland 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
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 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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1201
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
419486
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-09-17more like thismore than 2015-09-17
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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
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve the quality of adult social care provided by local authorities; 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 10559 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 10428 more like this
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less than 2015-10-13T16:14:27.593Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-13T16:14:27.593Z
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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
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-10-09more like thismore than 2015-10-09
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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 measures his Department is taking to improve social care quality. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Houghton and Sunderland South more like this
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Bridget Phillipson more like this
star this property uin 10852 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 2015-10-14more like thismore than 2015-10-14
star this property answer text <p>I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 13 October 2015 to Question <a href="http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2015-09-16/10428/" target="_blank">10428</a>.</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 2015-10-14T14:32:18.957Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-14T14:32:18.957Z
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1201
unstar this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Bridget Phillipson more like this
421943
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-10-16more like thismore than 2015-10-16
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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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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve working conditions for employees in the social care sector. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Copeland more like this
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Mr Jamie Reed more like this
star this property uin 12194 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 2015-10-26more like thismore than 2015-10-26
star this property answer text <p>The Government has taken a number of measures to improve working conditions for employees in the social care sector.</p><br /><p>The Government has taken action where social care providers have not previously paid the National Minimum Wage, to ensure staff receive the money owed to them and are paid fairly in future. The Government will introduce a National Living Wage from April 2016 to ensure care workers are better paid for the vital work they do. Guidance from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs has been updated to make it clear when staff must be paid for travelling time and rest breaks.</p><p><strong></strong></p><p>The Department continues to work closely with the social care sector to improve skills and is investing funding for training and developing the adult social care workforce.</p><br /> <br /> 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 2015-10-26T17:21:43.873Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-26T17:21:43.873Z
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1201
unstar this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Jamie Reed more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-10-26more like thismore than 2015-10-26
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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 estimate he has made of the additional financial resources needed by local authorities to meet their new duties under the Care Act 2014 in each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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Alex Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 13257 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 2015-11-02more like thismore than 2015-11-02
star this property answer text <p>The Department’s estimate of the additional financial resources needed by local authorities to meet their new duties under the Care Act 2014 is set out in the Care Act impact assessment, which can be found here:</p><br /><p><a href="http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/23/impacts" target="_blank">http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/23/impacts</a></p><br /><p>Page five of the impact assessment has a summary of all estimated costs related to Part 1 of the Care Act 2014 over 10 years from 2015/16. The impact assessment sets out the basis for the estimates in each case.</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 2015-11-02T17:41:39.457Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-02T17:41:39.457Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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4122
star this property label Biography information for Alex Cunningham more like this
436273
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-12-08more 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, if he will publish his Department's contingency plans 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 19153 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 2015-12-15more like thismore than 2015-12-15
star this property answer text <br /><p>Local authorities retain responsibility for managing provider failure in the social care market. The Government has worked with the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and partners to publish guidance to support local authorities to develop contingency plans for managing the failure of a social care provider in their local area. 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 Care Act also gave the Care Quality Commission a new function 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.</p><br /><p>The 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>
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 2015-12-15T13:50:50.193Zmore like thismore than 2015-12-15T13:50:50.193Z
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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 Daniel Zeichner more like this