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The Care Bill builds on the draft Care and Support Bill published last year. All the major elements of the draft bill remain – wellbeing, prevention, carers’ rights, choice and personalisation. Most of the changes from the draft bill are around the detail, but nevertheless will involve some reconsideration by local authorities. Changes include:
• greater emphasis on promoting prevention
• more focus on supporting people who are not eligible for state-funded support
• details about implementing the cap on care costs
• new responsibilities for local authorities and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on provider failures
• a new power for safeguarding adults boards but no powers of entry for social workers.
The Care Bill will be subject to detailed scrutiny as it passes through the Lords over the summer. Overall, this legislation will require a massive change for local authorities with adult social care responsibilities, all at a time of major budget pressure. Documents relating to the Care Bill can be accessed through the Care Bill page of the Department of Health website.
A recent report considers three means of enabling users of health and social care services to have greater control of how services are commissioned: pooling personal budgets; drawing on service users’ own choices and insights to inform commisioning; and developing peer support from service-user and staff-led mutual organisations.
In this review of provision for children and young people in 2012, the Children’s Rights Alliance recognises progress in some areas, but it also warns that in some other areas the government has not met the challenges for their welfare posed by budget austerity in the public sector.
This briefing reviews the work of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee in the current UK parliament. It considers what to expect of a select committee – its role and remit – and what scope it has for influence. Information is provided on recent reports and current inquiries.The briefing is of interest to all concerned with the implementation of localism, and it draws attention to reports and inquiries on planning, housing, welfare reform, regional policy, the mutual and co-operative provision of services, and the role of councillors
Few of us like to talk about dying. Despite the fact that death is a universal prospect for all of us, we often shy away from discussing the topic – uncomfortable to share our fears, let alone our hopes …
This policy briefing summarises and comments on a Department of Health consultation which seeks views on some major changes to how health scrutiny operates; these include a proposal to require the full council to agree to refer contested NHS reconfigurations to the Secretary of State.
This post is based on an LGiU member briefing: Interim results: LGiU survey on outcome-based commissioning in adult social care In April 2012, the LGiU undertook a survey of local government in partnership with Mears, a leading provider of home care …
LGiU and Governance International have published a book on Co-production in Health and Social Care. You can download the book for free here. The following blog post is based on a chapter from this book. We are launching the book on …
The Health and Social Care Act has completed its difficult path through Parliament, so what happens next? Christine Heron explores whether the road to the formal establishment of new structures in April 2013 will be
relatively smooth or if there are still major challenges ahead.
In the summer of 2011, LGiU associates undertook the first large-scale study of HWBs. People we spoke to were determined their board should not become a talking shop or hung up on process, and where advanced partnership arrangements such as …