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IN THE CHAMBER
The Care Bill, hailed by
-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reform the social care
effectively the beginning of its Parliamentary journey.
The Bill aims to bring together existing care legislation into a
new set of laws building the system around people’s
needs. As part of that, it sets out new rights for carers, emphasises the need to reduce care needs andintroduces a cap on the costs which people have to pay for care so that people will not have to sell their home topay for residential care. And following on from the inquiry into the terrible failings at Mid-Staffordshire Hospital, itsets out for the first time Ofsted-style ratings for hospitals and care home so that the public can compare, alongwith enable a new Chief Inspector of Hospitals to deal with unresolved problems.
Saying she was “immensely proud” of the Bill, Baroness Jolly said: “Labour and the Conservatives ducked reform
of the care system for decades and it was Lib Dem minister Paul Burstow who had the will and political capital inthe Department of Health and with the care sector to push it following a report by the Law Commission. NormanLamb picked it up when he was appointed, putting his mark on it by including the focus on integration of care and
She wasn’t alone. Even Labour peer Lord Warner said: “Let me say at the outset how much I welcome this Bill
and in doing so I pay tribute to the contributions made to its construction and arrival in this House by PaulBurstow
and Norman Lamb...”
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“My Lords, the purpose of this Bill can be summed up very simply –
to improve the support we give to offenders
in order to break the cycle of reoffending.”
introduces the Offender Rehabilitation Bill as it gets itsSecond Reading in the House.