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Local Authority Social Services

Volume 977: debated on Tuesday 29 January 1980

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34.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps he is taking to encourage the transfer of the provision of social services facilities from local authorities to assisted individual families and relatives.

Local authorities are bound to retain statutory responsibility for the provision of some social services, but in all my contacts with them and others on general social services issues I emphasise the importance of encouraging self-help, and the support of individuals and families through the community and the voluntary sector.

48.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what monitoring is undertaken by his Department of public spending cuts carried out by local authority social service committees and their effects.

The Department's social work service is in regular contact with local authority social services departments and keeps me informed of the effects of public expenditure cuts as such information becomes available.