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Residential Care

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2006, Official Report, column 688W, on residential care/sheltered housing, which local authorities still consider cases including spousal liability for (a) residential care in care homes and (b) sheltered housing. (109859)

Sections 42 and 43 of the National Assistance Act 1948 the liable relatives rule give local authorities discretionary powers to ask the person's liable relatives, in effect their spouse, to make payments towards the costs incurred by the state of a person's care in a care home. The liable relatives rule does not apply to sheltered housing.

Information about whether local authorities are seeking liable relatives payments is not collected centrally.