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Social Services

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people currently ineligible for social care who will become eligible as a result of implementation of (a) the measures in the review of access to services and (b) the proposals to be contained in the forthcoming green paper. (190246)

The review of eligibility has been requested because of the varying approaches being taken by local authorities (LAs) to eligibility to services. Some authorities are helping many more people than others even with tighter eligibility criteria, others are developing alternative new preventative services which aim to reduce the numbers of people who need care services. The review will look at the experiences across England and look to how we might better set a framework that will assist all LAs in getting the best outcomes for people who have care or support needs. Until the review is completed, we will not be able to estimate how many people will be helped or the way in which they might be helped.

The Government have not yet published the Green Paper. It is therefore not possible to say what impact any proposals that may be contained in the Green Paper will have on the number of people who are eligible for services’.