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Care and Support Services

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated to inform its consultation on the future of care and support services. (208639)

The Department has not commissioned any research specifically to inform the public engagement process on the future of care and support services, other than research with the public to determine appropriate naming and branding of all materials for use during the engagement process. The Department has commissioned some modelling work from the personal social services research unit which was used to identify the size of the funding gap as laid out in the launch document for the public engagement, and will inform the Green Paper more widely.

The Department has evaluated a variety of research. In November 2006, HM Treasury announced that they would undertake an internal review of the funding of services for the over-85s, including the King’s Fund report “Securing Good Care for Older People”, and research carried out by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation into the funding of social care. The results of this review have fed into the engagement process on the future of care and support services, as have publications by other major stakeholder organisations on this subject.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to develop care and support services pending the outcome of its consultation on the future of such services. (208640)

The cross-sector concordat “Putting People First” published in December 2007 establishes the collaboration between central and local government, the sector’s professional leadership, providers and the regulator. It sets out the shared aims and values which will guide the transformation of adult social care, and recognises that the sector will work across agendas with users and carers to transform people’s experience of local support and services. Copies of the concordat are available in the Library and are also available at:

www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_081118

The transformation of adult social care is supported by the social care reform grant, a new, ring-fenced grant of £520 million over three years to support councils to redesign and reshape their adult social care services, with the majority having most of the core components of a personalised system in place. The expectation is that by 2010-11, councils will have made significant steps towards greater personalisation.

Further information, conditions and advice on the social care reform grant are available in “Local Authority Circular (DH) (2008)1: Transforming Social Care” which is available on the Department’s website at:

www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Lettersandcirculars/LocalAuthorityCirculars/DH_081934

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with (a) care providers in the (i) private, (ii) voluntary and (iii) independent healthcare sectors and (b) representatives of (A) insurers and (B) the Association of British Insurers as part of his Department's consultation on the future of care and support services. (208641)

Ministers and officials within the Department have formal and informal meetings with stakeholders on a regular basis. In addition, care providers from different sectors are represented on the Department's national stakeholder forum.

In specific relation to the care, support, independence project, we have set up a stakeholder panel with membership from care providers and insurers, including the Association of British Insurers. This Panel met on 6 April 2008 and further meetings are planned. In addition, representatives from these provider and insurance sectors are being asked to attend regional stakeholder events, scheduled between June and November this year, to discuss the key issues.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to involve (a) patients with longer-term conditions and (b) (i) adult and (ii) young carers in his Department's consultation on the future of care and support services; (208642)

(2) what steps he is taking to achieve a broad range of responses to his Department's consultation on the future of care and support services.

A new care and support system will affect every adult in the country. The purpose of the debate launched by my right. hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 12 May 2008 is to ensure everyone can have their say via the following methods:

at our website www.careandsupport.direct.gov.uk;

emailing careandsupport@dh.gsi.gov.uk;

writing to the Care and Support Team, Room 543, Richmond House, 79 Whitehall, London SW1A 2NS;

the document The case for change—Why England needs a new care and support system is also available in an easy read format for people with learning disabilities and in an easy access format for people who have had a stroke. Copies of the document are available in the Library;

a series of public events where the key issues will be discussed in detail. These include a stakeholder event in every Government region and a number of citizen events. The stakeholder events will include user and patient groups that represent patients with long-term conditions including both adults and young carers;

at the end of the six month engagement period there will be a final event bringing stakeholders and citizens together to provide a further opportunity for discussion; and additional research will also be undertaken to ensure groups of people whose views may not be readily heard via the routes outlined above, have the opportunity to give their views.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to involve hon. Members in its consultation on the future of care and support services. (209337)

Hon. Members were alerted to the launch of the public engagement on the reform of the care and support system via a written ministerial statement made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State on 12 May 2008, Official Report, columns 48-50WS. A copy of the document, ‘The Case for Change—Why England Needs a New Care and Support System’, which was published on 12 May 2008 to mark the beginning of this engagement process, is available in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will treat Derek Wanless's reports on care and support services commissioned by the King's Fund as submissions to his Department's consultation on the future of such services. (209338)

In the pre-Budget report 2006, HM Treasury announced that the Government would be undertaking an internal review of care for the over-85s, looking in particular at Derek Wanless's report for the King's Fund, Securing Good Care for Older People. The outcome of that review, which was extended to cover the over-65s, is feeding into the development of the Green Paper on reform of the care and support system.