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Social Care Green Paper

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Prime Minister with reference to his foreword to the Social Care Green Paper, Cm 7673, in what ways the debate he calls differs from that he called for in his Kings Fund speech of May 2008. (290449)

“The case for change—why England needs a new care and support system”, published in May 2008, set out the Government’s intention to reform care and support services and was followed by a six-month period of public engagement to help raise awareness of care and support issues and to gather opinions on the best way to proceed with the reform agenda.

This year’s Green Paper, “Shaping the Future of Care Together”, published in July, is the response to that period of public engagement. It sets out specific options and proposals for a National Care Service, on which debate shall now ensue.