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Social Care

Volume 697: debated on Monday 17 December 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have assessed the impact of the toughening of the eligibility criteria for social care operated by local authorities across England on the overall level of healthcare and quality of life in the past five years; and [HL616]

What patterns have emerged in the past five years with regard to the operation of the eligibility criteria used by local authorities in England in respect of the provision of adult social care; and what are the reasons behind such trends. [HL617]

It is for individual local authorities to decide on the eligibility criteria for receiving adult social care services. Local authorities manage and direct their own resources in accordance with local priorities and the needs of the communities to which they are accountable. The department does not collect information on each council's eligibility criteria and has therefore made no assessment of patterns emerging in the past five years with regard to the operation of the eligibility criteria used by local authorities in England in respect of the provision of adult social care.