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Local Government Services

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's policy is on participating in the Total Place initiative with local councils. (298440)

The Department is participating fully in the Total Place initiative. I sit on the Ministerial Group overseeing Total Place. David Behan (Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships) and Mike Farrar (Chief Executive of North West Strategic Health Authority) sit on the High Level Total Place Officials Group chaired by Sir Michael Bichard. The Department is also building links at working level to Total Place pilots as appropriate. We are working with the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Treasury, and local pilots to respond to recommendations and findings of Total Place as they emerge.