Draft Care and Support Bill scrutinised by joint committee

The draft Care and Support Bill is now going through pre-legislative scrutiny.

This means a joint committee, made up of 12 members from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, is considering the draft Bill. The committee is taking written and oral evidence, and will report to both Houses with recommendations by 7 March 2013.

In this video, the joint committee, chaired by Paul Burstow MP, is taking evidence from the following Department of Health officials on 13 December 2012:

Panel 1

  • Shaun Gallagher, Acting Director General, Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships, Department of Health
  • Sally Warren, Director of Social Care Policy, Department of Health
  • Simon Medcalf, Deputy Director, Social Care Policy and Legislation, Department of Health

Panel 2

  • Jamie Rentoul, Director of Workforce Development, Department of Health
  • Russell Hamilton, Director of Research and Development, Department of Health

So far, the committee has heard from 10 panels of witnesses, including academics, the Law Commission, care and support providers, voluntary sector organisations and organisations representing carers and care and support users.

The most recent evidence session took place on Wednesday 23 January, when the committee took evidence from representatives from health and housing.

The next evidence sessions are Wednesday 30 January, when the committee will focus for the last time on care and support, Part 1 of the draft Bill, before moving onto Part 2 of the draft Bill, beginning with Health Education England.

You can watch videos of all the oral evidence being given to the joint committee and read the transcripts.

The draft Care and Support Bill was published for consultation on 11 July 2012. During the consultation over 1,000 comments were received, with around 430 unique respondents submitting comments by email, post and the dedicated draft Care and Support Bill consultation website.

The Department of Health published a summary of the consultation responses. These responses are being used to assist and challenge the Government and improve the proposals in the draft Bill.

As part of the pre-legislative scrutiny process, the joint committee considering the draft Care and Support Bill is seeking more views from carers on the potential impact of the Bill. Carers are encouraged to leave comments on the joint committee’s web forum.

Visit the draft Care and Support Bill section of the Parliament UK website to keep up to date on progress of the Bill.

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