Social Services

Health written question – answered on 31st January 2012.

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Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Conservative, Gosport

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the difference between the number of people eligible for social care support in England and those receiving formal support from public or private sector agencies.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Department has not made estimates of the difference between the number of people eligible for social care support in England and those receiving formal support from public or private sector agencies.

The Department acknowledges that unmet need is difficult to precisely define and measure. The eligibility framework issued by the Department seeks to support councils in prioritising funding on those with the highest need. The Government are clear that everyone who thinks they may be in need of care and support is entitled to an assessment, and if this assessment concludes that services are required to meet the person's assessed needs and the person qualifies under the means-test, services must be provided.

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