Social Care (Individual Budgets)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) (Care Services) 2:30 pm, 5th February 2008

The action that the hon. Gentleman calls for is the social care transformation that will begin in every local authority area in April; it will last three years and it is funded by half a billion pounds of social care reform grant. At the heart of the agenda will be personal budgets for the vast majority of people receiving public funding; information, advice and advocacy for everybody, irrespective of their means, including self-funders, who are all too often left on their own; and a shift to prevention and early intervention, so that we move away from current eligibility criteria, under which, for example, it appears to be nobody's responsibility to do anything about an older person who is lonely or isolated. From 1 April there will be a three-year transformation agenda in every local authority area, and later this spring the Prime Minister will announce a new deal for carers. That is action.

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Ian Sandeman
Posted on 6 Feb 2008 11:05 pm (Report this annotation)

Send Carers "back to work", what kinda deal is that for people that work 50+ hours a week anyway?

Install a "spy in the living room", what kinda deal is that? Can the electronic 1984 style "spy" detect when someone is suicidal?

C'mon Ivan, pull the other one...