Committee (6th Day)

Part of Care Bill [HL] – in the House of Lords at 4:45 pm on 16th July 2013.

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Photo of Baroness Wilkins Baroness Wilkins Labour 4:45 pm, 16th July 2013

My Lords, I strongly support this group of amendments. The consolidation of the care and support legislation into one Bill is very welcome but not if it lessens existing essential provision. As both noble Lords have clearly described, the initial assessment of someone’s needs is critical and must be carried out by someone who is appropriately qualified and understands the impact of the impairment and the types of support that are needed. As we have heard, the Bill does not provide the same requirement as the current statutory guidance. I therefore hope that the noble Earl will recognise the critical importance of specialist assessment for people in these groups and allay the concerns of organisations such as Sense and the RNIB.