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 Lord Low of Dalston Lord Low of Dalston Crossbench 4:45 pm, 16th July 2013

My Lords, I am grateful to all those who have spoken in support of these amendments. I am also grateful to the noble Earl for his response. I thought we were going to be in the position where we had to say that we welcomed his support for our principle but we were disappointed that he was not willing to review the legislation to make sure that it put the principle into effect on the same basis as our amendment seeks to achieve. However, lo and behold, the noble Earl, not uncharacteristically, has come more than half way to meet us by saying that he is willing to look at the Bill again just to make sure that the policy intent, which he shares with us, is carried into effect. I welcome that very much. If it would assist the achievement of a consensus on this for us to meet, I would welcome that. I am very conscious of the calls on the Minister’s time as a Bill such as this goes through the House, so it may be that a meeting with officials would suffice. If further dialogue with the department would help to establish that we were fully on the same page on all this, I would welcome that very much. However, for now, with the very full assurances that the Minister has given us, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment 88M withdrawn.

Amendment 88N not moved.

Clause 12 agreed.

Clause 13 : The eligibility criteria

Amendments 88P to 88PC not moved.

Amendment 88Q

Moved by Baroness Grey-Thompson

88Q: Clause 13, page 12, line 17, leave out subsection (7) and insert—

“(7) Needs meet the eligibility criteria when—

(a) there is, or will be, an inability to carry out several personal care or domestic routines, and/or

(b) the individual will be unable to maintain control over several aspects of their day-to-day life, or

(c) involvement in several aspects of work, education, training or recreation cannot or will not be sustained, and/or

(d) several domestic, family and personal relationships cannot or will not be sustained, and/or

(e) there is a risk of abuse or neglect; they form part of a combination of needs described in paragraph (a).”