Clause 5

Part of Health and Social Care Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:45 pm on 15th January 2008.

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Photo of Angela Browning Angela Browning Deputy Chairman, The Conservative Party 12:45 pm, 15th January 2008

If the Minister does not accept the amendment under the terms already published in the Bill, particularly clause 5(3), perhaps I could raise with him the point that I have already made to the hon. Member for Luton, North. Subsection (3) defines what “social care” includes. What is the Minister’s understanding in respect of those people who contract privately with others, who receive direct payments to provide a package of care or a service where the contract in employment terms is directly with the beneficiary of that service and the individual they contract with? Employment law then comes into it, because there is a proper contract of employment, albeit the funding is public funding coming through social services. What are his thoughts on that matter, if he will not accept the amendment?