New Clause 28 - Part 1 appeals

Part of Care Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:45 am on 4 February 2014.

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Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow Liberal Democrat, Sutton and Cheam 9:45, 4 February 2014

I rise to thank the Minister for introducing the new clause. It reflects the debate the Committee had on an amendment that I tabled. It was supported by Government Members and called for an appeals mechanism to be put in place. The new clause reflects the recommendation of the Joint Committee, which came to a cross-party consensus on the need for such provision, and it obviously reflects the fact that the Government have taken on board the representations they received in their consultation. I will mention another matter on which that has perhaps not been the outcome.

However, on the new clause, the Minister is right. He has set out clearly a thorough set of regulation-making powers that will enable the design of a proportionate fit-for-purpose appeals system to emerge. We now need the many stakeholders, who have an interest in getting the design right, involved in its design, and it must be implemented in a timely fashion. It needs to be in place and understood as the legislation goes live from 2015, so that it is running in advance of the introduction of the capping system from 2016, because I think aspects of the legislation warrant having it in place at that stage. For those reasons, I am pleased to see the tabling of the new clause. I congratulate the Minister on listening to what the Committee has said and on taking on board the recommendations of the Joint Committee.