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Care Bill [HL] — Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (16 Jul 2013)

Lord Lipsey: This is another piece of arcanery, I am afraid, for the House. It is a genuinely probing amendment. Not everyone may know what top-ups are, any more than everyone knows what nursing care allowances are. They arise for people who are not paying in full for their own care but want a better standard of care than the local authority is prepared to pay for. There are a quite a lot of these people....

Care Bill [HL] — Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (16 Jul 2013)

Lord Lipsey: My Lords, I am usually extremely complimentary about the noble Earl’s replies to debates, but I do not think that he lived up to his normal standards in that one. He seems to be under a number of illusions. He seems to think that this Bill increases the amount of public spending that goes to the worse off, rather than the better off. It does not. The Bill incorporates what is a most...

Care Bill [HL] — Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (16 Jul 2013)

Lord Lipsey: My Lords, this has been a great test of my filing system, which fortunately has stood up to it on this occasion. Each of these three amendments in my name is entire of itself and could be passed on its own, but they are designed as a package. Taking them individually to start with, they would do three things: first, to make the tariff for the means test proposed by the Government less...

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (6th Day) (16 Jul 2013)

Lord Lipsey: My Lords, I will speak to the amendments in this group standing in my name but, before I do so, I should like to offer the strongest possible support for the noble Lord, Lord Sharkey, and particularly for the words that he said at the beginning about the information task that we face here. This is not just a question of advising individuals when they go to their councils, although that is...

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (6th Day) (16 Jul 2013)

Lord Lipsey: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his reply, which was a miracle of putting very well the point that has come out of the debate. I thank all those who have participated. We have here a trade-off between simplicity and fairness—it is as simple as that. The Government—unusually, my party might think—have opted for fairness, and my party might not be surprised that in this case I have...

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (6th Day) (16 Jul 2013)

Lord Lipsey: Now for something completely different. These amendments hardly deserve the epithet “probing”—more a light examination by the doctor’s fingers. What they do is, in essence, simple. They substitute for the monetary cap proposed by the Government a cap based on the number of years a person has been receiving care at a substantial level. The origins of my amendment were in a proposal...

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (6th Day) (16 Jul 2013)

Lord Lipsey: I am a bit bemused. I cannot see where my amendment states that local authorities have to prove intent, nor do I see in the noble Earl’s argument any reason why the person who makes a mistake should have to pay not only the extra money they have received but the cost to the local authority of retrieving that money. That seems to me a punishment too far.

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (6th Day) (16 Jul 2013)

Lord Lipsey: The noble Lord has interpreted my amendment one way; I have interpreted it in another way. It may be that the Bill, either as it is or as amended, is not quite right. Can the noble Lord agree that we have further discussions to see if we can find a way forward that satisfies us both?

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (6th Day) (16 Jul 2013)

Lord Lipsey: That could arise, I suppose, but it has not arisen in this case. I am not even sure—it is very difficult with these cases, and I do not know if it is even known—whether the man I am referring to has attempted to find that way around it. This lady gets distressed at the mere mention of financial affairs, so it is not surprising that he is ducking away from that. As the noble Baroness says,...

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (6th Day) (16 Jul 2013)

Lord Lipsey: My Lords, I rise briefly—I fear that that will be the last time that I will use the word “briefly” tonight—to speak to Amendment 104ZB in my name in this group. This is another bits and pieces group; my amendment does not relate to the excellent speech just made by my noble friend Lady Pitkeathley. Clause 64 enables a local authority to recover money owed to it in connection with the...

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (6th Day) (16 Jul 2013)

Lord Lipsey: My Lords, I rise to make two brief points. First, this argument is not really about eligibility criteria but about money. It would be highly desirable to extend eligibility to people with only moderate needs, but we will find it extremely hard simply to cater for people with substantial needs unless the pot of money is substantially expanded. That is the elephant in the room. In all the...

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (9 Jul 2013)

Lord Lipsey: My Lords, I rise to support the amendments of my noble friend Lord Hunt and the remarks just made by the noble Baroness, Lady Greengross. There have been a number of scandals, both about care at home and care in care homes, over the past year. I am astonished that the situation is not much worse than it is. When you see the pay and conditions imposed, and the people working under absurd and...

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (5th Day) (9 Jul 2013)

Lord Lipsey: My Lords, perhaps I may remind the Committee that I am the honorary president of the Society of Later Life Advisers. SOLLA accredits the gold-standard financial advisers who will be so important to the working of the Bill. My six amendments in this group are Amendments 83B, 83C, 86B, 86D, 86F and 86G. Before I turn to them, I will say a few words more generally about advice and the Bill. If...

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (5th Day) (9 Jul 2013)

Lord Lipsey: I quite agree with the noble Baroness. That is exactly why independent financial advisers can be so helpful. Often, the rent on the house will pay for the whole of care, and still leave the home to be handed on to the children if that is what the old person wishes. All this underlines the fact that it is crucial that the advice comes from people who are qualified to give it—not necessarily...

The Economic Implications for the United Kingdom of Scottish Independence: Motion to Take Note (26 Jun 2013)

Lord Lipsey: My Lords, I join in thanking the noble Lord, Lord MacGregor, for his brilliant chairmanship of this committee. It was a bit like climbing Ben Nevis in slippers while hoping that the view from the summit repays the labours that have gone before. Indeed, the response to the report has been fair and favourable. I think the reason is that we were very objective in our approach. Some on the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Nurses (26 Jun 2013)

Lord Lipsey: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost to public funds of the Registered Nursing Care Contribution in England and Wales for the latest available year.

Care Bill [HL]: Second Reading (21 May 2013)

Lord Lipsey: My Lords, I declare an interest as unpaid president of SOLLA, the Society of Later Life Advisers. I want in my remarks to concentrate on the Dilnot-related parts of the Bill—that is to say, the cap and the related changes to the means test. I should state straightaway that I welcome the cap. Indeed, I hope that the House will not think it unduly immodest of me if I claim to be, if not its...

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill: Report (5th Day) (18 Mar 2013)

Lord Lipsey: My Lords, I speak as a former deputy editor of two national newspapers and perhaps I may say, straight at the beginning, that I see in this royal charter, with the backing that it will get in legislation, no threat whatever to the freedom of the press which we all cherish so much. There is, after this good day for our democracy, just one question that we should think about. Is there a danger...

Press Regulation — Statement (13 Feb 2013)

Lord Lipsey: My Lords, the Minister said that there was no suggestion of a dilution of the proposals. Does that mean that he has not yet had time to read the analysis published by Hacked Off, which calculates that of the 30 recommendations that constitute Leveson's recognition criteria, just five are adequately represented in the royal charter, with 23 breached or caveated and two unclear?

Social Care Funding — Statement (11 Feb 2013)

Lord Lipsey: My Lords, better half a loaf than no loaf at all and, to that extent, I welcome the Government's Statement. Does the Minister agree with all noble Lords who have spoken who have emphasised the importance of all-party agreement, if it can be obtained on this subject, so that old people know the background they have to plan against when looking to their futures? With that in mind, will he meet...

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