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Care Services: Day Centres

House of Lords written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of Baroness Turner of Camden Baroness Turner of Camden Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address the needs of elderly and vulnerable people faced with closure of day centres previously provided by local authorities.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The responsibility for addressing the social care needs of their local community rests with local authorities.

The Government recognise the importance of social care services and have taken steps to ensure that local authorities have sufficient funds to provide them. In recognition of the pressures on the social care system in a challenging fiscal climate, we have allocated an additional £2 billion by 2014-15 to support the delivery of social care. With an ambitious programme of efficiency, there will be enough funding available both to protect people's access to services and deliver new approaches to improve quality and outcomes.

A Vision for Adult Social Care: Capable Communities and Active Citizens, published on 16 November 2010 and a copy of which has already been placed in the Library, includes examples of how councils, working in partnership with local organisations and people, can develop alternative high-quality care and support services that are also innovative and efficient.

Having a personal budget can give people greater choice and control over their care and can open up many more opportunities than attendance at a day centre.

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