Dental Health

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 24th March 2017.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2017 to Question 65415, on dental health, for what reasons his Department does not know what penalty may be applied.

Photo of Marcus Jones Marcus Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Local Government)

The duties on local authorities in relation to oral health are set out in the NHS Bodies and Local Authorities (Partnership Arrangements, Care Trusts, Public Health and Local Healthwatch) Regulations 2012 ( http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2012/3094/pdfs/uksi_20123094_en.pdf ). If a local authority fails to comply with its statutory duties, it is for the electorate to hold their local authority to account, either through the ballot box or through judicial review. The Local Government Ombudsman can investigate complaints of maladministration in local authorities, and recommend redress for individuals. It is not for central government to apply a specific penalty.

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