Social Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 8th February 2019.

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Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Labour, Kingston upon Hull North

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many meetings have been held between his Department and civil society organisations in relation to the Adult Social Care Green Paper since 7 March 2017.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Throughout the development of the Green Paper Ministers and officials have been meeting with and listening to members of civil society. We have records of the civil society organisations who have contributed through the Green Paper roundtable meetings and the Expert Group, however there are many people from civil society organisations who have also contributed through other channels which were less formal or not specifically targeted towards feeding into the Green Paper and their input has also been central in developing the Green Paper.

Since the Department became responsible for publishing the Green Paper there have been:

- Five meetings with the Expert Group;

- Two roundtable meetings with organisations representing people with disabilities;

- A roundtable meeting with organisations representing Carers; and

- A roundtable meeting with Care and Support Alliance and their member organisations.

The expert group includes the following people who have leading roles in civil society organisations:

- Caroline Abrahams, Co-chair of the Care and Support Alliance and Charity Director of Age UK;

- Dame Kate Barker, External Member of the Council at the University of Oxford;

- Dr Eileen Burns, President of the British Geriatrics Society;

- Imelda Redmond, National Director of Healthwatch;

- Professor Paul Burstow, Chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence;

- Sir Andrew Dilnot, Warden of Nuffield College Oxford; and

- Baroness Martha Lane Fox, founder and Executive Chair of Doteveryone.

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