Learning Disability: Social Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 27th May 2022.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the provision of social care for people with learning difficulties.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

No specific assessment has been made. However, under the Care Act 2014 local authorities have a duty to shape local care markets to ensure a diverse range of high quality, sustainable, person-centred care and support services are provided. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) monitor, inspect and regulate services to ensure that fundamental standards of quality and safety are met. As of May 2022, 84% of all social care settings were rated good or outstanding by the CQC. From April 2023, the CQC will review the performance of local authorities’ delivery of the duties under the Care Act. We will publish a Building the Right Support Action Plan to bring together actions across the Government and systems to strengthen community support, including social care, for people with a learning disability. This will be published in due course.

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