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  • This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on community care. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

    Commons Briefing Papers

    07.10.2016The future of Attendance Allowance
    This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper covers developments since the Government's announcement in December 2015 that it would consider 'giving more responsibility to councils in England, and to Wales, to support older people with care needs - including people who, under the current system, would be supported through Attendance Allowance.' It gives background information on Attendance Allowance, and such information as is available on the Government's plans. It also summarises reactions to the proposals from local government bodies and other stakeholders.
    27.07.2016Social care: paying for care home places and domiciliary care (England)
    This note sets out the means-test that applies to care home residents and those in other settings (such as care at home) in need of social care, and provides information on personal budgets.
    12.01.2016Social care: recent funding announcements and the state of the care home market (England)
    This note considers the current state of the market for residential care (i.e. care homes), and also the announcements made in the November 2015 Spending Review (and subsequently) regarding funding for social care.
    02.12.2015Delayed transfers of care in the NHS
    Policy and statistical trends on delayed transfers of care - patients who are well enough to leave hospital but are unable to do so - in the NHS.
    03.11.2015Social care: Recent changes to the CQC's regulation of adult residential care (care homes)
    The Care Quality Commission has changed how it regulates adult residential care (i.e. care homes), replacing blanket annual inspections of all adult care services with the reintroduction of a 'risk-based approach' meaning that poorly-rated services are inspected more frequently (together with some random inspections) under a new inspection framework underpinned by "Fundamental Standards".
    06.08.2015Social care: Announcement delaying introduction of funding reform (including the cap) and other changes until April 2020 (England)
    The Government announced that it would delay reform of social care funding, including the introduction of a cap on social care costs and a more generous means-test, by four years from April 2016 to April 2020.
    22.07.2015Social care: how the postponed changes to paying for care, including the cap, would have worked (England)
    On 17 July 2015, the Government announced that it was postponing the introduction of a cap on social care funding, and the accompanying more generous means-test, from April 2016 until April 2020.
    05.06.2015Carers' rights and benefits (England)
    An overview of rights and benefits afforded to carers in law, covering local authority assessments, employment rights, benefits and protection from discrimination.
    20.05.2015Social care: Direct Payments from a local authority (England)
    Direct payments allow users to purchase social care from providers of their choice, rather than local authority provided services or third-party providers nominated by the local authority. This note sets out how direct payments are calculated and how they can be used.
    16.02.2015Community care: Social Indicators page
    Community care: Social Indicators page. By Rachael Harker. SN/SG/2643.

    Lords Library Notes

    20.10.2016National Citizen Service Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
    This Lords Library briefing provides information on the National Citizen Service Bill [HL] (HL Bill 64 of 2016-17).
    09.06.2016Children and Social Work Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
    This Lords Library briefing provides an overview of the Children and Social Work Bill, the background to it, and summarises reaction to date on the measures proposed in the Bill.


    02.08.2016Integrating Health and Social Care
    An ageing population and the increasing prevalence of long-term conditions are putting pressure on health and social care services. The four UK nations have committed to better integration between health and social care as one solution to these challenges. This briefing outlines what integration is, examines policies to enable it and gives examples of integration in England. It also looks at the evidence on the challenges of achieving integration and assessing the effectiveness of approaches.
    26.03.2015Vegetative and Minimally Conscious States
    A POSTnote discussing the medical, legal and ethical challenges associated with the care of patients in vegetative and minimally conscious states.
    08.10.2014Palliative and End of Life Care
    This POSTnote provides an overview of palliative care and its key components, approaches to managing and standardising care and key challenges to providing high quality care.

    Early Day Motions

    That this House welcomes the construction of the Drum Brae Library and Community Hub which will open to the public at the end of January 2012; notes that the centre will include a day ...
    25.10.2011COLLEGE OF SOCIAL WORK (No. 2)
    That this House notes with concern the issues raised by the British Association of Social Workers in respect of the proper establishment and appropriate use of public funds in relation ...
    That this House notes thatcross-party commitment and co-operation is urgently needed to reform the way that adult social care is delivered; acknowledges the desire amongst all parties ...
    That this House notes that National Carers Week takes place from 13 to 19 June 2011; acknowledges the invaluable role of carers of all ages in Walsall South and across the UK; recognises ...
    That this House acknowledges that the current system of care and support is in crisis and that, despite initiatives to improve early intervention, personalise services, increase choice ...


    • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
    • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
    • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses