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Content published before December 2016

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.
06.09.2016Scamming and its effect on vulnerable individuals
A backbench business debate is being held on 8 September 2016 on scamming and its effect on vulnerable individuals. This paper explores the different types of scams, regulation and what can be done to combat this threat.
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.
05.05.2016The Warm Home Discount Scheme
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the Warm Home Discount scheme (WHD). The scheme started on 1 April 2011 and was originally programmed to end on 31 March 2015. Since then it has been extended twice first until 2015/16 and most recently until 2020/21.
29.04.2016Children: Grandparents and others who require leave of the court to apply for access
This House of Commons library briefing paper explains the processes by which grandparents and others can agree access or residency with a child following, for example, parental separation.
24.03.2016Winter Fuel Payments update
The Winter Fuel Payment is a tax-free annual payment to help older people meet the cost of their winter fuel bills. The 'standard' rates are 200 per eligible household where the oldest person is under 80, and 300 for households containing a person aged 80 or over.
23.03.2016Leasehold retirement homes: exit/event fees
This House of Commons Library briefing paper explains action taken by the Office of Fair Trading and the Law Commission to investigate the fees charged by managing agents or freeholders when a leasehold owner of a retirement flat wants to sell or rent out their home. These fees are often referred to as 'exit' or 'event' fees.
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.
09.12.2015Housing an Ageing Population (England)
This House of Commons Library briefing paper discusses the challenges around providing housing for older people in the midst of both a growing population and a still recovering housing market. It covers issues around housing stock; adaptations; retirement housing and asset release.
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".

Lords Library Notes

04.12.2015Residential Care Sector
This House of Lords Library Note has been prepared ahead of a debate that is scheduled to take place in the House on 10 December 2015 on the following motion: '[...] that this House takes note of the quality and viability of the residential care sector in the light of the Government's decision to delay the implementation of the care cost cap'.
10.12.2012Debate on 14 December: Older People
This Library Note provides background reading in advance of the debate to be held on 14 December 2012 on the place and contribution of older people in society.


18.10.2016Creating age-friendly cities
This POSTnote examines how housing, outdoor spaces and transport can be made more age-friendly. It also highlights challenges for designing and delivering age-friendly cities.
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.
03.10.2011An Ageing Workforce
This POSTnote examines the main challenges to the participation and productivity of older people in the workforce.

Select Committee Reports

12.10.2011Memorandum to the Welsh Affairs Select Committee on Post-legislative assessment of the Commissioner for...
Welsh Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
14.07.2010Social Care.
Government response. Health Select Committee; Department of Health report [Commons]
14.10.2009Tackling pensioner poverty.
Government response. Department for Work and Pensions; Work and Pensions Select Committee report [Commons]
15.07.2009Tackling pensioner poverty.
Work and Pensions Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House notes the rise of so-called distraction burglaries on vulnerable elderly people; expresses condemnation on those who would carry out these attacks; calls on the police ...
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 ...
That this House notes the recent Quest for Quality report by the British Geriatrics Society that suggests many of the estimated 400,000 older people resident in UK care homes have variable ...
That this House congratulates the Corstorphine Dementia Project's Tea Time Club on being awarded the first Degge Ridge award from the Royal London Foundation; notes that this year's ...
That this House congratulates the Dairy Council in staging the 2011 Ceremony of the Christmas Cheeses, which forms the beginning of the Chelsea Pensioners' traditional Christmas celebrations; ...


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