Clause 25 - Care and support plan, support plan

Care Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee am 3:15 pm ar 16 Ionawr 2014.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health 3:15, 16 Ionawr 2014

I beg to move amendment 108, in clause 25, page 24, line 21, at end insert—

‘(14) The regulations may in particular specify that the paragraphs in question do not apply as regards specified needs or matters.’.

This minor and technical amendment clarifies that the regulation-making power in clause 25(13) allows the regulations to specify cases related to needs, or matters where aspects of the care plan, including the personal budget, are not required. This will allow regulations to exclude from the personal budget in the care plan the cost of meeting any specified prescribed care and support needs, which are otherwise incorporated in that plan.

It was always the policy intention that there may be cases where aspects of care planning are not appropriate. An example is the inclusion of costs related to the provision of re-ablement. This is where the provision of care and support needs to be short term, rapidly provided and may change often. Therefore it may not be appropriate for these types of care and support to follow the same processes as for long-term care and support. This also reflects current practice, and we intend to continue this arrangement through regulations under the Care Bill. The guidance and regulations that will accompany the Bill are being developed with stakeholders and will be open for consultation later this year.

Photo of Meg Munn Meg Munn Llafur, Sheffield, Heeley

I would like the Minister to clarify subsection (1)(b), relating to the care and support plan. It states that the plan:

“specifies whether, and if so to what extent, the needs meet the eligibility criteria”.

I do not want the process to become a tick-box approach, which meets the eligibility criteria but it is being done by a carer. They could be told: “Shopping is low need, therefore we are not going to provide it,” when in fact shopping will support the carer who is supporting somebody with a high level of need.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

I absolutely agree that we must avoid that tick-box mentality and look at the holistic needs of the individual. However, this covers similar ground to the other points that the hon. Lady has raised. If I could deal with them together in correspondence, I hope that that will help her.

Amendment 108 agreed to.

Clause 25, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.