Clause 62 - Child’s carer’s assessment: requirements etc.

Care Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee am 12:30 pm ar 23 Ionawr 2014.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health 12:30, 23 Ionawr 2014

I beg to move amendment 4, in clause 62, page 53, line 19, at end insert—

‘(5A) Where, in the case of a carer to whom a child’s carer’s assessment relates, the child becomes 18, the local authority must decide whether to treat the assessment as a carer’s assessment; and if the authority decides to do so, this Part applies to the child’s carer’s assessment as if it were a carer’s assessment that had been carried out after the child had become 18.

(5B) In considering what to decide under subsection (5A), a local authority must have regard to—

(a) when the child’s carer’s assessment was carried out, and

(b) whether it appears to the authority that the circumstances of the carer to whom the child’s carer’s assessment relates have changed in a way that might affect the assessment.’.

Photo of Hugh Bayley Hugh Bayley NATO Parliamentary Assembly UK Delegation, NATO Parliamentary Assembly (President)

With this it will be convenient to discuss Government amendments 10 and 12.

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

I promise not to detain the Committee for long on this group of minor and technical amendments, which reflect a policy intention about which we have always been clear—that a transition assessment can be treated as a full assessment under the Bill where that is appropriate and proportionate. That power already existed  for children and young carers, but due to an oversight was not replicated for children’s carers. The amendments correct that oversight and I hope they will receive the approval of the Committee without the need to detain ourselves any longer.

Amendment 4 agreed to.

Clause 62, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.