House of Lords Debate - developments in social care provision.

Just a quick note to draw your attention to the debate that took place in the House of Lords yesterday on Social Care. As you will see if you link below to the Hansard report, much of it referenced CSCI's State of Social Care report, published in January of this year.

Many of the speakers made favourable references to CSCI and our report was quoted from extensively. As Baroness Pitkeathley said in her opening speech, our report reflects the diversity of social care, covering the public, private and voluntary sectors.  Three messages from the report that she referred to were: that social care services continue to improve and modernise but improvement is gradual; that progress is being hampered by pressures on the sector; and that there are concerns about the impact of a shift of responsibilities onto individuals and families. Of what was debated, I'd like to point out:
  • Baroness Pitkeathley's expressed hope that providers respond positively to CSCI's 'Inspecting for Better Lives' reforms
  • The general support among the peers for CSCI plans regarding inspection
  • The Lords call for CSCI to keep its statutory duty to report to Parliament on the state of social care.
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200607/ldhansrd/text/70510-0008.htm#07051076000006  

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