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Reforming the law for adult social care

Following its announcement in the Queen's Speech on 8 May 2013, the Care Bill was introduced into the House of Lords by Earl Howe on Thursday 9 May. As well as dealing with the Dilnot Commission recommendations on funding, the Bill implements important Law Commission law reform recommendations.

Law Commissioner Frances Patterson QC says: "We are delighted that the Care Bill has been introduced into Parliament. The Bill implements almost all of the recommendations that we made in our
2011 report on adult social care. These include streamlining and modernising a system that still has its roots in the poor law, clarifying rights and responsibilities for older and disabled people and local councils, and improving the position of carers.

"The recommendations place the individual at the heart of a reformed legal framework for adult social care. We consulted extensively on our proposed reforms. From the start, they received a great deal of support from the people who use adult social care services and the individuals and organisations who design and provide those services.

"We are very pleased that the government has accepted our thinking and acted so swiftly to implement these important and much-needed reforms.”

A Bill to implement our recommended reforms to adult social care is currently before the National Assembly in Wales.

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