Briefing: Joint Committee on the Draft Care and Support Bill

This briefing note was sent to the Committee ahead of an oral evidence session on 9 January 2013, where Richard Humphries gave evidence on behalf of the Fund.

We welcomed the prospect of new legislation as an opportunity to establish a single modern statute and bank of statutory guidance. But we noted limits of what could be achieved through legislation alone - particularly in connection with the delivery of integrated care.

Our briefing argued that it would not be possible to achieve many aspirations of the legisaltion (particularly the clearer entitlements to care and support in clauses 17 and 18, and better support for carers in clause 19) without funding reform, including the implementation of the Dilnot proposals.