Government to publish care and support bill
The Queen has announced the government’s intention to publish a draft care and support bill in the coming parliamentary session.
In her speech to signal the state opening of parliament today, the Queen said ministers would set out the support the government will provide.
The draft bill will create a London health improvement board and look at social care law to modernise the legal framework for care and support. The government has not yet made a commitment to legislate for the changes this parliamentary term, or to look at the cost of care.
A white paper on the subject is expected later this year.
A report from economist Andrew Dilnot last July recommended that the government introduce a cap on the cost of care. But the Queen’s speech did not include plans for a social care bill which would have contained the government’s response to Mr Dilnot’s recommendations. This could now be delayed until 2015.
The Queen also announced the government’s intention to publish a draft local audit bill which will set out measures to close the Audit Commission and establish new arrangements for the audit of local public bodies.