First national appeal system for council-funded care ‘will solve a lot of grief’

13 Feb

Benefit tales

The government has finally bowed to demands from MPs and campaigners to introduce the first national system that will allow disabled and older people to appeal against being turned down for council-funded care and support.

The Liberal Democrat care and support minister Norman Lamb announced during the final day’s debate on the committee stage of the care bill that – following a consultation last year – he was introducing a clause that would give the government power to develop “detailed proposals” for an appeals system.

He said it was “important that individuals have confidence in the system, and that they are able to challenge decisions without having to resort to judicial review”.

Lamb said the government had “heard clearly through the consultation that an appeals system should have an element of independence from the local authority to give people confidence that the appeals process is fair and unbiased”.

Liz Kendall…

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