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For those who are interested in the future shape of key areas of public law, the Queen's Speech was a feast. This short piece outlines some of the key Bills that are going to make up the Government's legislative program.
Draft Care and Support Bill: for community care practitioners, this Draft Bill promises to simplify and consolidate an area of law that has become increasingly complex over time. The Bill's starting point is the Law Commission's report Adult Social Care and it is hoped that most of the recommendations will find their way into the Bill. However, because the Bill will be delivered in draft form it will enter a pre-legislative scrutiny process, which will take time to complete. Furthermore, it is uncertain whether the Bill will go into the detail of the funding of social care. This is seen by many to be the key issue for the future of the social care system as a whole. The report of the Dilnot Commission suggested that a further £1.7 billion was needed to improve the system. We will wait to see what the Government decides.
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