Community care

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on community care. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

03.09.2014Independent Living Fund
This note provides a short history of the Independent Living Fund and the arrangements being made for its closure in June 2015. It covers the UK.
13.08.2014Community care: Social Indicators page
Community care: Social Indicators page. By Rachael Harker. SN/SG/2643.
15.05.2014Social care funding reform: FAQs
Answers to FAQs about how the proposed reformed social care funding system is intended to work.
10.04.2014Financing Care Home Charges
This note is designed to help Members and their assistants answer constituents' queries about the local authority means-test for care home charges for the elderly
27.11.2013Direct payments and personal budgets for social care
This note gives a brief overview of the rules governing the provision and use of direct payments for social care and provides information on the development of personal budgets for care.

Research Papers

11.12.2013Care Bill [HL]
The Care Bill would consolidate existing legislation for adult social care in England into a single framework, and introduce reforms to the way care and support is accessed and funded. It also includes reforms to the regulation of health services and care standards.
30.08.2011Health and Social Care (Re-committed) Bill: the NHS Future Forum and the Committee Stage Report
On 21 June 2011 the House agreed a motion re-committing certain clauses of the Health and Social Care Bill to the Public Bill Committee that had previously considered the Bill. The Committee met between 28 June and 14 July 2011 and agreed a number of Government amendments, introduced in response to the recommendations the 'NHS Future Forum'. Key changes are intended to clarify the Secretary of State for Health's overall responsibility for the NHS, to ensure good governance for the new groups that will be responsible for commissioning NHS-funded services, to strengthen duties to involve the public and health professionals in decision making, and to amend duties in relation to the role of competition and integration in the health service. The Bill is due to have its Report stage and Third Reading on 6 and 7 September 2011.
06.04.2011Health and Social Care Bill: Committee Stage Report.
The Health and Social Care Bill had its Second Reading in the Commons on 31 January 2011. The Bill was considered in Public Bill Committee in 28 sittings, between 8 February and 31 March 2011. A large number of Government amendments were made, mainly minor and technical changes, although significant alterations were made to clauses 103 and 104 in Part 3 of the Bill, to prevent competition on price. No Opposition amendments were agreed. This Paper summarises the Commons Second Reading debate and Committee stages and supplements the House of Commons Library Research Paper Health and Social Care Bill (RP 11/11), which was produced for the Bill's Second Reading.
27.01.2011Health and Social Care Bill
This briefing on the Health and Social Care Bill has been prepared for the Second Reading debate on the Bill in the House of Commons on 31 January 2011. The Bill is intended to give effect to the reforms requiring primary legislation that were proposed in the NHS White Paper Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS. This White Paper set out the Government's aims to reduce central control of the NHS, to engage doctors in the commissioning of health services, and to give patients greater choice.
09.12.2009Personal Care at Home Bill. Bill 11 2009-10.
In September 2009, the Government announced that it would be introducing free personal care for people living in their own home with the highest care needs. The Bill follows proposals announced earlier in the year in the Shaping the Future of Care Together green paper to create a National Care Service for social care. It is intended that the introduction of free personal care will be the first step in setting up the National Care Service.

Early Day Motions

That this House welcomes the construction of the Drum Brae Library and Community Hub which will open to the public at the end of January 2012; notes that the centre will include a day ...
25.10.2011COLLEGE OF SOCIAL WORK (No. 2)
That this House notes with concern the issues raised by the British Association of Social Workers in respect of the proper establishment and appropriate use of public funds in relation ...
That this House notes thatcross-party commitment and co-operation is urgently needed to reform the way that adult social care is delivered; acknowledges the desire amongst all parties ...
That this House notes that National Carers Week takes place from 13 to 19 June 2011; acknowledges the invaluable role of carers of all ages in Walsall South and across the UK; recognises ...
That this House acknowledges that the current system of care and support is in crisis and that, despite initiatives to improve early intervention, personalise services, increase choice ...

POST Papers

08.10.2014Palliative and End of Life Care
This POSTnote provides an overview of palliative care and its key components, approaches to managing and standardising care and key challenges to providing high quality care.


  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses