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Coronavirus: Disability

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 134038, tabled on 6 January 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure disabled people can access support services during the covid-19 outbreak without proving their disability.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

13 January 2021

Under the Care Act 2014 an individual who appears to have care and support needs is entitled to ask their local authority for a needs assessment to establish whether they are eligible for care and support. If the individual’s needs meet the criteria set out in the eligibility regulations, the local authority has a duty to meet those needs, subject to a financial assessment.

The Care Act Statutory Guidance states that “the local authority should base their judgment on the assessment of the adult and a formal diagnosis of the condition should not be required.”

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Department of Health and Social Care
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