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Social Services

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 102671, tabled on 12 January 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the number of adults requiring care who currently have unmet needs.

Answered on

20 January 2022

No specific assessment has been made. Local authorities are responsible for assessing individuals' eligibility for care and support as stated in the Care Act 2014 and, where the individual is eligible for financial support, for meeting those needs. Where individuals are not eligible for financial support, local authorities may assist them to make arrangements for care. The assurance framework, being delivered through the Health and Social Care Bill, includes a new duty for the Care Quality Commission make an assessment of local authorities’ delivery of adult social care duties.