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Health and Social Care (Independent Living) Bill [HL] 2009-10

Type of Bill:
Private Members' Bill (Starting in the House of Lords)
Sponsor:
Lord Ashley of Stoke

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Lords

  1. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Latest Bill

House Bill Date
Lords HL Bill 19 09-10 (as introduced) | PDF version, 226KB 24.11.2009

Latest news on the Health and Social Care (Independent Living) Bill [HL] 2009-10

First reading took place on 23 November. This stage is a formality that signals the start of the Bill's journey through the Lords.

The 2009-10 session of parliament has prorogued and this Bill will make no further progress.

Summary of the Health and Social Care (Independent Living) Bill [HL] 2009-10

The purpose of the Health and Social Care (Independent Living) Bill is to create the conditions in which disabled people can live independent lives, and enjoy the same choice, freedom, dignity, control and substantive opportunities as persons who are not disabled, at home, work and as members of the community.  In particular, the Bill seeks to enable people with disabilities to make decisions about what care and assistance they receive, and about their living arrangements, by providing rights and entitlements to independent living.

Lord Ashley of Stoke has tabled this Bill, under the title of Disabled Persons (Independent Living) Bill, in the previous three parliamentary sessions, most recently on  9 December 2008.

Key areas
 
  • A duty would be placed on local authorities to ensure the appropriate levels of support, advocacy, accommodation and employment opportunities are available to disabled people in their area.
  • NHS services would have to ensure the appropriate levels of support, rehabilitation and palliative care services are available to disabled people.
  • Local authorities and NHS bodies would have to co-operate to provide integrated services.
  • A national independent living implementation plan and local independent living strategies would have to be established.
  • Local authorities and NHS bodies would have to maintain registers of disabled people in their areas.
  • The right for all disabled people to self-directed assessments of their requirements concerning any assistance, support, associated treatment, therapy, health or personal care, or skills training that they might need to live independent lives would be established.
  • A duty would be placed on responsible authorities to allocate individual budgets to disabled people, to be allocated, used and controlled in a manner of that person’s choosing.
  • No disabled person should be placed in a care establishment against their wishes, and should they wish to live in such an establishment it will be one of their choosing.
  • The Mental Health Act 1983 would be amended to ensure independent living options are investigated before authorities decide to section or provide compulsory treatment.
  • Local housing authorities would have to provide disabled people with accessible and affordable homes.

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