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Care Homes: Fees and Charges

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to Local Authority Circular (2001)10 on charges for residential accommodation, under what circumstances a local authority is permitted to terminate its contract with the care provider for the 12-week property disregard; and whether the disregard continues to qualify for an individual who sells their home before the end of the 12-week period. [307697]

Phil Hope: Local authorities have a duty to provide residential care for people who are assessed as needing such care but are unable to pay for it. Under regulation 20 of the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulations 1992, no one shall be assessed as being unable to pay for their own residential care if their capital exceeds £23,000. It is for each local authority to decide whether it has a duty to provide care for an individual, taking all the available information into account and taking its own legal advice where appropriate.

For up to 12 weeks from the date a person is provided with local authority supported permanent residential care for the first time, the value of the dwelling the person would otherwise normally occupy as their only or main residence is disregarded from the financial assessment. If a person sells their home within the 12-week period, the disregard ceases to have effect from the date of the sale.

If the resident has more than £23,000 in capital, including the money from the sale of their main or only residence, they will be assessed as being able to pay and should contract for their own residential care. If the resident has less than £23,000, the local authority contract should continue and the money from the sale will be taken into account in the financial assessment for charging purposes.

Departmental Art Works

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on art works in the last 12 months. [306442]

Phil Hope: Works of art displayed in the Department are from the Government Art Collection (GAC), which publishes an annual list of acquisitions. The most recent
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details of acquisitions made by the GAC were published on 5 October 2009 and are available on the GAC website:

Departmental Manpower

Mr. Blunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff of his Department were in its redeployment pool on 1 (a) January, (b) April, (c) July and (d) October 2009. [306715]

Phil Hope: The numbers of displaced staff in the Department on the requested dates are presented in he following table.

Month Number of displaced staff

January 2009


April 2009


July 2009


October 2009


Departmental Public Relations

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what payments NHS Blood and Transplant has made to Fishburn Hedges in the last 12 months; for what purpose; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the contract under which such payments have been made. [305167]

Gillian Merron: NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has paid £94,458.18 to Fishburn Hedges over the past 12 months for a project manager recruited through that company. The project manager has developed and manages NHSBT's organ donation public awareness campaign, which was launched in November 2009, and which is due to run until spring 2010. A copy of the job description for this post has been placed in the Library.

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what payments the NHS Information Centre has made to Grayling Political Strategy in each of the last three
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years; for what purposes such payments were made; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the contract under which such payments were made. [305252]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: Payments were made to perform a range of duties relating to media and communications services, including relations with trade and general media, events, press work and general public affairs advice:








The NHS Information Centre will liaise with the Department's sponsor to ensure the relevant contracts are placed in the Library.

Departmental Training

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have spent on away days in the last 12 months; and what the (i) subject and (ii) location of each away day was. [306406]

Phil Hope: The Department is strongly committed to developing its staff and equipping them with the skills, knowledge and expertise they need to carry out their work. Away days make a significant contribution to such development.

Away days are typically arranged by individual teams in the Department and involve activities such as work planning, skills development and strategic thinking. No central records of these events are kept and extracting the necessary data from local sources would entail contacting approximately 200 teams and asking them to search for and retrieve the necessary information.

To collect this information task in the core Department would incur disproportionate costs.

The NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency has arranged the following away days in the last 12 months:

Date Subject Location Spend (£)

28 January 2009

Corporate Services team development



11 February 2009

Procurement Enablement team development



15 April 2009

Change Management Group team development

Warwick University


30 April 2009

Sourcing staff development



17 August 2009

Centre for Evidence-based Purchasing

Eynsham Hall




The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has arranged the following away days in the last 12 months:

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Division Date Subject Location Cost (£)


8 January 2009

Licensing Division Managers SDI teambuilding and communication improvement event

Missenden Abbey Conference Centre, Buckinghamshire


IE and S

19 January 2009


Node Conference Centre, Hertfordshire


Devices Medical

6 February 2009

Clinical Targets, Business Planning, Value for money and efficiency (Managers' Away Day)

The Royal Horseguards, Whitehall, London


Devices Medical

6 February2009

Away Day

Penn, Buckinghamshire


Executive Board

24 February 2009

Executive Board Away Day

Springs Hotel, Wallingford, Oxfordshire



9 March 2009

Training/development day on diversity

Windrush Exhibition, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth, London



13 March 2009

SDI teambuilding event/VRMM Information for Public Health Group Away day

Brit Oval, Kennington, London



26 March 2009

Directorate Away Day/Belbin team roles and work planning

Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London


Device Technology and Safety

23 April 2009

Away Day

Athenaeum Hotel, Piccadilly, London


Human Resources

6 May 2009

FIRO-B teambuilding event

Wallacespace, Covent Garden, London



8 May 2009

ECSSM Away Day/Belbin team roles

Brit Oval, Kennington, London



15 June 2009

VRMM Management Away day

London Marriott Hotel County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London



26 June 2009

CCM-Strategy day

Wallacespace, Covent Garden, London


IE and S

17 August 2009

Leadership Team Awayday

Regency Hotel, South Kensington, 100 Queen's Gate, London SW7 5AG



10 September 2009

VRMM Therapeutic Review Group Away day

Brit Oval, Kennington, London


Device Technology and Safety

17 September 2009

Away Day

Athenaeum Hotel, Piccadilly, London



25 September 2009

Information Centre Away Day

Chelsea Physic Garden, Central London



27 October 2009

Training/development day

Jodrell Laboratory, Kew Gardens, London



3 November 2009

Policy Skills and Business Planning

Riverside Park Plaza, Albert Embankment, London


IE and S

17 November 2009

Away Day

Hitchin Priory, Hertfordshire


IE and S

25 November 2009

Team Building Event

The Belfry, Birmingham



8 December 2009

VRMM Signal Management Group Away day

The Raceway, Docklands, London



15 December 2009

Senior Manager Away day





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