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The anticipated benefits of reablement-ie, helping individuals to live independently at home for longer, thus delaying the need for formal care and/or admission to residential care-have not been specifically included in the impact assessment, so if benefits do arise this will free up resources which can be spent on offering more people reablement services. Neither the number of individuals who already benefit from reablement, nor the precise scale of the benefits, is known for certain. For this reason, no attempt has been made to quantify the net cost/benefit of reablement services.

Note:

1 The RAP data for 2007-08 can be found at: www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/social-care/adult-social-care-information/community-care-statistics-2007-2008:-referrals-assessments-and-packages-of-care-for-adults-england-provisional-council-data.

Asked by Lord Warner

Baroness Thornton: The assumptions about the annual growth in volumes and unit costs are taken directly from Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)'s micro-simulation model for older people. The figure of 1.5 per cent per year increase relates to the estimated impact of demographic pressure. It is separate from the estimated impact on demand of the introduction of free personal care. The figure of 2 per cent increase in real terms per year is a PSSRU assumption reflecting expected real rises in average earnings.

In Scotland, the experience of extending free personal care differs in respect of coverage, in that it is provided not just to those in highest need and includes those in residential care. For this reason, it was not considered appropriate or relevant to extrapolate changes in demand for personal care to the English context.



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Fair Access to Care Services (FACS) guidance on eligibility for local authorities, a copy of which has already been placed in the Library, establishes four levels of eligibility for services. These are critical, substantial, moderate and low, with critical representing the highest level of social care need.

Table 10 of the PSSRU's technical report of its micro-simulation model for older people1 estimates the number of people aged 65 and over whose needs are assessed as critical according to FACS before informal care considerations. Since the receipt-or not-of informal care forms part of the FACS assessment, it is important to take this into account when estimating the volume of individuals whose needs are likely to be assessed as critical according to FACS criteria, which the PSSRU does in table 12 of its report.

In addition, when estimating the volume of individuals likely to benefit from the proposals in the Personal Care at Home Bill, it is important to exclude those living at home who are not considered to be in highest need-that is, those requiring help with fewer than four activities of daily living-and those in residential care.

As a result-and including estimates of two specific demand effects-the estimated number of older people who will receive free personal care at home under the Personal Care at Home Bill is approximately 55,000 and the number estimated to be making a means-tested contribution towards the cost is 35,000 in 2011-12. These figures, which are shown in greater detail in table 2 of the impact assessment on the Personal Care at Home Bill, should be treated as estimates.

Note:

1 Analysing the Costs and Benefits of Social Care Funding Arrangements in England: Technical Report; Forder and Fernandez; PSSRU discussion paper 2644; July 2009.

Asked by Lord Warner

Baroness Thornton: The Personal Care At Home Bill itself will not directly impact on the Fair Access to Care Services (FACS) guidance on eligibility, a copy of which has already been placed in the Library. FACS guidance to local authorities establishes four levels of eligibility for services; these are critical, substantial, moderate and low, with critical representing the highest level of social care need.

A separate consultation on the revision of the existing FACS guidance ended on 6 October. The intention is to bring forward revised guidance in the new year.

The department is consulting separately on the detailed regulations and guidance under the Bill and the proposal that the offer of free personal care should be restricted to people in the FACS critical category who also need significant help with four or more activities of daily living.



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Any alteration to councils' ability to charge for aspects of care would need to be reflected in the department's Fairer Charging guidance, a copy of which has already been placed in the Library.

Asked by Lord Warner

Baroness Thornton: Changes to planned expenditure in 2010-11 include nearly £50 million from indicative advertising and communications spending, over £60 million from management consultancy spending and over £20 million in reduced administration costs.

In addition, a saving of £62 million will be achieved by transferring responsibility for research activity from other departmental budgets to the department's ring-fenced research and development budget. That budget will rise to over £1 billion in 2010-11. The research it currently funds will continue as planned.

Prisons: Extremism Unit

Question

Asked by Lord Tebbit

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Extremism in this specific context refers to violent extremism which describes the attitudes, beliefs and actions that condone violence (and in particular) terrorist violence as a means to a political end. It includes views which:

foment, justify or glorify terrorist violence;seek to provoke others to terrorist acts; andfoster hatred intended to cause violence between communities in the UK.

This definition can be found on page 33 of the document, Delivering the Prevent Strategy: An Updated Guide for Local Partners, published in August 2009. The document can be found at http://security.homeoffice. gov.uk/news-publications/publication-search/general/updated-guide-for-local-partners.

Railways: Contracts

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Asked by Lord Mawhinney



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The Secretary of State for Transport (Lord Adonis): The franchise agreement requires that operators provide services on those days specified in the agreement. Train operators may request that the Secretary of State allow them to operate a revised timetable if they are subject to the impact of external factors which are outside the operators' control. In these circumstances, operators are still under an obligation to demonstrate that they have used reasonable endeavours to operate the advertised timetable.

Roads: Londonderry

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: There have been no recent discussions. The funding arrangements in respect of this project are matters for the Northern Ireland Executive and the Irish Government to take forward.

Russia

Question

Asked by Lord Moonie

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead): The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the UK Border Agency held discussions with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in January and October of this year on operational visa issues relating to visas for both British and Russian nationals.

Scottish Executive: Staff

Question

Asked by Lord Foulkes of Cumnock

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon): The head of the Home Civil Service has an extensive outreach programme of engagement relating to the Civil Service where he meets stakeholders and others to hear first hand about the work being done by civil servants. This includes civil servants working in the Scottish Executive, including the Permanent Secretary. The noble Lord has also made representations.



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Swine Flu

Question

Asked by Lord Naseby

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead): Officials from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department of Health are in contact with the chief medical officers in all the Overseas Territories to help them in their response to the pandemic flu. We are ensuring that they have access to supplies of the vaccines if they want it. Territories are responsible for the healthcare of their citizens and it is for them to decide how much vaccine to purchase and how to distribute it among their population.

Terrorism Act 2006

Questions

Asked by Baroness Neville-Jones

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Records of the removal of potentially unlawful terrorist content by informal contact between the police and internet service providers have not been kept until now due to low awareness of this aspect of the administrative guidance concerning Section 3 of the Terrorism Act 2006. I understand the police have not yet found it necessary to use the formal powers given under Section 3 of the Terrorism Act 2006 to close any websites. That decision is, of course, an operational decision for the police to take.

The Home Office is working with the Association of Chief Police Officers (Terrorism and Allied Matters) to update the guidance on the use of Section 3 of the Terrorism Act 2006. The guidance will be made more accessible with clearly explained procedures and be drawn to the attention of senior officers in all forces. This guidance will be available in January 2010.

Asked by Baroness Neville-Jones



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Lord West of Spithead: The Home Office is working with the Association of Chief Police Officers (Terrorism and Allied Matters) to update the guidance on the use of Section 3 of the Terrorism Act 2006, which sets out advice on keeping records when websites are closed using this legislation. The guidance will be made more accessible with clearly explained procedures and be drawn to the attention of senior officers in all forces. This guidance will be available in January 2010.

Asked by Baroness Neville-Jones

Lord West of Spithead: We do not consider that the absence of full records concerning closure of terrorist sites reflects any lack of activity in this area.

UN: Regional Centre for Preventative Diplomacy

Question

Asked by Viscount Waverley

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead): The Head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for central Asia, Ambassador Jenca, outlined the centre's priorities in a meeting with my honourable friend the Minister for Europe on 26 November 2009. These are water and energy management; drug trafficking, terrorism and organised crime; and Afghanistan. We believe that the centre is equipped to take forward work on these issues. The resources allocated to the centre are a matter for the UN 5th Committee.

Zoonoses Regulations

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Asked by Lord Taylor of Holbeach



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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Davies of Oldham): Details of the increased fees, including comparison with last year's costs, are set out in the table below.

ActivitiesCharge for 2008-09 (£)Charge for 2009-10 (£)

Taking or supervising the taking of official control samples

55 plus investigation fee of 25 per 1/2 hour (or part thereof)

66 plus 29 per 1/2 hour (or part thereof)

Examining official control samples

15.00

15.30

Optional testing for layer flocks to exclude false-positives

a) Testing 4,000 eggs for the presence of Salmonella

2,150

2,235

b) Testing internal organs from 300 carcasses for the presence of Salmonella

3,300

3,435

c) Enhanced environmental testing to detect Salmonella

105

107.10

When the fees regulations were drafted it was agreed that the cost of the shared service component of the administration charge should be phased in over a

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two-year period: 50 per cent of the increase of this component in 2007-08; 75 per cent in 2008-09; and 100 per cent in 2009-10. Please see the previous PQ1007 130209 for details of these costs.

Due to a reassessment of the cost of shared services by Animal Health this plan has been modified slightly. The cost was phased in with 75 per cent of the increase from 1 January 2009 and then 100 per cent in the current fees regulations amendment as detailed above.


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