MIL-OSI UK: Lords debates Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Source: British Parliament News

19 December 2018
Members of the Lords, including the shadow attorney general and a former Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, will debate the remit of, and arrangements for the handling of evidence by, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, in the House of Lords on Thursday 20 December.

This is a balloted debate. They normally take place on a Thursday in the chamber. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government’s attention to concerns.
The debate was proposed by Lord Campbell-Savours (Labour), former member of the parliamentary Joint Committee on the Draft Charities Bill 2004-05.
Members expected to take part include:
Baroness Chakrabarti (Labour), shadow attorney general and council member of law reform and human rights organisation JUSTICE
Lord Hunt of Wirral (Conservative), chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Legal and Constitutional Affairs 
Lord Paddick (Liberal Democrat), former Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service
Baroness Barran (Conservative), government whip, will respond on behalf of the government.
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MIL-OSI UK: Lords debates impact of sport, recreation and the arts on society

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18 December 2018
Members of the Lords, including the former director of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, will debate how sport, recreation and the arts contribute to the wellbeing of society, in the House of Lords on Wednesday 19 December.

This is a general debate. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government’s attention to concerns.
The debate was proposed by Lord Moynihan (Conservative), former director of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Members expected to take part include:
Lord Addington (Liberal Democrat), vice president of the UK Sports Assocation
Baroness Bull (Crossbench), member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council
Lord Howarth of Newport (Labour), president of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance
Baroness Sater (Conservative), chair and trustee of community sports charity StreetGames UK
Viscount Younger of Leckie (Conservative), government whip and former Lords spokesperson in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, will respond on behalf of the government.
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MIL-OSI UK: Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill: Lords third reading

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10 December 2018
The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill has its third reading, a chance to ‘tidy up’ the bill and make changes, in the Lords, on Tuesday 11 December 2018.

Members are expected to discuss consideration of the views of any relevant person about the wishes of the cared-for person, along with the meaning of the term ‘relevant person’. 
Following the completion of third reading, the bill will go to the House of Commons for its consideration.
Lords report stage day two: Tuesday 27 November
Members are expected to discuss a range of subjects including the appointment of an Approved Mental Capacity Professional in the case of disagreement over care arrangements and the settlement of outstanding safeguarding applications prior to the commencement of Act.
There was one division (vote) on a proposed change to the bill.
The vote concerned the insertion of a new clause into the bill entitled ‘Right to Information’.
The clause would ensure that prior to any authorisation of care arrangements, the cared-for individual – or their advocate – are fully informed of their rights, and the responsible body takes necessary steps to explain all possible outcomes and the reasons why the cared-for person may be deprived of their liberty.
The rights of the cared-for individual would include:
the right to an assessment of arrangements by an Approved Mental Capacity professional
the right to an advocate
the right to challenge the authorisation of care arrangements in court
The clause would also ensure:
The Independent Mental Capacity Advocate takes necessary steps to assist the cared-for individual in understanding their care arrangements and rights
The responsible body takes responsibility for referring cases to court when the cared-for individuals exercises their right for judicial review
277 members voted in favour of the new clause and 192 voted against, and so the change was made.
Third reading, a chance to ‘tidy up’ the bill and make changes, is yet to be scheduled.
Lords report stage day one: Wednesday 21 November
Members discussed a range of subjects including education, health and care plans and deprivation of liberty.
There was also one division (vote) on proposed changes (amendments) to the bill.
Members considered a change to the bill which would ensure that the authorisation arrangements for care and treatments are necessary to prevent harm to the cared-for person.
202 members were in favour of this amendment, with 188 against, so the change was made.
Lords committee stage day three: Monday 22 October
Members discussed a range of subjects, including the restriction on power of attorneys, training for home care managers and the duties of the Care Quality Commission.
Lords committee stage day two: Monday 15 October
Members discussed a range of subjects, including the authorisation of home care arrangements, the duty of care providers to ascertain the wishes of the cared-for person and the access of NHS bodies to a clinical ethics committee.
A third day of committee stage is scheduled for 22 October.
Lords committee stage day one: Wednesday 5 September
Members discussed a range of topics, including unlawful deprivation of liberty, advance consent and training for care home managers.
Lords second reading: Monday 16 July
Baroness Barran (Conservative), chair of the Henry Smith Charity, made her maiden speech.
Lord O’Shaughnessy (Conservative), parliamentary under-secretary in the Department of Health and Social Care, responded on behalf of the government.
Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill summary
This bill will reform the process in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 for authorising arrangements enabling the care or treatment of people who lack capacity to consent to such arrangements, which give rise to a deprivation of their liberty.
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MIL-OSI UK: Committee takes evidence from experts on social care funding

Source: British House Of Lords News

07 December 2018
The Economic Affairs Committee hears from Age UK, The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Local Government Association  on social care funding in England.

Witnesses
Tuesday 11 December in Committee Room 1, Palace of WestminsterAt 3.35pm.
Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK
Jules Constantinou, President, Institute and Faculty of Actuaries
At 4.30pm
Iain Macbeth, Resources Co-Lead, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and Director of Adult Care Services, Hertfordshire County Council
David Phillips, Associate Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)
Sarah Pickup OBE, Deputy Chief Executive, Local Government Association (LGA)
Likely questions
How has funding for adult social care fared in recent years compared to local government and other public services?
Are different funding solutions required for different generations?
Is the current social care system in England good value for money?  How could it be improved?
Is the current adult social care market sustainable?
How easy is the current social care funding system to understand?
How could people be better advised on the potential costs of social care and incentivised to save?
Why have successive governments been reluctant to address challenges in the delivery of social care?
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