Goodbye (English) easements

Publishing its review of the Coronavirus Act one year one and the ‘Steps’ regulations for the next stage of lockdown the DHSC has confirmed that a total of 12 provisions will be removed from the Coronavirus Act (in addition to the mental health powers that were removed in December for England).  Most relevantly,

  • Section 15 (applies to England and Wales and will be expired for England): Care Act easements (DHSC). Some duties to local authorities are relaxed under this section, allowing them to streamline assessment and charge for care retrospectively. There is strong stakeholder support to remove this provision. Eight local authorities in England have used the powers but the power has not been used since 29 June 2020.

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