An amendment to the Care Bill, proposed by care minister Norman Lamb, has been passed, allowing an independent appeals system for council care decisions to be established through regulations.

In the final session of the public bill committee stage on 4 February, an amendment was agreed introducing an independent care and support appeals tribunal to examine the merits of council decisions on care. This was originally proposed by the previous draft Care and Support Bill joint scrutinising committee because the introduction of the cap on reasonable care costs would increase the number of people being assessed by local authorities, resulting in contested decisions on eligibility.

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