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Market Oversight in Adult Social Care (2013), DH

We are consulting on policy proposals to strengthen oversight of the social care market. Our proposals are summarised on pages 8-12.
This consultation has two elements;

‐first, what further measures are needed to strengthen and clarify the responsibility of local authorities in relation to care users in the event of the failure of a care provider (see pages 25-28)
‐second, whether a targeted model of central oversight would be appropriate and if so, what the elements of this model would be (pages 29-45)
Scope to influence:

The consultation document sets out several questions and we will analyse and consider in full your responses to these to help inform the policy. We ask that your responses are set out in the pro forma at ‘Annex C’ in this consultation document. This helps us to analyse responses to each question in turn. However, we will consider points relating to questions that are made in other sections and responses in all formats, provided they are submitted by the closing date of Friday 1st March 2013.
We believe the proposals set out in this document are the most effective solution, based on our assumptions and analysis. However, if a reasoned explanation is provided through the consultation, we are willing to reconsider; ‐any of the four alternative models set out in the Impact Assessment2 ‐the assumptions in this consultation document, for example that a central oversight regime would not be required for local operators, as local exit