Lords debate health and social care amendment to Brexit BillType: News
Topic: Policy and legislation
Published on: 27th February 2018
The House of Lords yesterday debated Amendment No.353 to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill tabled by Lord Nicol Stephen, Baroness Jenny Jolly and Lord Warner. The amendment was supported by Camphill Scotland, the Alliance of Health and Social Care Scotland and 65 partners organisations across the UK.
Lord supports Camphill
Lord Stephen, who tabled the Bill, noted during the debate that
The amendment was inspired by Camphill Scotland, which has many EU staff and volunteers living and working in its outstanding care communities.
More than 50 charitable and voluntary organisations support the amendment. These organisations do not care about the politics of Brexit; they care about the vulnerable children, disadvantaged adults, older people and those with mental health problems or long-term illnesses to whom they give support.
Background to the Amendment
Amendment No.353 would require the UK Government to make arrangements for an independent evaluation of the impact of the European Union (Withdrawal) legislation and of Brexit upon the health and social care sectors across the 4 Nations. This would be made after consulting the Scottish Ministers, the Welsh Ministers and the relevant Northern Ireland department, service providers, those requiring health and social care services, and others.
Our organisations believe this Amendment is necessary to determine the full impact of the legislation and of Brexit upon the health and social care sector across the 4 Nations, including the care and support for people with disabilities, for children and young people, for people with long term conditions and other support needs. This, in turn, will help to ensure that the strategic planning and decision making of Governments, local authorities, the third sector, trade unions, the health and social care sectors and other key agencies across the UK, in relation to the impact of Brexit on the health and social care sector in their respective nations, is fully informed and shaped by robust evidence.
The UK Government did not accept the Amendment, but the House of Lords will be able to return to the amendment when the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill enters its Report Stage in the next few months. Camphill Scotland, the Alliance and our partners will continue working with Peers to ensure that the important issues relating to health and social care raised by Amendment No.353 remain on the policy agenda, and receive appropriate parliamentary scrutiny, at Westminster.
Please contact Robert McGeachy, Policy and Engagement Manager, by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by phone 07825 149005, if you require more information, or would like to discuss this matter further.
Read the briefing paper in support of the amendment