Baroness Murphy

Integration of Health and Social Care

Baroness Murphy

Baroness Cumberlege Lord Laming This morning I chaired the last of four seminars for peers about the new draft Social Care Bill. They’ve been organised by Baroness Jolly from the Lib Dems. The last seminar this year but not the last of the many more I expect for next year when the bill finally arrives.…

When is a section not a section?

Baroness Murphy

Yesterday afternoon we passed emergency legislation, introduced into the house and passed in one day, including receiving Royal Assent. This is a relatively rare occurrence. It can only happen if all parties agree to the urgent necessity. The Mental Health (Approval Functions) Bill came about because the Government discovered that 4 out of 10 Strategic…

Badger Bovver

Baroness Murphy

You can bet your bottom dollar that we won’t have a badger cull, and it won’t be anything to do with the science. It’ll be because by next year the Government won’t be able to resist the noise from a rather small group of campaigners. Someone is bound to comment that an e-petition of 160,000…

Financial Complexities

Baroness Murphy

I took one look at the explanatory notes to Local Government Finance Bill currently traversing the House and thought ‘oh dear, not one for me’…its complexities are clearly designed for the numerous experts in the House who have a grasp of the inner workings of local authority finance. But yesterday, as it nears the final…

Social Care draft bill arrives

Baroness Murphy

Back in the House today for the first time since March…a glorious summer in Italy and a lovely spring and so far a sunny autumn in Norfolk. Returning then with some ambivalence about spending these mid-weeks in London but the draft Social Care Bill has arrived and will go into pre-legislative scrutiny later this autumn,…