The Personal Care at Home Bill was introduced into the House of Commons on 25 November 2009.
The Bill enables regulations to be made requiring free personal care to be provided to people in their own homes for an indefinite period, with the aim of enabling more people to avoid or delay entering residential accommodation. The Bill amends the Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) Act 2003 which, although requiring certain social care services to be provided free of charge, cannot require some of the services to be provided for a period longer than six weeks. The Bill is aimed at those who are most at risk of having to enter a residential home.
The Bill went to the House of Commons Committee stage on 12 January 2010. It has since progressed to the House of Lords, where it had its first reading on 13 January 2010. The Second Reading took place on 1 February 2010 and it should reach the House of Lords Committee stage on 22 February 2010.