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Expected Inspectorate Merger Bill Fails to Appear

Magazine article Public Finance

Expected Inspectorate Merger Bill Fails to Appear

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Health and education took a back seat in the Queen's Speech, but the absence of a Bill merging the health and social care inspectorates drew confused responses.

Until last week, the sector expected plans to merge the Commission for Social Care Inspection, the Healthcare Commission and the Mental Health Act Commission by 2008.

The merger would partially fulfil the 2005 Budget pledge to cut the number of public service inspectorates from 11 to four, although that target was scuppered last month by a Home Office U-turn over merger plans for the five criminal justice regulators.

A spokesman for the Local Government Association said they were 'disappointed' by the absence of a merger Bill. However, he added: 'The CSCI has made a strong case that's convinced the government that's not the direction to go in.'

CSCI chair Dame Denise Platt had insisted the two-year-old body had not had enough time to prove the worth of a dedicated adult social care inspectorate. …

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