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Provision of social care debate

Peers took part in a debate on the provision of social care on 29 November 2012.

The debate was called by Labour's Baroness Pitkeathley, who is vice president of the charity Carers UK.

Social care accounted for 20% of all local authority spending in 2009-10, according to the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The 2010 spending review set out cuts of around 27% to 2014-15. The government says they are giving councils more "flexibility" on how they raise money through the Local Government Finance Act, which became law in October.

Lady Pitkeathley has described supporting carers as "an issue of morality but also an economic issue, since they are saving the UK £120bn every year - the cost of providing another NHS".

Two former vice presidents of the Local Government Association, crossbencher Baroness Greengross and Lib Dem Lord Shipley, are also expected to speak.

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