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Health and Social Care Act 2001

Section 56: Cross-Border Placements

269.The existing legislation does not allow local authorities in England and Wales to make and pay for residential care placements in Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. This section will enable regulations to be made to allow this. It is intended to allow people needing residential care to have care closer to their families, for example, where their families have moved away.

270.Subsection (1) allows regulations to be made authorising local authorities to make arrangements for a person to be provided with residential accommodation in Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

271.Subsection (2) provides that the regulations may, in particular, make provision specifying conditions to be satisfied before a local authority may make such arrangements, and may make provision applying the provisions of the 1948 Act with or without modifications.

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