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The government has rejected a user-group’s request for an urgent investigation into a local authority following claims the council is ‘disregarding’ its Care Act duties.

Disability group Equal Lives wrote to health secretary Jeremy Hunt in March urging him to order the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to inspect Norfolk Council.

The group sent Hunt details of eight cases it claimed showed the local authority had breached its Care Act responsibilities.

The council has refuted the claim it breached legal duties.

The CQC used to have the power to inspect local authority adult social services under section 48 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008. However, the Care Act 2014 introduced an amendment that means the regulator cannot launch these inspections without the approval of the secretary of state.

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