The Local Government Association has called on the Government to publish its social care Green Paper before the party conference season in September.
“This should include a proper consultation on funding options and be accompanied by a government-led and sector-wide awareness campaign,” says Councillor Ian Hudspeth Chairman, LGA Community Wellbeing Board in a new report, One year on. The LGA green paper for adult social care and wellbeing.
In the report the LGA calls on Government to use the forthcoming Spending Review to close the projected adult social care funding gap – the estimated unit costs of delivering residential, nursing and home care and what councils paid in 2016-17 – totalling £3.6 billion by 2024-25. This will require a real terms annual 3.4 per cent increase in funding, says the LGA.
The awareness campaign should highlight what adult social care and support is, why it matters in its own right and what it could and should be with the right funding and investment.
To mark the first anniversary of the LGA’s consultation on social care, the One Year On report gives a number of perspectives on what life is like for people who experience care and support; and the context for the debate about the future of adult social care. Councillor Hudspeth said: “Any reforms emanating from the Government’s green paper will inevitably take time to be implemented. This hampers councils’ ability to plan even 12 months ahead. This year’s Spending Review is therefore a crucial opportunity to help stabilise and sustain adult social care for the short- to medium-term and provide much-needed clarity on future funding.”