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06 August, 2018 by Andy

Government Green Paper Consultation event - read more....

'The lives we want to lead'

The LGA green paper for adult social care and wellbeing

Adult social care and support matters to everyone in the country but decades of failures to find a sustainable solution to how to pay for services, and the Government’s recent decision to delay its long-awaited green paper on the issue until the autumn, has prompted council leaders to take action.

The knock on effect of increased pressure on adult social care services – of which the spend for some councils accounts for over half of their core spending power– impacts on many of the services that keep our communities running in councils across the country.

Today we am writing to let you know that we have launched a nationwide consultation to kick-start a desperately-needed debate on how to pay for adult social care and rescue the services caring for older and disabled people from collapse.

Why are we undertaking a consultation?

Adult social care provides personal and practical support to people of all ages help them live the lives they want to lead. It supports people who have disabilities, mental health conditions or are generally frail, as well as their carers.

It helps bind our communities, it sustains our NHS and it provides essential economic value to our country.

But social care is facing a crisis. It has been underfunded for many years and is facing a funding gap of £3.56 billion by 2024/25. Plugging this gap would just keep services standing still and does not include any funding needed to improve services. The longer-term remains just as insecure. It is time to come together and make case that investment in social care and support for people who need it helps them to reach their, and in turn our country’s, full potential.

Why your views are important?

We are all likely to be touched by social care at some point in our lives, whether that be ourselves or our friends and families. It’s therefore essential that everyone has a say in what the future of social care should look like and how we should pay for it.

We want to start a nationwide debate about how best to fund the care we want in all our communities for adults of all ages - and how social care, the NHS and other public services can work together to support and improving people’s wellbeing.

This is our chance to put social care right at the very heart of the Government’s thinking.

Dear colleague,


The LGA green paper for adult social care and wellbeing

This week the Local Government Association (LGA) launched its green paper for adult social care and well-being. The publication of this paper is as a result of the Government’s recent decision to delay its long-awaited green paper on the issue until the autumn, which has prompted council leaders to take action.

The LGA are running an eight week consultation on the issues raised in their green paper which will run until 26 September 2018. This consultation is open to all – regardless of whether they are directly affected by or receive adult social care and support. The LGA will use the findings of the consultation to help influence the Government’s own green paper and its spending plans.

Important issues are raised in the consultation in terms of the role of Adult Social Care in helping people live the life they want to lead and how this is funded. These issues affect all stakeholders in Adult Social Care.

The City Council will prepare its own response to this consultation you may wish to respond aswell as a key stakeholder.

The green paper and supplementary information and be viewed by following the link:

http://www.futureofadultsocialcare.co.uk

Below is also an introductory statement from the LGA introducing the consultation.

Best regards



Cllr Faye Abbott

Cabinet Member for Adult Services



and


Pete Fahy

Director of Adult Services

Coventry City Council

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'The lives we want to lead'

The LGA green paper for adult social care and wellbeing

Adult social care and support matters to everyone in the country but decades of failures to find a sustainable solution to how to pay for services, and the Government’s recent decision to delay its long-awaited green paper on the issue until the autumn, has prompted council leaders to take action.

The knock on effect of increased pressure on adult social care services – of which the spend for some councils accounts for over half of their core spending power– impacts on many of the services that keep our communities running in councils across the country.

Today we am writing to let you know that we have launched a nationwide consultation to kick-start a desperately-needed debate on how to pay for adult social care and rescue the services caring for older and disabled people from collapse.

Why are we undertaking a consultation?

Adult social care provides personal and practical support to people of all ages help them live the lives they want to lead. It supports people who have disabilities, mental health conditions or are generally frail, as well as their carers.

It helps bind our communities, it sustains our NHS and it provides essential economic value to our country.

But social care is facing a crisis. It has been underfunded for many years and is facing a funding gap of £3.56 billion by 2024/25. Plugging this gap would just keep services standing still and does not include any funding needed to improve services. The longer-term remains just as insecure. It is time to come together and make case that investment in social care and support for people who need it helps them to reach their, and in turn our country’s, full potential.

Why your views are important?

We are all likely to be touched by social care at some point in our lives, whether that be ourselves or our friends and families. It’s therefore essential that everyone has a say in what the future of social care should look like and how we should pay for it.

We want to start a nationwide debate about how best to fund the care we want in all our communities for adults of all ages - and how social care, the NHS and other public services can work together to support and improving people’s wellbeing.

This is our chance to put social care right at the very heart of the Government’s thinking.