Care now and for the future: an inquiry into adult social care

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Thraves, Laurie; Sillett, Janet; Carr-Wesy, Jonathan
Local Government Information Unit
Date of publication
1 July 2012
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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This report summarises the findings of the All Party Parliamentary Local Government Group's enquiry into adult social care and the role of local government in improving adult social care. The findings point to a growing social care funding problem. Whilst the report does comment on long-term funding reform, the focus is on what improvements can be made to improve the care system and meet current funding challenges. The inquiry found that the best local partnerships are helping to manage the demand for and cost of care by: enabling citizens to lead independent lives through investment in preventative and reabling services; helping people to be financially independent by connecting them with appropriate financial advice; and acting as market-shapers for care services. The report makes four key recommendations: local government and the NHS must integrate services and budgets to change the focus of social care services and spending towards prevention; give Health and Wellbeing Boards the power to influence the NHS Commissioning Boards' plans, and the right to challenge those plans; divert additional resources from NHS budgets to preventative care; and local authorities across the country should as a matter of urgency emulate the best practice featured in this report to help people stay independent for longer, manage and stimulate a market care of provision, and to ensure all citizens receive timely and appropriate advice about their care options.

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