Caring for our future: reforming care and support

Document type
White Paper
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Dept. of Health
Date of publication
11 July 2012
Cm 8378
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Disabled people, Older Adults
Social welfare
Material type

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The system of care and support in England, developed in a piecemeal fashion over more than six decades, is broken and in desperate need for reform. The new system set out in the White Paper. The new system  will focus on people's well being, supporting them to live independently as long as possible. Proposals include:

  • Abolishing the postcode lottery in free social care by bringing in a national threshold for access
  • Ensuring that someone who moves to a different part of the country keeps the same level of care
  • Establishing a new code of conduct for care workers
  • Introducing rules to make it harder for councils to commission home help visits of only 15 minutes
  • Allocating funds to pay for improvements to allow people to stay in their own homes
  • Considering free social care for the terminally ill, to enable them to stay at home
  • Improving public access to advice about care provision
  • Allowing earlier assessments of young people with disabilities to enable a smooth  transition into adult social care services

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