TS1. The State of Adult Social Care Funding: Securing Short-Term Sustainability
The measures the Government has taken in recent years to address the scale of funding pressures facing adult social care have been welcome. However, the Government position that councils have “access to up to £9.4 billion more dedicated funding for social care over three years” (Government response to Competition and Markets Authority report on care homes, March 2018) is problematic. The council tax precept shifts the burden of tackling a clear national crisis onto councils and their residents and is not sustainable. Last financial year’s Adult Social Care Support Grant was not new money and was instead created from savings of equivalent value from the New Homes Bonus (in effect a redistribution of funding already promised to councils). And the improved Better Care Fund monies give disproportionate dominance to the priority of reducing pressures with the associated focus on delayed transfers of care.
The green paper will, we hope, address the question of sustainable funding for care and support. But, we expect, it will look at the medium to long-term and it will take a considerable time – realistically well into the next Spending Review period – before any proposals put forward in the green paper actually begin to deliver significant increased funding for the system. This means a further period in which adult social care will struggle to stay afloat.
Coming shortly after the Government’s Budget on 29 October, this session will explore the current state of adult social care funding, the pressures facing the system now and their consequences. As we look ahead to next year’s Spending Review, the session will identify the priorities the Government must address in the short-term in order to ensure that any reforms emanating from the green paper are not made to a system that is further destabilised by financial pressure.
LGA – TBC
David Pearson CBE, ADASS
Ashley McDougall, Director, Local Service Delivery, National Audit Office
Colin Angel, Policy Director, United Kingdom Homecare Assocation, Care Provider Alliance
DHSC – TBC
TS2. What Works: How To Keep Children Out Of Care – Will This Work In Your Area?
Location: Charter 1