Views wanted on social care
Friday 16 September 2011
‘Caring for our future’ is a new discussion on care and support
The Department of Health has launched ‘Caring for our future’, an engagement exercise to inform its plans to improve the social care system in England.
Care services minister Paul Burstow said: "I want to see high-quality care that gives people choice in how their needs and ambitions are met, and helps them to live independent, active and healthy lives."
'Caring for our future’ asks for views on six areas:
Improving quality and developing the workforce
Increasing personalisation and choice
Ensuring services are better integrated around people's needs
Supporting greater prevention and early intervention
Creating a more diverse and responsive care market
The role of the financial services sector in supporting users, carers and their families.
The consultation follows two major reports on social care. In May, the Law Commission recommended simplifying adult social care into a single statute for England and Wales. It also called for improvements to assessments and for national eligibility criteria.
In July, Andrew Dilnot published the final recommendations on social care in England from the Commission on Funding of Care and Support. The report’s recommendations included capping individuals’ lifetime contributions towards their social care costs at £35,000. Crucially, it also recommended that all those who enter adulthood with a care and support need should be eligible for free state support immediately, rather than being subjected to a means test.
The government says it will publish a white paper on social care reform and a progress report on funding reform in spring 2012.
Mencap’s chief executive, Mark Goldring, said: "Failure to reform risks thousands of people with a learning disability not getting the care they need or having the ability to fund it, and risks more carers reaching breaking point. Mencap is pleased that the government has put reform on the agenda."
Find out more and give your views on the 'Caring for our future' website
To share your views with Mencap, email firstname.lastname@example.org