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LGA and ADASS on Care Bill

Written by LGA

Joint statement from Katie Hall (Chair, LGA Community Wellbeing Board) and David Pearson (President, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services).

 

“The Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) welcome the announcement by Norman Lamb MP (Minister of State for Care and Support) of a new grant for local authorities to support the implementation of the Care Bill.

 

We have argued hard for more resources to support these reforms. This grant – £23 million for 2014/15 – provides additional resource to local authorities to help them plan in detail to implement the profound reforms required by the Care Bill. Along with the £2.7 million for the Care Bill and Better Care Fund announced in February and distributed regionally through ADASS, this grant recognises the significance of the reforms, the scale of the challenges in timescale for local authorities, and the importance of getting implementation right first time.

 

The Care Bill reforms need to be seen as an integral part of a wider transformation of the health and social care system, which includes integration and the Better Care Fund (BCF). The Care Bill provides the legislative underpinning for the BCF and elements of integration including the duty of prevention and cooperation with local partners. Therefore, the practical matter of Care Bill implementation cannot be divorced from the wider programme of reforms, which itself builds on a radically reshaped health system that is still bedding down.

 

We remain concerned about the scale of the implementation challenge given the current timescales and context. We also remain concerned that inadequate funding for the reforms, and for the system itself, will jeopardise the Bill’s good intentions. The reforms being implemented through the Care Bill need to be fully costed and funded as new burdens. However, we are pleased to be working with the Department of Health on implementation and welcome the additional support this grant provides.”