3. Decision-making on social care

Because every community and every local area is different with unique populations who all have different needs, it is vital that social care is a local service, run by councils who are democratically accountable to their residents.

Recent polling shows that the public most trusts councils to make local decisions about services in a local area – selected by 71 per cent of respondents. Similarly, local councillors were selected by 69 per cent of respondents as the individuals most trusted to make decisions about local services.

Councils care passionately about adult social care and are proud of the role they play in supporting and improving people’s lives. With the right level of funding, councils can continue to make a positive difference to people’s wellbeing.

There is a huge amount of impressive work going on across the country with councils constantly trying to improve social care services, despite increasing funding pressures.

That’s important because the public are understandably concerned about achieving a consistent standard of care and preventing a postcode lottery.

Although councils need the flexibility to offer different care to meet the needs of residents, nobody wants to see the quality of service depend on where you live rather than on what you need and want.

But the answer to this isn’t for social care to be provided or managed at a national level. There is little evidence to suggest running services nationally makes them more consistent than services delivered locally – and it could in fact make inequalities worse.

 

3. Decision-making on social care

Because every community and every local area is different with unique populations who all have different needs, it is vital that social care is a local service, run by councils…

4. Funding for adult social care

With the right level of funding, councils can continue to make a positive difference to people’s wellbeing. But the challenge of meeting increasing demand with dwindling resources has taken adult…

5. What are the options for change?

If social care is in crisis, why has it proved so hard for successive governments to deliver sustainable, long-term funding for this crucial service? The answer lies partly in the…

6. How should we pay for these changes?

All of the options will cost a significant amount of money – even maintaining the current system will cost more than is currently available due to increasing demand and inflation….