Green paper

Your views matter. Our green paper is only a starting point and we want to build momentum for a debate across the country about how to fund the care we want to see in all our communities for adults of all ages and how our wider care and health system can be better geared towards supporting and improving people’s wellbeing.

Throughout this green paper we pose a series of consultation questions and we would welcome your views on all those that are important to you. The consultation will run from 31 July to 26 September. Once the consultation closes we will analyse all responses and publish a response in the autumn.

To complete the consultation, please read the green paper and then visit ‘have your say‘ and submit your views via the online form.

If you’d prefer to submit via email, please use: socialcareconversation@local.gov.uk

If you are responding as an individual there is also an option to answer the questions in the ‘Summary Green Paper‘ section which are primarily focussed on gathering experience-based evidence and opinions.

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What our partners have said

We’d like to thank our partners from across the sector for their thoughts, comments and input into the green paper. Here’s what they have to say…

Foreword

High quality social care and support helps people live the life they want to live. It helps bind our communities, it sustains our NHS and it provides essential economic value to our country.

Executive summary

While it is true that social care and the NHS are inextricably linked, it should be seen an essential service in its own right and the people who work hard to deliver the service should be seen as just as valuable as staff in the NHS.

Who is this green paper aimed at?

Questions about the future of adult social care and support, and the wider changes we need to make to our care and health system to improve wellbeing, should be everyone’s business.

4. The options for change

Why has it proved so hard for successive governments to deliver sustainable long term funding for this crucial service?

5. Adult social care and wider wellbeing

If we are to really tackle the full extent of future demand with quality services we need to refocus our efforts on intervening earlier and preventing needs developing in the first place.

6. Adult social care and the NHS

Joining up care and support and intervening and offering early support to keep people well is a more efficient use of resources but efficiency alone is not enough.

8. Have your say

Answer the questions relevant to you and your organisation and submit your views to be added to our research.