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:

“We support the LGA’s objective to show how local government can be at the forefront of developing pragmatic solutions, this should be the time for an informed debate with the public on the future of social care. The absence of adequate, long-term funding and reform for adult social care has already had a significant impact on increasing demand both in the NHS and across council services. As a sector we want to support people to live independent, fulfilled lives and we have shown to be effective in doing this when we have the right tools and funding. Ensuring that people and place are at heart of any reform is the right approach to take – we now need to pick up the pace of planning to address the urgency of need.”

Paul Najsarek, Solace lead spokesperson for wellbeing and Chief Executive of the London Borough of Ealing

“Local government and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) share a vision for social care which helps us all to live good lives in our own homes with the people we love. Immediate investment is needed to stabilise social care. Then councils and the VCSE sector must work with people who need support and their community organisations to co-design a social care system which intervenes early, sees the whole person and can stay with people and families for the long haul. Human, effective and sustainable approaches already exist: great councils have been pioneering their development. Now they must be scaled up and become the norm.”

Alex Fox OBE, Chief Executive of Shared Lives Plus and independent chair of the Joint VCSE Review

“It is vital that we keep the focus on the plight of social care, in spite of the succession of government postponements of their own green paper. The LGA is to be congratulated on keeping the debate going and we will respond to the issues it raises.”

Niall Dickson, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation


“The LGA publication of their version of a ‘green paper’ for social care represents an important contribution to the debate about what we want society to look like from one of the key contributors to delivering that future. ADASS will work with the LGA alongside all stakeholders in this critical debate to ensure the voice of adult social care remains prominent throughout. This document maintains a much needed profile in the lead up to the Government’s formal green paper due now in the autumn.”

Glen Garrod, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services


“The issue of how to fund social care cannot continue to be avoided. Decades of indecision has led to one in three people with MS being denied the care they need and this can’t go on. The LGA’s consultation raises many of the key challenges that must be tackled, including the need for proper government funding and a fair system that works for everyone who needs care. We hope that when it does arrive, the Government’s own green paper will set out a bold and ambitious plan that addresses these challenges. People with MS shouldn’t have to keep paying the price for a system in crisis.”

Genevieve Edwards, Director of External Affairs, MS Society


“Fixing social care has been stuck in the too difficult to-do box for far too long. This is not just about the money, it’s also how we do care differently, make it more predictive, proactive and personalised.

“The Care Act provides a 21st Century framing for social care but it needs funding to deliver. By setting out its own green paper the LGA is demonstrating the sort of cross party dialogue and collaboration necessary to deliver the sustainable settlement we desperately need. We are running out of road for the Government to kick the can down.”

Professor Paul Burstow FRSA, Chair, Social Care Institute for Excellence


“We expect to see a fair and well-funded social care sector to enable older and disabled people to live the lives they choose. It is unfair that successive governments have continued to delay decisions about social care reforms.

The lives we want to lead from the Local Government Association is a very welcome initiative. Where central government stalls, local government is helping to keep adult social care firmly on the agenda. We all need to engage with the questions in this report, raise the debate and fill the void left by central government’s lack of policy progress.”

Dr Rhidian Hughes, Chief Executive, Voluntary Organisations Disability Group and Chair, Care Provider Alliance


“It’s great to see health and wellbeing at the very heart of this paper. We support this consultation and it’s essential that the whole system comes together to agree a workable way forward. This must include a strong focus on prevention to deliver sustainable services.”

Nicola Close, Chief Executive, Association of Directors of Public Health


“Social care and health are two sides of the same coin. The LGA’s conversation about social care is vital to understand how we provide high quality, timely, cost effective support to everyone who needs it. Gathering views from the frontline about how we change has never been more important.”

Saffron Cordery, Deputy Chief Executive, NHS Providers


“This LGA green paper consultation provides a great opportunity for everyone to comment and hopefully help inform the future shape of adult social care.”

Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults, Department of Health and Social Care


“Big choices loom for social care policy: how much should the state help individuals with the costs of care? How should funding be raised to pay for that help? And what is the balance in responsibilities between local and national government? With such important and contentious issues, it is vital to consult widely and broadly with stakeholders and citizens to help build consensus on the way forward.”

David Phillips, Associate Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies


“I am glad the LGA is continuing the debate for a long-term sustainable solution for adult social care. Of course funding and resources are a critical part of the debate but to ensure we focus on quality too, the needs and aspirations of all those using services, their families and carers, must be at the heart of what that future should be.”

Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, Care Quality Commission


“We need to prioritise prevention to ensure a sustainable NHS, to ensure that people can enjoy the best possible quality of life using our hospitals less often and later in life. We can do this through helping people spend more years in good health, and when unwell, to stay in their own homes for longer. And as people retire later, we need to extend their healthy working life.

40 per cent of all morbidity is preventable and 60 per cent of 60 year olds have at least one longer term condition. In 15 years we will have 1.3 million more people aged over 85, so prevention has to be at the heart of both the new NHS Ten Year Plan and the future work programme of its most critical partner, Local Government.”

Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive, Public Health England



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…


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.