“All too often, the funding of adult social care is seen as an economic and a technical issue: what’s the best mechanism for raising the funding we need? While this is important, the more fundamental questions are personal, political and philosophical: what kind of life do we want to have together as a society? How much do we value disabled and older people with care needs? What sort of support would we want available to any of us if we needed care? How much do we really value this and how much might we therefore be prepared to pay for whatever quality of life we decide we want?”
Professor Jon Glasby, University of Birmingham
LGA think piece series, 2018
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. They are questions that impact on us all – in our personal and professional capacities, as members of local communities, and as citizens of wider society.
For this reason, our green paper and accompanying consultation aims deliberately high. It seeks the views of people who use care and health services and their carers, people who are experts on various elements of these services, and people who have no knowledge of the system at all. We are ambitious precisely because the views of all these people matter. We want to hear from:
People who use services and their carers: your wellbeing is what matters most and your experiences and expertise should be the single most important force in understanding and shaping the change we need to bring about.
Local and national politicians: as representatives of us all it is in your gift to help bring about the change that is sought –promoting it, putting it on the map and helping to deliver it.
Professionals involved in the commissioning and delivery of care and health: your knowledge of the operational aspects of care and health can help identify all the barriers to progress that need to be overcome and how we might do so.
Public: the chances are that you, or someone you know, will at some point have contact with social care, be that needing services, working in the sector, or being an unpaid carer for someone you love. What you would want for yourself, or someone you care about, must shape the future.
All of us: we cannot move forward without knowing our level of ambition and what we are willing to pay to achieve it.