The paper has been released to help shape thinking around the long-awaited social care green paper, and argues strongly that care should be kept local in any reform as councils have delivered quality services despite funding challenges and its links with other areas such as housing, public health, and children’s social care.
Download the report here.
The four themes encompass:
CCN’s health and social care spokesperson Cllr David Fothergill wrote a piece for the Guardian exploring these themes and why social care should remain a local service.
Separately, CCN has also announced that it would be commencing a new project in partnership with Newton Europe to explore and evidence the key themes for social care reform more deeply, drawing on the experience of local authorities delivering services on the ground and Newton’s expertise in the sector. The project is due to report later in the autumn.
Cllr David Fothergill, CCN spokesperson for health and social care, said:
“County authorities have been warning for several years that the adult social care system has been close to breaking point. Coronavirus has thrown into sharp focus the urgent need for reform of the system – a move which CCN and its member authorities would very much welcome.
“However, any such reform must focus not on a narrow health-centric view of hospital discharges or care in residential homes but recognise the huge fabric of social care provision managed by local authorities – including for those of working age with chronic conditions or mental health issues.
“Adult social care is, fundamentally, a local community service and any proposals for reform needs to consider the role local authorities have played in delivering quality care despite yearly funding reductions, rather than any knee-jerk moves towards centralisation. We therefore urge the Government to take on board the principles outlined in this paper so that county councils’ extensive experience of delivering adult social care is fully reflected in any future proposals for reform.”
Danny Sperrin, director at Newton Europe, said:
‘We are very much looking forward to working with the County Councils Network and its members, and to draw on our experience of delivering change with local authorities, in order to contribute to the national discussion on the future of social care.”