William Eichler 29 March 2021

Council chiefs call for ‘1948 moment’ for social care

Council chiefs call for ‘1948 moment’ for social care  image

Local authority leaders have called for ‘immediate action’ on social care as part of a long-term plan to build back better from the pandemic.

In a new pamphlet setting out the priorities for social care in light of the pandemic, the Local Government Association (LGA) said the UK needs to reimagine the purpose and value of great social care with the same spirit of hope which led to the creation of the NHS.

The LGA also said that the experience of the coronavirus pandemic had shown the consequences of underfunding and the often hidden nature of social care.

The local authority body stressed that the immediate priorities included funding to meet the continuing costs of COVID-19 on social care, particularly on the care workforce and unpaid carers, and investment to tackle the funding gap between the cost of providing care and what councils pay.

They added this should help pave the way to a more properly funded, person-centred form of care that puts people in control of their lives and recognises their agency.

‘A better future for adult social care must be one of the legacies of COVID-19, which should include action on funding, workforce, meeting demand, improving choice and quality of care,’ said Cllr Ian Hudspeth, chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board.

‘We need a “1948 moment” which inspired the creation of the NHS for the long-term future of social care, especially in light of the devastating consequences of the pandemic for those drawing on and working in care and their families.

‘Over the last year, social care has proven that it is not simply a set of services needed by some because of age or disability, but a vital way of ensuring all people are supported to live a full life and maintain relationships and connections, whatever their circumstances, spanning various organisations, volunteers and staff.’

He continued: ‘Social care has also shown its value as an inherently local service, with councils playing a valuable leadership and coordination role in their communities.

‘Emergency funding to cope with COVID-19 costs to date has been helpful, but we need to move beyond ‘more of the same’ and the pre-coronavirus status quo, to a new era of care which puts more trust in people who draw on social care, better supports wellbeing, and enables everyone to live the lives they want to lead.

‘We call on the Government to recognise this in the forthcoming Spending Review and publish its proposals for the future of adult social care as soon as possible, before the summer parliamentary recess.’

Tackling mistrust about vaccines image

Tackling mistrust about vaccines

Dr Justin Varney looks at how Birmingham is working to tackle the ‘layers upon layers of mistrust’ among ethnic minority communities that is ‘now playing out in vaccine hesitancy’.
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Service Director – Development & Regulation

West Berkshire Council
Up to £96,585 per annum
We are looking for a candidate with the passion for place making and a successful track record in leading and developing large multi-service teams.  Newbury, Berkshire
Recuriter: West Berkshire Council

Mayoralty & Business Manager

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£41,292 - £50,034
The Mayoralty & Business Manager will be responsible for maintaining the reputation of both Mayoralties and promoting a positive image of... London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Joint Assistant Director - Communities and Wellbeing

Babergh & Mid Suffolk
Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are at the forefront of joint working and are a progressive award-winning partnership Ipswich, Suffolk
Recuriter: Babergh & Mid Suffolk

Social Worker - Early Intervention Team

Essex County Council
Up to £207 per day + Umbrella
About the RoleWorking to support adults, and their families, who have complex social needs and are more vulnerable as a result of disability, exclusio England, Essex, Harlow
Recuriter: Essex County Council

ESAB Safeguarding Adult Review Officer

Essex County Council
Up to £35027 per annum
ESAB Safeguarding Adult Review OfficerPermanent, Full TimeUp to £35,027 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue