Mike Yuille 09 May 2018

MPs call for 'credible, long-term plan' for social care

MPs call for credible, long-term plan for social care image

MPs today called on ministers to outline a ‘credible, long-term plan’ to reverse the perception of English social care as a ‘source of national shame’.

In a damning report on the ‘precarious state’ of care, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) targets the Department of Health and Social Care for particular criticism, including a failure to grasp the true scale of the problem and a lack of knowledge about the real cost of care that local authorities have to bear.

It said the department was failing in its ‘overarching responsibility for the care market,’ which requires it to have ‘oversight and engagement with local authorities and providers to ensure a sustainable market delivering improving outcomes and quality’.

The PAC added the department had no means of understanding how well local authorities commission care.

Its report read: ‘The adult social care sector is underfunded, with the care workforce suffering from low pay, low esteem and high turnover of staff.

[It is in] a precarious state, but the department … has not yet said how it intends to put in place a long-term, sustainable funding regime to meet the ever-increasing demand for care.’

The report added: ‘We are concerned that the department sees the green paper on funding of care as a cure-all and underestimates the scale of the challenge.’

PAC chair Meg Hillier said: ‘We urge Government to publish this year and then implement a credible long-term funding plan for care.

‘Adult social care needs sustainable funding and a stable workforce.

'The sector is scraping by, and, without an explicit long-term plan backed by Government, it could soon be on its knees.

‘Levels of unmet need are high and rising; short-term funding fixes are a road to nowhere and the ingrained issues that lead to high turnover in the workforce could be compounded by Brexit.’

Supporting people with dementia image

Supporting people with dementia

Paul Smith and Francis Philippa explain how four different pilot projects have helped improve the quality of life for people living with dementia.
Highways jobs

Children's Services Social Worker - ASYE Programme

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£28,215 - £34,130
You’ll need to demonstrate an interest in working with children and their families, and show us that you can manage the... Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Head of Property and Facilities

Essex County Council
Up to £74K
This role is part of the Capital Investment and Delivery leadership team and has a key role to play in shaping and... Chelmsford, Essex
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Street Population Coordinator

Brent Council
£31,548 - £33,291 p.a. inc.
The ideal candidate will able to demonstrate substantial experience of face to face delivery of services to rough... Wembley, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Mortuary Support Assistant

Brent Council
£33,291 - £35,724 p.a. inc.
As a Human Tissue Authority licensed establishment we have strict legal guidance and procedures and... Wembley, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Accelerated Support Team Manager

Brent Council
£51,450 - £54,597 p.a. inc.
The post holder will be a qualified Social Worker with a proven track record and experience of managing a similar sized... Wembley, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

The March issue of Local Government News explores alternative funding channels that are available to councils beyond the Public Works Loan Board, what hurdles merging councils face in coming together, and how local government is handling GDPR.

This issue also has a special highways and street lighting section exploring how councils can use lighting to embark on their smart city journey and using IoT technology to weather the storm.

Register for your free magazine