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Councils urged to rate care reforms

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The LGA has urged councils to rate the government’s social care reform plans out of 10, on a number of key criteria.

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It published a set of ‘tests’ for the reforms ahead of the publication of the social care white paper and progress report earlier this month. The tests include improving the individual’s experience of care, providing sufficient funding and offering a clear commitment to action.

It is asking councils to scrutinise the reform plans and say how far they think the plans meet 29 key measures of success, each on a scale of 1 to 10. The measures are outlined in its report, Ripe for reform: the sector agrees, now the public expects.

David Rogers (Lib Dem), chair of the LGA’s community wellbeing board, will write to chief executives and council leaders this week urging them to fill out the scorecards contained in the report and return them to the LGA.

Andrew Cozens, an LGA adviser, told LGC he thought the reforms passed some of the tests, including setting the right tone on integration, outlining a clear role for local government and improving the individual’s experience.

However, he said, the proposals failed the test on funding and other key measures, including providing stability and transparency about care and giving a commitment to action.

The LGA will use the completed scorecards as part of its ‘show us you care’ campaign, which will press the government to fund social care reform.

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