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LGA: 'Streamline social care funding'

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Streamlining social care funding into a more locally-based system with councils at its heart could pay dividends, according to the Local Government Association.

An LGA report, Our Lives, Our Choices, makes a case for a single funding system for the nation’s two million care users.

It calls for an end to a maze of paperwork and red-tape created by funding sources as diverse as the Department for Work and Pensions, Disability Benefits Centres, the Pension Service, Job Centre Plus, and the NHS.

Cllr David Rogers (Lib Dem), who chairs the LGA’s community wellbeing board, said the administrative obstacles facing people who needed help and support were “utterly ridiculous”.

“Councils work hard to provide useful services which put people first,” he said.

“A personal budget would allow older people to make their own choices about what’s important to them instead of having it dictated by the state.”

He added that another crucial strand to reforming social care funding would be a greater emphasis on investing in preventative care using money that would be saved from NHS budgets.

“Care systems shouldn’t chiefly be about helping people once they are weak and vulnerable, but about supporting people to stay healthy and active,” he said.

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