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Increase in Care Act support needs to reflect 'financial reality'

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The number of councils requiring support to implement the Care Act has increased, according to the latest progress report.

A stocktake of councils’ progress, carried out in May and June, found more authorities needed help to maintain sustainable markets in care provision, develop prevention services and provide information and advocacy compared with a January survey.

Just under 40% of authorities were assessed as needing support with putting in place arrangements to identify people who would benefit from preventative care and support, up from 29% in the previous stocktake.

In addition, 36% of councils needed support with ensuring market sustainability compared with 17% in the stocktake conducted at the start of the year.

The stocktake was carried out by the Care Act joint programme office, which brings together representatives from the Department of Health the Local Government association and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

All 152 top-tier authorities completed the survey, which was published last week.

Adass president Ray James told LGC the implementation of phase two of the act and budget shortfalls were one of two big concerns for members.

Mr James said: “If the government doesn’t do anything about funding, we will see some providers fail and we will see people displaced.”

“The survey is a reflection of the financial reality…while there are other challenges they are simply not of the same order of significance,” he added.



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