Money being given by the government to prepare the sector for the Care Bill

  • Piggy Bank 2The government is supplying funds to social care leaders to prepare the sector for and influence the implementation of the Care Bill.

    Thousands of pounds are being provided by the government to help council managers prepare for the biggest overhaul of adult social care in recent history. The Department of Health is funding a Local Government Association and Association of Directors of Adult Social Services programme designed to prepare authorities for the implementation of the Care Bill that is being introduced in April 2015.

    The Care Bill will introduce numerous new and revised legal duties for councils that cover care management, information and advice and safeguarding, and trigger a significant increase in the number of assessments practitioners will have to carry out every year. The £3.8bn integration transformation fund (ITF) will introduce payment by results for some aspects of government funding for local authorities for the first time. This requires councils to introduce seven-day-a-week social care for people that are leaving hospital or are at risk of an admission.

    The LGA-based programme has been developed to aid council managers in preparing for the changes whilst also influencing government policy so that the implementation is as smooth as possible. The programme will be led by Andrew Webster who has taken on an expanded role at the LGA as director of health and care reform.

    "We will be looking at the [Care Bill] from the point of view of local authorities and their partners," said Webster. "What have they got to do to be ready in 2015-16 to implement the changes".

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