Adult Social Care Green Paper
You may remember that the Local Government Association launched its own “green paper” on the future of adult social care in the summer, in exasperation at governmental reticence about delivering its own promised consultation.
The LGA received more than 540 responses from individuals and organisations, and says that the government must now make the case for national tax rises – including Income Tax and/or National Insurance – in order to secure the long-term future of adult social care services.
State of Care is the annual assessment of health and social care in England. The report looks at the trends, shares examples of good and outstanding care, and highlights where care needs to improve.
Some people said the outstanding care they have received and how some individual services have changed their lives for the better. Others told about the poor and sometimes disjointed care they have received.
CQC found that people’s experiences of care often depend on how well local systems work together where they live. Some people can easily access good care, while others cannot get the support they need. They may experience disjointed care, or only have access to providers with poor services.
This builds on Beyond barriers, looking at how services work together to support and care for people aged 65 and over.
The Communities and Local Government Committee report says that the Government needs to urgently review how social care is funded in the long term and address serious threats to social care provision.
· Fewer than one in twelve Directors of Adult Social Care are fully confident that their local authority will be able to meet its statutory duties in 2017–18
· 28% of care services are inadequate or require improvement
· Some councils pay £2.24 an hour for residential care
· 96% of people paying for their own care pay on average 43% more than state funded residents in the same home for the same room and the same level of care
· The turnover rate for nurses working in social care is 35.9%
· 47.8% of care workers leave within a year of starting
· The median hourly pay for a care worker is £7.40
· 160,000 to 220,000 care workers in England are paid below the national minimum wage
· 49% of home care workers are on zero hour contracts, compared with 2.9% of the workforce nationally
· 27% of care workers received no dementia training and 24% of those who administer medication were not trained to do so
· Between 2010–11 and 2013–14, the number of unpaid carers increased by 16.5%, while the general population grew by 6.2%
· In Leicester, although 30,000 people identified themselves as a carer in the 2011 Census, only 2,200 carers were in contact with the council
· One in five unpaid carers providing 50 hours or more of care each week receives no practical support from the local authority
MPs say major reform of social care funding needed: The Communities and Local Government Select Committee has published its report into social care funding and found that this funding is now so inadequate that only the minimum care needed to get through the day was being provided by councils. Sue Bott, Deputy Chief Executive DR UK said “I welcome the findings of this report which will come as no surprise to disabled people who are living with the inadequacies of the social care system unable to lead full and active lives as equal citizens. I hope that the Government and politicians from all political parties will finally take note.” Read more