Care Act stocktake

The Care and Support Reform Programme Board has committed to undertaking a series of Care Act Stocktakes to understand the impact and readiness for implementation of the Care Act. The purpose is to inform local, regional and national preparations and to ensure councils have the support and resources they need for implementation.

The Programme Management Office undertook three Care Act stocktakes in advance of the introduction of the changes in April 2015. Two further stocktakes have been carried out following the Care Act changes that came into effect in April 2015.

About the stocktakes

The stocktakes themselves were designed to be as simple and proportionate as possible, recognising the need to develop local plans to implement changes in 2015 and 2016. They were also designed to complement and align with other similar initiatives across the country.

The purpose of these stocktakes was to develop a collective picture of progress across the country in a way that was useful both nationally and locally, providing information to facilitate local strategic discussions, map progress and identify support needs and opportunities for shared learning.

We heard very clearly from the responses to earlier stocktakes about the key areas of risk. This resulted in £23m of additional resource being made available to local areas and regions to help address key areas of concern, alongside additional national support materials. We also received clear feedback through the stocktake that costs associated with new duties relating to carers were a significant risk for councils, and as a result resources were re-allocated and included in the baseline for future years.

Implementation support

To support implementation, we are developing are range of support across all areas of the reforms. The resulting products will support both immediate changes to policy, procedure and systems and the culture change the Act requires.

Implementing your programme

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Stocktake 6 (June 2016)

This is the sixth and final stocktake following the Care Act changes that came into effect in April 2015. Questions were developed and agreed with input from DH, LGA, ADASS and a number of local authorities and the survey was carried out between 20 June 2016 and 15 July 2016. It was completed by 151 authorities in England with responsibility for adult social care and of these, 97% were signed off by Directors of Adult Social Services. The report below provides a summary of the main findings from Stocktake 6 and highlights successes and challenges for councils going forward into 2016/17 and beyond. The slides also identify aspects of implementation which are most likely to need further development and investment in 2016/17 and beyond. A copy of the questionnaire and summary tables of the results are also provided.

Councils were asked to highlight examples of innovative practice across all of the survey domains. The LGA are collating these and planning to publish theme based feedback over the coming months.

Any queries, please contact avril.mayhew@local.gov.uk.

Stocktake 5 (November 2015)

This is the second stocktake following the Care Act changes that came into effect in April 2015, following three stocktakes in the previous year. The questions reflect the highest priority issues at this stage of implementation, including specific metrics to support the commitment to monitor in-year activity and assess the impact of the Care Act in the first six months of implementation. It is important to note that all questions relate to Phase1 of the Care Act (social care reforms) and not Phase 2 (funding reforms).

Results of the local authority stocktake slidepack (PDF, 50 pages, 508KB)

Results of the local authority stocktake 5, November 2015 (PDF, 16 pages, 406KB)

Stocktake 5 report (PDF, 27 pages, 355KB)

Care Act Stocktake 5 (Word, 15 pages, 500KB)

Care Act Stocktake 5 FAQs (Word, 1 page, 19KB)

Stocktake 4 (May 2015)

This is the first stocktake following the Care Act changes that came into effect in April 2015, following three stocktakes in the previous year. The questions reflect the highest priority issues at this stage of implementation, including specific metrics to support the commitment to monitor in-year activity to inform the Spending Review, as well as specific questions about what difference it is making within councils.

Care Act Stocktake 4 (Word, 23 pages, 708KB)

Results of Local Authority Care Act Stocktake 4 (PDF, 38 pages, 878KB)

Care Act Stocktake 4 Key Messages (PDF, 1 page, 215KB)

Care Act Stocktake 4 report (final) (PDF, 63 pages, 1MB)

Stocktake 3 (January 2015)

The third stocktake built on the key areas of challenge identified in stocktake 2 ahead of April 2015, and began to ask a number of questions around key changes which come into effect in April 2016. It also had additional questions around market shaping and safeguarding The deadline for completion was 3 February, and as before the results fed into local and regional discussions and the Programme Board on 25 February.

Care Act Stocktake 3 results and analysis slidedeck (PDF, 47 pages, 816KB)

Care Act Stocktake 3 overview (PDF, 1 page, 70KB)

Care Act Stocktake 3 full report and analysis (PDF, 27 pages, 537KB)

Stocktake 2 (September 2014)

The LGA, ADASS and Department of Health developed a second stocktake for completion by 23 September 2014. The results informed national policy and support meetings in early October, as well as discussions at NCAS conference. 

Stocktake 2 results and analysis slidedeck: September 2014 (PDF, 35 pages, 761KB)

Stocktake 2 full summary of questions (PDF, 29 pages, 470KB)

Stocktake 1 (June 2014)

The first stocktake was completed between May and June 2014. Encouragingly, analysis of the results showed that, almost without exception, preparations are underway for implementation in April 2015, but that more work is needed locally to ensure IT systems and the workforce are geared up for the changes in 2015.

Care and Support Act Implementation stocktake June 2014 (PDF, 67 pages, 1,223KB)

Results of the local authority stocktake: June 2014 (Powerpoint, 11 slides, 184KB)


Care Act links

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Implementing your programme

Working with the regions

Consultation

About the programme

Care Act home page

Index of implementation products for local authorities

Index of support products for providers

10 February 2017