Putting People First

In January 2008, a circular went out to local authorities from the Department Health (DH). This set out information to support the transformation of social care, as outlined in the Health White Paper, 'Our Health, Our Care, Our Say: A new direction for community services' in 2006. It describes the vision for development of a personalised approach to the delivery of adult social care.

This major programme is being introduced under the auspices of 'Putting People First', published by the DH in December 2007. This document is the concordat with the Local Government Association (LGA), the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), the NHS and others.

It is a shared vision and commitment to the transformation of adult social care over a period of three years. Key elements are:

  • prevention
  • early intervention and re-enablement
  • personalisation
  • information, advice and advocacy.

Councils will be required to move to a system of personal budgets for everyone who is eligible for publicly-funded adult social care support. They will also be required to provide universal information, advice and advocacy services for all who need services and their carers. This is irrespective of eligibility for public funding.

Social care reform grant

To support the transformation there is a new social care reform grant, consisting of:

  • £85 million in 2008/09
  • £195 million in 2009/10
  • £240 million in 2010/11.

This will go to local authorities as a ring-fenced grant. Two million pounds is being kept back for sector-led support at a regional level. One million pounds is earmarked for DH and national activity over the three-year period from April 2008.

Putting People First case studies

These case studies highlight emerging practice across the Putting People First (PPF) milestone areas as well as other key themes such as workforce development. The case studies were selected in consultation with regional transformation leads and through analysis of responses to the national PPF survey 2009. The interviews were conducted by the Local Government Association analysis and research team between March and May 2010 and involved an interview with one local authority officer from each case study area.

These eight case studies cover the following themes:

  • Partnerships with people using services, carers and other local citizens - City of Westminster
  • Information and advice - London Borough of Islington
  • Self directed support and personal budgets - Stockport Council
  • Local commissioning - Darlington Borough Council
  • Workforce development - Lincolnshire County Council
  • Prevention and cost effective services - Coventry City Council
  • Evaluating outcomes - Hertfordshire County Council
  • Leadership - Telford and Wrekin Council

Putting People First case studies - on the Putting People First website

Useful publications

The LGA, ADASS and LGA will work together as a sector-led consortium at national level to support the change agenda.

Transforming adult social care delivery support architecture - June 2010

The transforming social care circular - on the DH website

The Putting People First concordat - on the DH website

Milestones for Putting People First


4 November 2010

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