Priorities for the Spending Review
Social Care – A New Vision
Social care reform must be underpinned by a vision. There is an opportunity to transform social care so that it is sustainable, a contributor to national economic recovery and plays a key role in ensuring that all people with care and support needs are fully included in their communities. As Social Care Future put it:
We all want to live in the place we call home with the people and things that we love, in communities where we look out for one another, doing the things that matter to us.
This vision cannot be achieved by social care or even wider public services alone. Public service resources need to be targeted to support and supplement the efforts and activities of citizens, community groups, voluntary organisations and local businesses. Social care leaders and local support providers, working alongside other council services and the NHS, can shift their practices to enable a much-increased level of preventative activity, freeing up resources for personalised support to local people requiring long term care.
Policy on social care, including funding reform, should be guided by and tested against this vision - with a single shared ambition across health and social care which puts people's expectations for their lives at the centre. This can be measured using TLAP's Making It Real framework.
The Strategic Partners have agreed three key areas of priority for social care that the Spending Review should support:
- Urgently bringing forward investment and reform proposals needed to ensure the sustainable long-term future of social care
- Funding for short-term stabilisation
- Investment in the short term to speed the process of change.