Care Act phase two reforms

On 1 July the Chair of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, wrote to the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP.


On 1 July the Chair of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, wrote to the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP, with regard to the phase two reforms of the Care Act (the cap on the cost of care).

In her letter, Cllr Seccombe suggested that, despite the LGA's continued support for the phase two reforms of the Care Act, they should be delayed with earmarked monies instead put into the mainstream adult social care and support system.

The Government announcement

The Minister of State for Community and Social Care, Alistair Burt MP, replied on 17 July, precipitating a formal Written Ministerial Statement in which the Government announced its decision to delay the introduction of the cap on care costs until April 2020.

LGA view

The announcement to delay the second phase of the Care Act is positive recognition by the Government of the LGA's warning that we cannot reform the way people pay for adult social care while the system itself is on such an unstable foundation.