Local government leaders call for new board for older people in each area

An older people’s partnership board should be set up in every
local authority, according to a new discussion paper launched at
the National Social Services Conference, writes Amy

The paper, produced by the Local Government Association and the
Association of Directors of Social Services, argued that older
people’s partnership boards in local authorities would ensure there
is responsibility for strategic changes and co-ordination of

It goes on to call for preventive services for older people and
the promotion of their well-being to be seen as core functions of
all agencies with a clear budget determined at national level.

Alison King, chairperson of the Local Government Association’s
social affairs and health executive, said: “We want to reclaim
adult social care so that we are not merely seen as the warm up or
follow up to the principle act of the NHS.”

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