Government sets out Care Act funding allocations for 2016-17

The Department of Health will provide £433 million to help local authorities implement the act this financial year

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The government is to provide local councils with £433 million this financial year to pay for the cost of implementing the Care Act.

In a letter to directors of adult social services, the Department of Health said the money is earmarked for specific duties arising from the Care Act during 2016-17.

Of the total £121.1 million will go towards implementing funding reforms, including the deferred payment agreements that let people to use the value of their home to pay for home care.

Local authorities will also get £10.45 million to help meet their duty to assess and meet the care and support needs of prisoners.

Another £114.6 million will be added to the Better Care Fund and earmarked for supporting carers as required by the Care Act and to ensure carers get information and advice about what support is available to them.

The remaining £186.6 million will fund other new duties under the Care Act including carer assessment and support, access to advocacy support, adult safeguarding and ensuring care continues when people move between local authority areas.

Councillor Izzi Seccombe, the Local Government Association’s community wellbeing spokeswoman, said: “We are pleased that the Care Act funding is continuing. Councils have long called for reform but now we need the resources to deliver the changes we need to make to improve the support our elderly and vulnerable population receive.

“However even if councils face a flat-cash settlement over the next four years, there are still significant challenges ahead for councils who will have to make efficiency and other savings sufficient enough to compensate for any additional cost pressures they face. Inevitably adult social care, being the largest single budget within some councils, will have to make its share of these savings.

“These include those arising from general inflation, cost pressures in the care sector, increases in the number of adults and children needing support and rising levels of need, increases in demand for everyday services as the population grows.

“This is why the LGA continues to call for £700 million of the funding earmarked for social care through the Better Care Fund by the end of the decade to be brought forward now, to ease the severe strain on services supporting the elderly and vulnerable.”

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2 Responses to Government sets out Care Act funding allocations for 2016-17

  1. Finola Moss May 11, 2016 at 12:24 pm #

    The Carers Act 2014, only gives carers a right to a carers assessment by their LA, but does not give the LA a duty to provide any support.

    Provision of support, is rare, and only if the carers care, is severely affecting their wellbeing.

    If this is assessed to be the case, then this will/can, be used by a LA, to show, that it is not in the cared for’s ‘best interests’ to remain being looked after by the carer, and they be removed, to LA/HSC commissioned, private ,often venture capital supported residential care.

    Carers Assessments, can also obtain evidence, that a carer is physically and/or mentally a risk to the cared for.

    The government policy, is to remove, and generally exclude, family carers from their loved one.

    It is being enacted throughout the country, rubber stamped to enforce by the Court of Protection under the Mental Capacity Act.

    The Carers Act, also provides that payment from the LA, will not be provided, unless support workers are approved by the Local Authority.

    To approve, the support workers, have to do exactly what the social services want them to, and that is to gain evidence on the family carer of neglect, safeguarding risks in the family home etc, to gain evidence, that it is not in a cared for’s best interests to remain living at home.

    This huge amount of money, will be spent on employment and training of these sorts of workers, and enforcement of carers assessments to break up families.

    Whilst venture capital care for life, is not policed adequately, as it is done by the LA who commissioned it so a conflict of interest exists, as they would be liable if inadequate,and abuse is hidden, and covered up.

    The agenda of the government is to pay huge amount to private monopoly care provision to boost the economy, at the expense of our most needy, and the heart break and lifelong impotent worry, of the family torn from them

    • liz jones May 28, 2016 at 8:56 pm #

      would agree with Finola Moss. Further, the ‘personalisation agenda ‘ was /is the foundation for this culture to develop,the Standing commission for Carers are aware of this. Not at any time did the promoters and policy developers say the ‘outcome’ was systematic abuse of Carers to breaking point so that the people we care for can be Justifiably [ in their eyes] removed, because at that time the market still needed to be developed,now it has been developed the system and market needs feeding and supporting and it is our vulnerable family members who will be doing it .They have all got a price on their heads and are a valuable commodity. Family Carers are disposable defunct.