The Programme Management Office undertook three Care Act stocktakes in advance of the introduction of the changes in April 2015.

The purpose of these stocktakes was to develop a collective picture of progress across the country in a way that was useful both nationally and locally, providing information to facilitate local strategic discussions, map progress and identify support needs and opportunities for shared learning.

The stocktakes themselves were designed to be as simple and proportionate as possible, recognising the need to develop local plans to implement changes in 2015 and 2016. They were also designed to complement and align with other similar initiatives across the country.

We heard very clearly from the responses to previous stocktakes about the key areas of risk. This resulted in £23m of additional resource being made available to local areas and regions to help address key areas of concern, alongside additional national support materials. We also received clear feedback through the stocktake that costs associated with new duties relating to carers were a significant risk for councils, and as a result resources were re-allocated and included in the baseline for future years.

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