So of course the biggest news for adult social care was the Spending Round last week.
Although it was announced that social care would be getting £1.5billion, it’s important to note that the grant of £1billion was also earmarked for children’s services, it’ll be down to local council’s to determine how this is invested. Nevertheless, the outcome of the Round seems to give adult social care some short term clarity, so it’s a welcome positive first step, we’re just waiting now to see how this money is going to allocated – you can read my response to the news here. At ADASS we’re looking forward to working with our partners, the government and beyond to take this forward and look at long term solutions for adult social care so everyone can get the care and support they need.
It continues to be a busy fortnight for me at ADASS with plenty of travelling. Earlier in the month I met with my Health for Care Coalition colleagues to discuss how we can keep social care in the spotlight during these (very) interesting times! The petition’s now hit over 150,000 signatures, and they’re hoping to get it to 200,000 before it’s delivered (so please keep signing).
This week our Executive got together in Bristol for our meeting on Thursday. It’s always a great opportunity to see my fellow DASS’s and catch up on the important issues faced by other local authorities across England.
On Monday as well I began my Presidential visits with Cathie to our regional branches, starting with the East Midlands. It was great to meet Jon and his colleagues, and I’m also meeting to our South East Branch today. East Midlands have some really interesting work going on in relation to resilient communities and equalities and diversity. We had a really helpful discussion about the work that we used to do as Directors but now, unable to such as support for homeless people with mental health and substance misuse issues, people with disabilities, mental health difficulties, people leaving prison with support needs and beyond. In thinking about the future of adult social care, we need to return to these areas of work and will be considering this throughout our work on social justice over the coming weeks and months.
I’ve plenty keeping me busy in my role at Central Bedfordshire. We’re now into the decision making process about the setting up of a Local Authority Trading Company, which will complement our Housing Development Company and we’ve commenced our corporate budget setting meetings, which as I am sure you can imagine, is taking up much of my time.