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Integrating health and social care: The Better Care Fund and its chances for success

The Integration Transformation Fund has been renamed the Better Care Fund and the final guidance, planning templates for local Better Care Plans and good practice tools have been issued, available variously on the websites of:
◾the LGA
◾NHS England.

This policy briefing summarises and comments on the guidance, drawing on other recent publications about integration, and considers what chance this initiative has of achieving seamless health and social care.
As well as officers and members working in social care and health positions in upper tier councils, this briefing will be of interest to partners in district councils, particularly those working in housing.

Progress in adult social care 2012-13

The second annual assessment of progress on priorities for adult social care found:
– a reduction in the number of people receiving a council-funded service
– a reduction in the numbers of reviews
– service users’ perceptions of quality of life and control over daily life increased slightly
– self directed support continues to increase
– large variations in performance within and across regions.

This briefing summarises and comments on the findings.

The Care Bill

The Care Bill builds on the draft Care and Support Bill published last year. All the major elements of the draft bill remain – wellbeing, prevention, carers’ rights, choice and personalisation. Most of the changes from the draft bill are around the detail, but nevertheless will involve some reconsideration by local authorities. Changes include:
• greater emphasis on promoting prevention
• more focus on supporting people who are not eligible for state-funded support
• details about implementing the cap on care costs
• new responsibilities for local authorities and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on provider failures
• a new power for safeguarding adults boards but no powers of entry for social workers.

The Care Bill will be subject to detailed scrutiny as it passes through the Lords over the summer. Overall, this legislation will require a massive change for local authorities with adult social care responsibilities, all at a time of major budget pressure. Documents relating to the Care Bill can be accessed through the Care Bill page of the Department of Health website.

A Good Death: the role of the local authority in end of life care

This briefing outlines the findings of a new LGiU report, supported by Home Group. ‘A Good Death: the role of the local authority in good end of life care’ looks at the role of local authorities in end of life care provision and considers how councils can best develop their part in this important service provision.

Equality Act 2010: The ban on age discrimination in services and the exceptions

This briefing outlines the ban on age discrimination in the provision of goods, facilities and services which comes into force on 1 October 2012, and provides links to some useful resources.

Final report of the Commission on Improving Dignity in Care for Older People

This briefing summarises and comments on the recently published final report of the Commission on Dignity in Care for Older people and its recommendations.

The briefing will be of interest to health and social care commissioners, councillors with a health and/or social care remit, members of Health and Wellbeing Boards and local authority health scrutiny committees.

C’llr Awards 2012: Age UK Pride of Place Award

(Guest blog post by Age UK, first appeared at http://ageukblog.org.uk/2011/11/07/do-you-know-a-councillor-who-deserves-an-award/#more-1320.) Recent research for Age UK showed that more than half of people over the age of 60 say they have never had contact with their local councillor. Yet despite this lack …

BBC News 24 coverage of LGiU’s Supporting People report

BBC coverage of LGiU’s Supporting People report from Rob Dale on Vimeo. New research published by the LGiU has found that almost 9 out of 10 local authorities say that cuts to housing support ‘will put vulnerable people at risk’ …

REPORT: Promoting Independence: the future of housing related support

Since 2003, the Supporting People programme has funded a wide range of housing related support services that help vulnerable people to manage their accommodation and live independently. This includes offering life-skills training, mediating in neighbourhood disputes, providing support to older …

BASW report is misguided: social work needs leadership not legislation

Update: Andy’s comments have been written up in Community Care. I have argued in the media, including here in the Independent and here in the Guardian, that social work is an overworked, underpaid and undervalued profession, when any reasonable comparison …