The government has provided hundreds of thousands of pounds to
help council managers prepare for, and influence the biggest
overhaul of adult social care in recent history.
To help local government managers deal with the challenges of
the implementation of the Care Bill and introduction of a £3.8bn pooled
health and social care budget in 2015, the Department of Health
is funding a Local Government Association and Association of
Directors of Adult Social Services programme.
The Care Bill will introduce several new or revised legal duties
for councils covering care management, information and advice and
safeguarding, and trigger a significant increase in the number of
assessments practitioners will have to carry out every year. The
£3.8bn integration transformation fund (ITF) will introduce payment
by results for some aspects of government funding for local
authorities for the first time, and require councils to introduce
seven-day-a-week social care for people leaving hospital or at risk
of an admission.
The LGA-based programme, led by Andrew Webster, who has taken
the role at the LGA as director of health and care intregration,
hopes to make implementation as smooth as possible by supporting
council managers to prepare for, and influence, the coming