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Government funds social care leaders to prepare sector for biggest overhaul in recent history

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 changes.

Last Updated : 28 August 2013. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.