The Local Government Association (LGA) has become so tired of waiting for the government to publish its social care green paper that they have launched their own.
Whitehall announced that the long-awaited document had been pushed back until the autumn before they broke up for summer recess with Minister for Care Caroline Dinenage, telling the Commons earlier this month: “The health and social care systems are two sides of the same coin, and decisions on future reforms must therefore be aligned.
“That is why we will now publish the green paper in the autumn, around the same time as the NHS plan.”
Building a better society means ensuring that everyone receives the care they need to lead a good life: well, independent and at home for as long as possible. This process must start now
The LGA, a cross-party organisation representing local authorities, opted not to wait until the autumn and unveiled their biggest-ever eight-week consultation on how best to pay for care and support for adults and unpaid carers.
It is hoped that their findings will help make the public a central part of the debate of the debate on social care and will be used to influence the government’s green paper and spending plans.
LGA’s green paper is also aiming to trigger debate on how to shift the emphasis of the health system towards preventative, community-based personalised care to lift the pressure on the NHS.