On Wednesday 27 May, the Queen addressed Parliament at its State Opening. In the Queen’s speech, the Government outlined its plans to further integrate health and social care.
Dave Webber (CEO of Livability) said in response:
‘We welcome the government’s commitment to improve greater integration between health and social care, which in principle, has significant potential to improve the lives of thousands of vulnerable people across England. However, our concern is how this will be delivered in reality, especially given the crippling impact of local government funding cuts on social care provision across the country over the last few years.
‘Adult social care departments have had to make budget savings amounting to 26% over the last four years, the equivalent of £3.53 billion.* This means there are already a significant number of people missing out on vital care and support. And the need for social care has never been greater particularly with an ageing population and those living with long term health conditions.
‘Livability is committed to supporting disabled people to have full, independent lives and being able to connect people with their local communities is a key part of this. Greater cohesion between health and social care would enable us to do this work more effectively. Our fear is that unless social care is strengthened in its own right, true integration cannot be achieved; leaving many people disappointed, frustrated and worse off than before.’
* P. 11, Local Government Association, Adult Social Care Funding: 2014 State of the Nation, (http://www.local.gov.uk/documents/10180/5854661/Adult+social+care+funding+2014+state+of+the+nation+report/e32866fa-d512-4e77-9961-8861d2d93238).