Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care including the Quality Care Campaign, has responded to the Local Government Association’s (LGA) paper on the social care green paper.
The body noted the paper is a helpful exercise in rehearsing the expectations of a reformed and sustainable care system that delivers high-quality personalised care and empowers the individuals – while looking ahead to the Government’s long promised green paper.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, said: “While we welcome this initiative, the instability of the care market carries on unchecked. The Government must address the urgency of the care crisis as otherwise all the promises of the green paper become rather academic.
“Care England’s analysis shows that councils are struggling, with 37% unable to use their Adult Social Care Precept option next year and one in five councils who told us about their fee levels gave no inflation rise to prices paid for nursing care home placements in 2018/19.”
A Care England survey in 2017 noted that 45% of providers are projecting to take on less local authority placements over the next three years due to low rates being paid by councils.