Government launches vision for social care
The Government has launched its vision for social care. The vision is the first step towards the white paper that they intend to publish next year, setting out a long-term solution to the finding and delivery of care and support. A vision for adult social care: capable communities and active citizens focuses on the values of freedom, fairness and responsibility. The vision is built around seven overriding principles, including prevention, personalisation, protection and productivity. At the end of the report, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley and Care Services Minister Paul Burstow conclude: "All of us want a culture of dignity, respect and compassion deeply rooted in our communities. By working together towards this vision, we can make it happen".
The Government has said that the vision sets out a new agenda for adult social care based on a power shift from the state to the citizen. They are committing to:
- extend the rollout of personal budgets
- increase preventative action in local communities,
- keep people independent and help build the Big Society
- break down barriers between health and social care funding
- encourage care and support to be delivered in a partnership between
- individuals, communities, the voluntary sector, the NHS and councils - including wider support services, such as housing.