The government has set out its vision for the adult welfare sector for the next 10 years.
It follows the reforms announced several months ago, which aim to shake up the method of payment for care.
Here is the latest news on the government’s plans for the sector.
– Why is the government reforming social assistance?
The problem of sustainable funding for social assistance has not been resolved by successive governments, and the coronavirus pandemic has put pressure on an already struggling sector.
Boris Johnson pledged to “fix the welfare crisis” in his first speech after being elected in July 2019, announcing plans more than two years later in September.
The government wants to protect people from “unpredictable and potentially catastrophic health care costs”, bring health and care systems closer together and strengthen the workforce.
– What has the government announced previously?
In September, the government presented plans to change the way healthcare is funded.
It proposes to introduce a lifetime cap of Â£ 86,000 from October 2023, funded by a health and social protection levy based on tax contributions.
This pools the risk for the proportion who would face substantial health care costs, and means that no one will need to pay more than this amount in their lifetime.
He also announced a more generous system based on resources.
People with assets of up to Â£ 20,000 will not have to contribute anything towards their care (instead of Â£ 14,250), while those with assets of up to Â£ 100,000 will be eligible to receive assistance from the authorities local (instead of Â£ 23,250).
Once the ceiling is reached, the government will take over the payment of the person’s care.
– How much money goes to social assistance?
Over the next three years, Â£ 5.4bn from the Â£ 36bn in health and social services levies will go to social services.
The sector will begin to benefit from it from the 2022-23 financial year.
The government says more will go to social assistance after the three years, but it is not yet clear how much.
From the welfare pot, Â£ 3.6bn will fund the previously announced cap on costs of care, a more generous means test and help councils pay a fair cost of care.
The remaining Â£ 1.7 billion will be used to improve social care in England.
– What is the last update?
The government has released a much anticipated white paper outlining its vision for social services over the next decade.
He wants people to have more choice and voice in the care they receive, to be able to live in their homes longer, to make the workforce feel valued, and to have unpaid caregivers better supported.
A new, convenient repair service will help older people and people with disabilities live longer with their families or independently in their own homes.
They will receive more money to allow for adaptations such as stairlifts, wet rooms and home technology.
The document details how around Â£ 1 billion of the Â£ 1.7 billion will be spent over the next three years.
– Â£ 500 million investment in workforce
-At least Â£ 300 million to increase the range of supported housing
– At least Â£ 150million to help drive greater adoption of technology, such as motion sensors
-Up to Â£ 25million to change services that support unpaid caregivers and increase access to respite services
How the rest will be spent will be clarified in due course, the government said.
– What’s the reaction?
Many groups praised the government’s vision for social protection, saying there was a lot to like and praising the government for its “great ambition.”
But they also said funding is insufficient and more money is urgently needed if its ambitions are to be realized.
They also said the proposals do nothing to deal with immediate pressures as a harsh winter approaches.
These include serious labor issues, growing unmet needs and a fragile supplier market.