Monday, December 10, 2007

UserWatch Exclusive ! (for the time being) Increased Direct Payment Social Care Budgets Govt Announce 520 Million

Dec 520 Million An AJ 2007

Well Alan it was nice for the team of Birmingham And Solihull Mental Health Trust UserWatch having a cup of tea and biscuits with you in London and your mates and that wonderful secretary and criticising Gordon's....Brown take ...

And because we are fare to your power circles and the way they eat us, we will scream out your report before we are eaten and thoroughly chewed next year ... Mind you this year has seen New Economic Cannibalism appear in the Charity networks we both know so well ..We approve of the way you look like a boxing promoter or in fact a seaside cartoon dirty character... For that, we love you, and may the wandering satire of the east be with you and above you this Christmas .....

10/12/2007 13:33

Department of Health (National) (DH) Personal care budgets and extra £520 million to transform care for older and disabled people Central and local government sign ground-breaking agreement to reform social care and support independent living Central and local government sign ground-breaking agreement to reform social care and support independent living.

Health Secretary Alan Johnson today announced an extra £520 million of ring fenced funding to
transform Social Care over the next three years through the introduction of Personal Care budgets. In a groundbreaking concordat "Putting People First" Central Government, Local Government, the professional leadership of adult Social Care and the NHS have jointly committed to a radical transformation of Care Services over the next three years.
In addition to Alan Johnson, five cabinet members have also signed 'Putting People First' as lead
partners with involvement in the reform process. - Chief Secretary of the Treasury Andy Burnham, Communities and Local Government Secretary, Hazel Blears, Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, John Denham, Education Secretary Ed Balls, Work and Pensions Secretary Peter Hain, Leader of the Local Government Association Sir Simon Milton, NHS Chief Executive David Nicholson and President of the Association of Adult Directors of Social Care Anne Williams. The extra £520 million will be allocated to councils as a Social Care Reform grant over the next three years.

The grant includes some NHS resources in recognition of the impact social care can have on improving people's health and well-being. Key elements of the transformation programme in every community will include:

– Giving the vast majority of people who receive funded care their own personal budgets so they
can choose the support services they want for themselves of a family member. An increasing
number of people to utilise direct payments.

- High quality care homes, home care and day services to be rewarded, poor performers failing
to respect people's dignity no longer used by local councils and the NHS.

- Initiatives such as first-stop shops becoming common place so that everyone, including people
who don't have support from social services, will have access to advice and advocacy about
community services, such as local community equipment providers, fall services or domiciliary
support and transport links

- Investing in support that keeps older people healthy and tackles loneliness and isolation

– Closer collaboration between the NHS and local government so that people receive more
coordinated and efficient support in the community.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said:

"Support for individuals and families when they need it is of vital importance to all of us. These
proposals for personal budgets will allow all those who would benefit from a personal budget to
receive one, putting real control into the hands of those in care and their carers, leading to far more personal and responsive care. "

Health Secretary Alan Johnson said:

"One of my top priorities is to develop a new care system which gives people maximum control
over their own support services "

This is a groundbreaking concordat because it is the first ever attempt by Central Government to co-produce a major Public Service reform in this case with local government, the NHS, people who use services and their carers.

"Our commitment that the majority of social care funding will be controlled by individuals, though personal budgets represents a radical transfer of power from the state to the public. Everyone, irrespective of their illness or disability has the right to self determinations and maximum control over their own lives."

"Having announced our intention to produce a green paper on the long-term reform of social care funds, it is essential we also seek significant improvements to the existing care system."

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Andy Burnham said:

"Today's world is one where we are moving away from citizens having to fit their lives around the system, to one where the system fits around the lives of citizens. Putting People First sets a very clear agenda for better joining up of services and increasing personalisation in social care - from maintaining people's independence to creating person-centred packages of care."

Sir Simon Milton, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said:

"This landmark agreement between local and central government should provide the foundation to give people independence, choice and dignity cover their lives. By working together, central and local government can begin to plan for and provide a modern, efficient service that should give people with the best possible care at the right time and in the right place."

Given the pressures arising from an ageing population and rising expectations, we are pleased the government has also recognised that change comes at a price. The new grant for social work reform will go some way to enable councils to move towards a more personalised and preventative system of care."

Anne Williams, President, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services said:

'ADASS is delighted to welcome this concordat, which highlights the challenges we all face in delivering a modern personalised social care service. It brings together all parties in central and
local government, providers across all sectors, professional bodies and regulators. The landmark
nature of the concordat is that it recognises the key role that those responsible for delivering social care have in fulfilling the country's expectations.'

Paul Cann, Director of Policy & External Relations at Help the Aged said:

"This new initiative should herald a shift in social care from being a service under pressure to a
service at the very heart of public policy, in which all have a stake. "

"The focus on individual budgets and personalisation promises to empower older people and their
carers to drive the decisions that shape their lives. This is a huge step forward, which should bring significant benefits for older people. However, no one should under-estimate the culture change required within the social care system if self-directed care is to truly succeed. The Concordat must deliver change quickly. This is a massive task, but this initiative is a genuine step forward and augurs well for the future."


- The Social Care Reform Grant is a ring fenced grant, to support councils to redesign and reshape their systems. It includes money from the NHS, in recognition of the positive impact investing in social care through early intervention and re-ablement can have on peoples' health and the demand for healthcare.

- The new Social Care Reform Grant is worth £85 million in 2008/09, £195 million in 2009/10 and £240 million in 2010/11.

- Progress on social service transformation will be monitored by the independent regulator against the outcome-focused metrics set out in the National Indicator Set.

The new Care Quality Commission's performance assessment will contribute to the Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA).

- The grant will be paid to councils on top of the core PSS funding and in addition to the increases in other DH grants announced last week, including those for carers, mental health and the social care workforce, which increase by an average 2.3% real per year, worth £190 million by 2010/11.

- The concordat identifies the following elements that will be central to transformed local services:

1. The vast majority of people who receive funded care using their own personal budgets so they
can decide which support services they want. An increasing number supported to use direct

2. High quality care homes, homecare and day services to be rewarded. Poor performers failing to respect people's dignity to no longer be used by local councils and the NHS

3. First-stop shops offering information, advice and advocacy to help people, irrespective of their
means, choose care for themselves or a family member

4. Local councils and voluntary organisations taking joint responsibility for tackling loneliness and isolation amongst older people

5. Carers to be treated as equal partners and experts by professionals. New specific support for
carers will be announced by the PM in spring 2008.

6. Assessments and paperwork to be streamlined so social workers are able to spend more time on the frontline and less time with their computers.

7. Co-located services, e.g. social workers based in primary health centres alongside GPs and nurses

8. A network of 'champions' in every community promoting dignity for older people

9. Inter-generational programmes bringing older and younger people together in schools, day
centres and neighbourhood housing schemes

10. New technology to be at the heart of ensuring people can remain in their own homes and live

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