Social care response submitted

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COUNCIL chiefs have submitted their response as part of a national consultation on social care reform.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s cabinet committee met recently to discuss the local authority’s official response to the Caring For Our Future Government white paper.

The response said quality should be reflected in services that are “personalized, responsive, reliable, flexible and tailored” to individual needs.

Also that personal budgets must be embedded into adult social care and that integrated services will “drive waste and duplication” out of the social care system.

A report to the meeting said it had been widely accepted that care and support in England needs to change.

Labour councillor Ged Hall, portfolio holder for adult and public health services, outlined the report.

He said quality improvement, better integrated services and early intervention were all vital adding that personalisation of budgets was important, of which Hartlepool has been a “pioneer”.

The official response came on the back of a consultation exercise with residents.

Coun Hall said: “It says a lot about Hartlepool and the excellent staff and services we have in town.

“The challenge to Government is they have to say where they are in the funding of adult social care.”

Independent councillor Hilary Thompson added: “It is good to see we are looking at the whole picture.”

Cabinet members were happy to endorse the council’s official response to the Department of Health.

In October the Government produced the Caring For Our Future paper in order to consult to get views on the best care model for the future.

Six areas have been identified; quality, personalisation, shaping local services, prevention, integration and reforming the funding of care and support.

The Government believes this is where the biggest improvements can be made.