A paper published by the Hallmark Foundation charity has set out six key priorities or ‘building bricks’ for the government’s Spending Review and Social Care White Paper.
The ‘Care 2030’ paper calls for action to focus on choice and control, workforce, integration, housing, technology and family carers.
Recommendations in the paper include creating an Office for Care and Ageing Well which would monitor and report unmet care needs in the UK’s ageing society and promote sustainable ways to deliver better care and prevention.
Other recommendations include a renewed drive to make direct payments work for older and disabled people using care, a focus on personal strengths and relationships, imaginative approaches to recruiting and developing care workers and future leaders, improvements in developing lifelong homes and supporting family carers, and a smooth transition from children’s care services to adult support.
The paper, which was published as the Hallmark Foundation launched its website and branding, was jointly written by journalist Jonathan Bunn and Stephen Burke, chief executive of the Hallmark Foundation.
Stephen said: “Imagine a Britain where everyone can age well, where everyone’s needs and aspirations are met and their strengths are recognised. A Britain where care and caring are valued. We know this is possible. It already happens in some places here and in other parts of the world. We believe it could and should happen for everyone wherever they live.
“The Government has raised expectations through its recent announcement of a national insurance rise to pay for tackling the health backlog following COVID-19 and ‘fixing social care’. This is an opportunity for everyone using and providing care to raise our game and push for better care. It’s also a challenge to leaders within and outside government to be bold and ambitious. The forthcoming Spending Review and White Paper are the perfect springboards to deliver better care. ‘Care 2030’ sets out key building blocks to make it happen.”
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