With a new government and a changing agenda around social care unfolding in light of manifesto pledges, Brexit and responding to a massive deficit will always be influential in decisions around UK social care and government policy. The latest spring budget was welcomed by the adult social care sector, with new funding of £2bn announced over three years. However, the overriding sentiment coming from the sector was that time was of the essence, and all opportunities must be ‘seized’ and taken forward with speed and efficiency. According to David Pearson writing in CommunityCare.co.uk this funding is a very welcome, but short-term measure, and a longer-term, sustainable strategy needs to be identified. Pearson says that “good care can transform lives” and that is surely what we must all be aiming for in society.
However, it would seem that with little resource as Brexit takes absolute centre stage Paul Burstow, writing in the Guardian, acknowledges the need for a long term solution, and stresses that the social care agenda really cannot take a backseat. He emphasises the need for ‘a transformation in care’. The absolute necessity to be more data driven, and how this is key to moving towards more ‘predictive, anticipatory care models that reduce the demand for costly crisis care’. He does also note the importance of the housing sector in the social care strategy. With greater stimulation of the private and housing association sectors to build more later life housing, this could help to alleviate some areas of concern and release some of the £850bn of assets reported to be held by over 65s in the UK today. A positive move that would benefit the social care and private sectors and help to deliver on any future government to develop a long-term solution.