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Social policy review 27Analysis and debate in social policy, 2015$
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Zoë Irving, Zoë Irving, Menno Fenger, and John Hudson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447322771

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447322771.001.0001

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‘The end of local government as we know it’ – what next for adult social care?

‘The end of local government as we know it’ – what next for adult social care?

(p.73) Four ‘The end of local government as we know it’ – what next for adult social care?
Social policy review 27

Jon Glasby

Policy Press

Under the Coalition government (2010-), local authorities have suffered such massive funding cuts that one Council leader has described the situation as ‘the end of local government as we know it.’ While Councils have tried hard to protect their social care spending as best they can, this has inevitably led to significant financial challenges and to social care leaders struggling to make ends meet. All this comes on the back of new responsibilities under the Care Act, changing demographics and policy pressures to develop more personalised services and to integrate care more fully with the NHS. While both personalisation and joint working with partners might be part of a longer-term solution, pursuing both goals at a time of austerity is incredibly difficult – and both agendas are arguably being implemented in less than optimal ways. Taking stock of these developments, this chapter looks at recent changes in adult social care and argues that even more fundamental reform will be necessary in future.

Keywords:   adult social care, joint working, personalisation, long-term care, Care Act, NHS

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