ADULT SOCIAL CARE REFORM BLASTED AS ‘INADEQUATE’ FOR THE ISLE OF WIGHT

Councillor Karl Love

The government’s new investment in adult social care announced by the Prime Minister last week has been slammed as inadequate for the Isle of Wight.

Cllr Karl Love, the cabinet member for adult social care, said it would not go anywhere near fixing the Island’s problem, falling well below what was expected, and may make the situation worse.

In recent weeks, the Island has continued to suffer a care crisis, with a lack of staff to fulfil roles, resulting in 1 provider advising those it cared for it would no longer be able to provide service.

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To try and help the national crisis, prime minister Boris Johnson outlined a shake-up of adult social care, including the way it was funded, which will also help pay for a post-COVID catch-up programme for the NHS.

Social care is paid for through local authorities but with a hike in National Insurance, which will be branded in coming years as a health and social care levy, the government hopes to earn £5.4billion over 3 years specifically earmarked for social care in England, with £500million for workforce training.

While the government pledges councils will have access to adequate funds to meet their demands, Cllr Love said while it was a step in the right direction, he was gobsmacked at what was proposed.

Speaking at the council’s cabinet meeting last week, Cllr Love said it would still leave the council in a position where the adult social care budget would need to be cut next year.

Cllr Chris Jarman, the cabinet member for strategic finance, corporate resources and transformational change, expressed his personal enormous dissatisfaction with what was announced. He said the ramifications of the reforms would echo for quite some time, having a significant impact on the authority and create additional risks.

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Highlighting some of the areas of concern, Cllr Jarman said there would be no new money for existing services and cost caps would have additional implications and burdens for the council. He said:

“We will be in a position of assuming greater risks, greater costs, greater management with very minimal ability to offset that in any way.”

Cllr Jarman was also concerned, looking at the demographic here, the Island may be disproportionality impacted negatively by the reforms.

Trying to solve the problems COVID has brought the NHS, including dealing with the backlog of medical surgery and other missed appointments, £16 billion nationally has been pencilled, by the government, to go to NHS England over 3 years.

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However, Cllr Love said the government failed to recognise how adult social care works in tandem with the NHS.

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Edgar-of-9
Edgar-of-9
4 days ago

An explanation of what the problem is would be good, all that has been said is that the councillors aren’t happy with the reforms. Why?

Mmmm
Mmmm
4 days ago

Unless you’ve been living in a cave or underground since 2010, don’t really know how you can be ‘gobsmacked’ by this new Tory policy. I’m surprised that people expect something different.

justme
justme
4 days ago

If this isn’t good enough reason for the IW council to seek exceptional circumstances in housing needs from the government, what is?

Nina
Nina
4 days ago

I’ve worked in the field and can tell it’s disgusting the attitudes and education is appalling. A total lack in emotional support from management down. Many many HCA’s drink heavily and mindlessly go about their duties detached from their client.
What do we expect having strangers look after the most vulnerable at minimum wage with e learning. It’s disgusting how society looks at low wage jobs, management consider them as lowly workers who will take any amount of abuse to keep their job.

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
Reply to  Nina
4 days ago

don’t care then – get another job

JamJar
JamJar
4 days ago

Council tax has risen to pay for Social Care, NI about to. How much more money do they need from us. I get we have high elderly population but it’s not just that group that comes under the umbrella, where does our money go

Robert Hampton
Robert Hampton
3 days ago

Money goes on managers and administrators.

CLIVE COUTER
CLIVE COUTER
3 days ago

Part of the problem in this country re social care is unlike other countries, family does not “muck in” to look after their parents (as opposed to here where one person bears the brunt because they live nearer blah blah), and when inheritance is in any way earmarked for the cost of their care, there’s a furore often from the very people who wash their hands of their parents care in the first place, and stupid dementia tax catchphrases. Don’t want to do it, don’t want to pay for it, what’s in-between?

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