Sector could be more involved in social care

Katherine Demopoulos

The voluntary sector is set to take a greater role in delivering adult social care.

Last week's Green Paper, Independence, Well-Being and Choice, acknowledged "there needs to be more strategic engagement with the voluntary sector by the relevant public sector commissioning authorities".

Nick Aldridge, head of policy at chief executives' body Acevo, said the insecurity of contracts with local authorities must be addressed if the paper's good intentions are to be realised.

While welcoming the Green Paper's emphasis on giving individuals freedom to pick their own care needs, he also warned that complications arising from this could cause problems for service providers.

Disability charity Leonard Cheshire said in a statement it was "encouraged by the importance the Green Paper places on giving disabled people independence and greater choice when choosing and managing the social care services they receive".

Victor Adebowale, chief executive of social care charity Turning Point, said the paper had "the potential to transform the care and support people can access.

"By providing connected care we can make the different services really work for the individual."

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