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The lives we want to lead: Findings, implications and recommendations on the LGA green paper for adult social care and wellbeing

LGA consultation response

Responses to the consultation demonstrate an unequivocal view of the importance of adult social care and support. That importance is defined in different ways. Some frame social care as a moral responsibility, a hallmark of a civilised society and as an issue of human rights. Others note the role it plays in enabling people to maintain or regain their independence, with a clear linked emphasis on the ability of social care to help prevent, reduce or delay the onset of needs. A clear proportion of respondents define the importance of social care in terms of helping people enjoy the best possible quality of life, including their participation in, and contribution to, society. Some respondents noted that social care acts as a ‘universal safety net’ and others acknowledged its importance in supporting unpaid family carers. Finally, a significant number of respondents spoke of social care’s wider contribution to society, such as in economic terms and in linking to other public, private and voluntary services.

The majority of respondents also believe it is important that decisions about social care are made at the local level, recognising that a ‘one size fits all’ approach cannot work given the differences between local areas. Furthermore, respondents acknowledged the importance of democratic accountability and locally held knowledge. However, the consultation also revealed a degree of concern about a ‘postcode lottery’ of social care, with some respondents believing a local approach to social care within a framework set nationally is best.