Social Care White Paper: SCIE statement

01 December 2021

In welcoming the Government's Social Care White Paper, Kathryn Smith, Chief Executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence, says:

The proposals are consistent with the agenda of valuing people and supporting them to live the best lives they can. Ideas like the Innovative Models of Care Programme offer genuine scope for transforming people's experience of care in the future.

Kathryn Smith continues:

The White Paper's framework for change responds to the long-term trend towards more care at home and in the community. Particularly for older people, we know from our own survey research that the public prefer to remain living at home or in their communities if they require social care.

SCIE's Kathryn Smith also says:

We were pleased to see housing and care prominently featured in the White Paper. We believe that no decision about care and support should be made without considering where people live. Research findings are included in SCIE's recent report, A Place We Can Call Home.

Kathryn Smith concludes:

On top of the urgent need to stabilise the current social care system, the Government must commit to a sustained investment to deliver the reforms in the White Paper. Realising the White Paper's ambition will also require a steadfast and a long-term Government commitment to co-production, with people who draw on care, their carers and local communities playing a central role. Stimulating innovation and testing new models of care also means an ongoing collaboration with the social care sector. We look forward to working in partnership with Government to develop the White Paper's proposals further.

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