Not enough action being taken to support prevention says British Red Cross
Prevention in action, a new report from British Red Cross, claims that local authorities are struggling to meet their obligations to prevent, reduce, or delay the need for care, as set out in the Care Act 2014.
The report notes some positive examples of practice, but not enough to make it likely that the required changes will happen by the government deadline of 2020. It highlights inconsistencies in local authorities’ definition of ‘prevention’ as set out in the Care Act 2014, and a lack of clarity in how to deliver practical measures to prevent, reduce or delay the need for care and support.
The Care Act 2014 places a duty on local authorities to ensure that preventative services are available locally, as well as promoting the integration of health and social care. However, reducing budgets means that spend on prevention has gone down, and may affect the ability to deliver Care Act 2014 requirements.