Social care – Government action
UK Government actions
- In July 2020, the UK Government delayed implementation of the new liberty protection safeguards for England and Wales to April 2022.
- In June 2020, the UK Government established an expert Social Care Task Force to provide strategic direction on social care during the coronavirus pandemic and to help reduce the spread of the infection.
- In May 2020, the UK Government launched its Coronavirus: care home support package, alongside a £600 million Infection Control Fund, given to local authorities in England and ring-fenced for social care.
- In April 2020, the UK Government published the COVID-19: Our Action Plan for Adult Social Care, which detailed measures to stop the spread of the infection, increase the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and improve access to health and end-of-life care in England.
- In April 2020, the UK Government introduced regulations which temporarily changed the legal obligations that English local authorities owe to children in care.
- In March 2020, the UK Government published the COVID-19: ethical framework for adult social care, which provides guidance on ethical considerations for local authorities and adult social care professionals planning their response to the pandemic.
- In March 2020, the UK Government provided £1.6 billion additional funding to local authorities in England to help them respond to coronavirus pressures, including increasing support for the adult social care workforce.
- In March 2020, the UK Parliament passed the Coronavirus Act (2020), emergency laws that introduced a number of significant time-limited changes, including in relation to statutory obligations and delivery of adult social care in England and Wales; and children’s care in England.
- In May 2019, the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act was passed, which introduced a new model for authorising deprivations of liberty to better protect the rights of people in England and Wales who lack capacity to make decisions about their care and treatment: the liberty protection safeguards.
- In April 2017, the Children and Social Work Act introduced changes to local authority duties on looked-after children, local safeguarding arrangements, and the regulation of children’s social workers.
Read our assessment of the UK Government’s progress on social care.
Welsh Government actions
Social care is devolved to the Welsh Government.
- In June 2020, the Welsh Government legislated for the creation of a new independent Citizens Voice Body, which will come into effect in spring 2022 and will represent the views of the public across health and social care.
- In April 2020, the Welsh Government announced £40 million funding to support the adult social care sector to meet the additional costs of the pandemic, including basic PPE, food and staff costs.
- In February 2018, the Dementia Action Plan for Wales 2018-22 was published.
- In 2017, the Welsh Government introduced the Integrated Care Fund, which extended and replaced the coverage of the previous Intermediate Care Fund to older people, children and adults with complex needs, people with learning disabilities, and an integrated Autism Service.
- In April 2018, the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016 came into force, establishing a regulatory system that is in line with the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.
- In 2016, a National outcomes framework for social services was launched to report on progress against measures in the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 on the wellbeing of people who need care and support and of carers who need support.
Read our assessment of the Welsh Government’s progress on social care.
The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 15/09/2020