Thankful for the court’s decision, but is Croydon alone in these areas, I so doubt it.
Also, was it that Croydon didn’t understand the requirements of the Care Act 2014, knew them but decided to not abide by them, or was so short of finance that they took a chance they could get aways with it.
Perhaps a mixture of all and may be some more.
Many, if not all Local Authorities, (LAs) are so short of finance, due to Tory austerity cuts in 2010, that they are having to cut many essential services and LAs are shouldering the blame for these cuts, when the real problem is the Tory governments since 2010. While initially social care was not affected to as much degree as some other service with some LAs, due to the ongoing and more substantial cuts imposed over the years, social care had to shoulder their degree of cuts. This then making social care being provided to many being far short of what is required and to some no social care at all.
As we can see, this has and is severely causing many problems within social care and much suffering and lack of care for persons in need of care and creating much stress and concerns with their families as well.
Families do as much as they can and then even more, thus causing their own health’s to suffer.
In the last few years this has been causing much more demand on the NHS and further increase the crisis in the NHS, so not only major crisis in social care, but also in the NHS.
This government and all future governments have to ensure that funding for social care and the NHS is at least sufficient and then sustainable. To not do so will lead to the eventual complete disintegration of social care and so to much of the NHS.
Perhaps this is what all Tories are wishing for and then they can bring in full privatisation and the complete demise of the NHS and social care.
Will Labour be any better, well I so doubt so.
Source: Why council was found to have breached Care Act needs duty after panel cut indicative budget – Community Care