Yes, there are many problems in Social Care and the funding is but one cause.
The 10 tears of austerity cuts caused untold damage to Local Authority services of which Social Care is but one, for many services are in many ways inter-related. Even though austerity cuts have been said to be no more, the grants given to local authorities by central government are still wholly insufficient causing LAs to continue to cut services, so a real tome increase in LA grants is urgently required, more than the £2.6 billion requested for that is only for children’s social care. For there is also adult social care, housing, education, public health, and many more.
The UK taxation system needs a drastic overall so that the bulk of taxation is not leveled at those who can least afford it both on an individual and commercial basis.
Some companies, especially large corporations can limit their taxable business elements by various means, offsetting losses, offsetting authorised expenses, where a company is registered and more. Perhaps profits are not the best to be considered maybe turnover.
On registration, why should this be a consideration, surely where sales are, the customer base should be a basis for calculation, but overseas sales should also not be ignored. All, both companies and individuals should be accountable to pay the taxes that are deemed to be paid and, so-called, loopholes should be minimised or removed altogether. Yes, Accountants are necessary, but not to scrutinise the systems to find loopholes, if there are loopholes why could these accountants not be consulted by the government to close loopholes before they could be used.
But funding is but one cause for the inadequacies of the social care system.
Recruitment is another for each LA should have the required number of individuals to ensure the system is run effectively and efficiently and not to overburden staff with effectively too large workloads for just looking at the number of cases allocated should not be, but the complexity of the cases should also be so readjustments to workloads is also a consideration. But there is also effective supervision and management and not exerting undue pressure to deal with these workloads, as complexity can cause time delays, especially if a social workers as many complex cases.
But trust is another factor for there is great mistrust with the public and social services, in that there is the fear of losing your children when involving social care and this is especially so when young carers are involved, children, maybe as long as 8 or in some cases even younger, for help is required at the outset and should not be left until there is the very serious crisis stage. Social care should be there to help families and not to punish families, which, unfortunately is a well-known belief in many families and in many instances with great justification.
Schools should not be just seen as a means of education, but part of the family, as during the school term children will be at school for nearly as long as they are with their families, as should be areas of the health services. It should be tat all are part of the same time with families, education, and health and more all working together to ensure everything is working well and not be looked at ‘silos’ in which each is separate and there is no or little working together. But again is the funding there to ensure all that is required is there.
So, no family should be deemed to be in ‘poverty’ so benefits are so important that there is sufficiency to ensure poverty is at least minimised and ideally never materialises.
But health and social care also need to be properly and sufficiently funded and not having to scrimp and save to try to ensure funding is there. Services should not be having to fit the funding, but the funding should be to fit the services. each service should be looked at to find what funding is required and then the funding granted. But to do so, a real account of what are the needs has to be there, and not, which is currently so, only assess the needs which have a chance of being funded, for needs are needs whether they can be funded now or not. So because of restricting need there is no true understanding of what the full costs of services are and this is in education, housing, social care, health and many more. It is not wishing to live above our means, but a true refection of what is actually required.
Needs lead not finance lead, as safeguarding is there in every respect and lack of finance increases the risk of increasing safeguarding concerns. It is so much more cost effective to be proactive than only being reactive, for if we are not what is the point of life.
Source: Care system: Help families before they reach crisis, urges review – BBC News