The Government has launched new guidance and financial allocations for local authorities in England for implementing the social care charging reforms from October 2023. These are:
- the Government response to the chapter of the consultation on the charging reforms and statutory guidance, which covers guidance on ‘supporting local preparation’
- revised guidance on ‘supporting local preparation’
- allocations for financial year 2022 to 2023 charging reform implementation funding
- early assessment and trailblazer support funding grant determination 2022 to 2023
The Government's response to the consultation on the charging reforms and statutory guidance on local preparation identified four key themes from the responses to the consultation - the implementation timescale, the funding, workforce capacity and communications. You can read the Government response to the key themes here Charging reform: government response to the consultation on 'supporting local preparation' guidance.
The Government has fully updated Chapter 23 of the Care Act 2014 Statutory Guidance. This provides guidance to support local authorities with preparing for the introduction of adult social care charging reform, which will be introduced from October 2023. It covers:
- summary of the charging reform
- understanding the likely demand
- carrying out early assessments
- system requirements
- workforce capacity requirements
You can read the full guidance here: Care and support statutory guidance.
The Government has released the allocations charging reform implementation funding for local authorities for 2022/2023. This support funding is intended to support local authorities to begin planning and preparations for charging reform. This is primarily to support local authorities undertake recruitment activities for assessment staff and ensure that they have dedicated internal resource to prepare to upgrade local IT systems to include care account functionality. To see the guidance and funding allocations visit Adult social care charging reform: implementation support funding grant determination 2022 to 2023.
The early assessment and trailblazer support funding grant determination 2022 to 2023 allocates funding to the five trailblazer authorities - the City of Wolverhampton Council, the London Borough of Newham, Cheshire East Council, Blackpool Council and North Yorkshire County Council - who will implement the government’s reforms to the adult social care charging system nine months earlier than other local authorities.
This funding will help trailblazer authorities fund the costs associated with implementing charging reform to an accelerated timeframe, and to enable trailblazer authorities to conduct additional needs and financial assessments of their local population. To read more visit Adult social care charging reform: early assessment and trailblazer support funding grant determination 2022 to 2023.