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Adult Social Care Reform White Paper – the housing implications 09/12/2021 Labelled as Legislation, Tenants

On Wednesday 1 December, the Government published its adult social care reform white paper, which sets out its ten-year vision to improve adult social care and provides information on funding proposals that will be implemented over the next few years.


The Prime Minister had previously announced a £5.4billion health & care levy for reform of the adult social care system and at the Autumn Spending Review 2021 it was confirmed that £1.7 billion of this funding would be for major improvements across the adult social care system.


The white paper published on 1 December, "People at the heart of care: Adult social care reform", sets out further details on how this money will be spent to begin to transform the adult social care system in England, including new investments in:


  • housing and home adaptations
  • technology and digitisation
  • workforce training and wellbeing support
  • support for unpaid carers and better information & advice
  • innovation & improvement


This will include funding to improve physical, digital and technological infrastructure, such as supported housing and repairs and changes in people's homes, technology and digitisation, such as acoustic sensors and digital care records, and training and qualifications for the adult social care workforce.

At least £300 million will be available to integrate housing into local health and care strategies, with a focus on increasing the range of new supported housing options available to provide choice of alternative housing and support options.


The white paper also promises a new practical support service to make minor repairs and changes in peoples' homes to help people remain independent and safe in their home, alongside increasing the upper limit of the Disabilities Facilities Grant for home adaptations such as stairlifts, wetrooms and home technologies.


The white paper "People at the heart of care: Adult social care reform" is available to download on the government website. 


ARCH Policy Adviser Matthew Warburton has produced an ARCH Policy Briefing on the housing implications of the white paper.


The Government promises to work with local authorities, housing providers and others to agree how to target new investment in housing and to design new Innovative Models of Care Programme that will support local places to bring proven innovations from the margins to the mainstream.


The Government will be consulting on the detail of the changes to the upper limit for the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) and say they will be working with partners across the Housing Sector and wider to better understand the opportunities to drive more choice for older peoples' housing.  

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