The Care Act 2014: Easier Said Than Done

DL – Care Act April15

The Care Act 2014 is an important and difficult piece of legislation. The intention of the act is to give service users a choice over their care service provision. It also shifts the responsibility for care service provision from the public sector to individual service users.
So how is this working out? Well, as part of the Care Act, public sector bodies are expected to produce market position statements for the services they procure. This is a new procedure and consultations are taking place to determine what the statements will cover and the procedures that will take place.
Newcastle City Council, to take one example, is consulting about its draft Market Position Statement for information and advice, and advocacy. The document has already been drafted, presumably, by council staff.
This raises the question whether other public sector bodies will adopt the same old assumptive approach? Or will they take their communities seriously and carry out a genuine consultation?