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Preventive Medicine: Social Services

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the increase in the provision of preventative social care services. (206584)

The Department published a concordat, “Putting People First: A shared vision and commitment to the transformation of adult social care”, in December last year, which recognises that prevention is one key element of the transformation agenda. Copies of the publication are available in the Library. The concordat sets out the cross-sector commitment to personalising public services and aims to support all councils to transform their adult social care systems by moving away from intervention at the point of crisis towards early intervention and prevention, focused on promoting independence and improved wellbeing. We are extracting and disseminating early lessons learnt from the Partnerships for Older People Projects programme and related initiatives to support the transformation programme.

It is for councils to determine the allocation of their resources in their area depending on local needs and priorities. This Government has made unprecedented investments in care and support, including a 45 per cent. real terms increase in local Government funding since we took office up to 2010-11.