October 2013

Missing the chance for outcome-based social care?

The draft Care and Support bill states that the aim of social care is to promote well-being. Its implementation will include new national eligibility criteria. The government is currently seeking views on a discussion document for National Minimum Eligibility Criteria. Unfortunately, as currently drafted, these criteria fail to fully support the aim of promoting well-being, and risk a generation of confusion in social care practice.

The problem is that the eligibility criteria are not outcome-based. They state: