Should the Green Paper show councils the red card?
With the grand design for next generation social care due to be unveiled soon, BOB FERGUSON contemplates the end of local authority control
As you may have noticed, our political masters have been trying to draw us into a debate to help them plan the future of adult social care. I imagine you talked of little else over the Christmas turkey. Naturally, they could still ignore what we say. They do have form for listening without hearing: the Blair government, you’ll recall, asked a Royal Commission to dream up ways of sharing the costs of long-term care between public funds and individuals, then promptly dumped most of them.
Older lags will be able to hark back to the end of the 1980s (newcomers