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Norman Lamb: older volunteers could ease pressure on social care

"If people want to do it, say you have two or three local authorities who believe the benefits are there, what tends to happen is that the complications fall away.”










Ruth Hardy

The Guardian

8 October 2014



PA Consulting Group’s Steve Carefull, an adult social care expert, is quoted in an article in the Guardian. The article provides a summary of a panel discussion that Steve participated in, alongside government minister Normal Lamb, at the Liberal Democrat party conference in Glasgow. The article looks at the challenges facing adult social care and considered whether responsibility for supporting older people lies with the state or the individual.

Commenting on state support, Steve says that the “safety net” provided by the welfare state should be set “at a level that is going to deliver the kind of results that you want for the people who are living alone and who have no alternative”. He added that care should be provided regardless of age and should be dictated by need. Steve points out: “You can be quite frail at 65; you can be in robust health at 100.”

The discussion also focused on the need for more preventive action and an audience member pointed out that falls prevention help is usually given after a person has had a fall. Steve suggested that until there is a “sensible allocation of resources” there will always be counter-productive outcomes because the organisation spending the money and the one making the savings are often not joined-up.

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