The fourth of the four workshops took place on Friday 2 December and brought together the seven discussion leaders and their reference group members.
The session was a valuable opportunity for attendees to share views and the insight collected to date.
Watch the films below to see what Helena Herklots – Services Director, Age UK; Councillor David Rogers – Chair of the community wellbeing board at the Local Government Association (LGA) ; and Gordon Morris – Managing Director of Commercial Services, Age UK Enterprises have to say about the engagement process and the workshops.
- The ambition and vision to make care and support for carers and anyone who needs support personal to the individual has never been more important
- More needs to be done to increase people’s experience of care and support
Key themes emerging
- If we want to give people choice and control over their lives then getting access to independent advice is at the heart of this
- How do we enable people to get a better sense of what to plan for the future
- There are a lot of similarities between themes coming out of the individual priorities workstream
- the Dilnot Commission provides the building blocks for developing a fairer care and support system.
- We have an ageing society with more and more people growing to an older age
- The demand for social care is growing year on year
- We need to completely change the way we think about social care issues
- We need to think about what the right balance is between what is funded by the state and what is funded by individuals
- We need to look at a system that brings in the important voluntary role of families and unpaid carers
- People from lots of different backgrounds have been involved in this process and in the Future Forum. This method of working and involving a larger cross section of people will be an important way of working in the future.
Key things to have emerged that are essential to making this work:
- Clarity around information and advice
- Making it clear to people what the future costs of care are likely to involve
- From a financial services point of view we want to provide a range of products and services meet the cost of this care.