A meeting with Norman Lamb
08/10/2014 Leave a comment
The week before last at the LGA Community Wellbeing Board it started with a workshop session in the morning and the formal board meeting in the afternoon. First up was Norman Lamb MP, Minister of State for Care Services, talking about all things social care and the slow road to integration.
Much is written about this journey and along with his predecessor Paul Bristow MP between them and taking on-board the least controversial aspect of Andrew Lansley’s NHS reforms namely Health and Well Being Boards, between them this government has done more to travel along the journey of making a National Wellness service that the previous 13 years of labour mismanagement of government.
We discussed at length the Care Act Implementation and the cost modelling to date which indicated that we need additional monies as it places additional burdens over and above the modest sums the government is providing. But hey an age old issue, Nations Policy implementation lack of money provided to provide but with the added pageant of the cuts agenda at Suffolk and across the county the very sustainability of local government is now beginning to be a real discussion.