Devolution and social care in Queen’s Speech

There were also new bills proposed on building safety, the environment, serious violence, sentencing, the NHS, health service safety investigations, broadband and trade, while the Domestic Abuse Bill was carried forward from the last parliament.

The Queen’s Speech also committed to ensuring that all young people have an excellent education. But there was no mention of the urgent challenges facing children’s social care services.

With no new devolution deals agreed in the past two years, LGA Chairman Cllr James Jamieson said councils would want to work with government on how to reignite the process. He added: “It is encouraging that the Queen’s Speech has signalled a renewed energy in favour of English devolution. Taking decisions over how to run local services closer to where people live is key to improving them and saving money.”

The promise of a White Paper on adult social care comes after the LGA published its own green paper last year.

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “The Government’s proposals on the future of adult social care need to be substantive and must be brought forward as soon as possible. We know what the issues are – now is the time for answers.”

Responding to plans for a Building Safety Bill, Lord Porter, the LGA’s Building Safety Spokesman, said: “Reform of our broken building safety system cannot come soon enough.

“The new system must be properly funded, and residents have to be able to raise concerns and know they will be listened to.”

  •  Chancellor Sajid Javid has announced he will deliver his first Budget on 6 November, subject to progress on Brexit, which was on-going as first went to press. The LGA will be making a submission on behalf of members, by the 30 October deadline. Please help us by emailing your council’s submission to LGfinance@local.gov.uk
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