People living longer
‘PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE’: there’s a financial risk as to how we meet the new arrangement needs,” she said. “This is probably the biggest piece of reform I have ever seen in the whole time I have worked in social care.
“The challenge is we simply don’t know how it will manifest itself.”
While 1.6m people work in social care, and one in 10 work in health and social care services, more are needed.
She said: “We are in competition not only with children’s services but also with London. People can commute and get more money.”
The answer? Salary and changes to terms and conditions.
Committee member Noel Brown said: “We need to work with schools and get them to see [social work] as a potential career. We need to make Bucks more attractive.
“The figures are scary but we already have schemes in place, and in Chesham we are piloting schemes working with social services and the council.
“There are also clubs and groups that we encourage older people to attend, as isolation can be an issue.
“If people are part of the community they are fitter and can stay at home for longer.”
Rachel Rothero, interim service director for adult and family wellbeing, and committee member Noel Brown