Peo­ple liv­ing longer

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‘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

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