Why are you no longer providing residential care at your homes?

Devon County Council is reviewing the Accommodation Strategy for older people in Devon to examine the range of accommodation options that will be needed in the county in the future, including the role of the Council as a direct provider of services.

A system change is needed as evidenced in the Government’s policy direction towards transforming community services and integration. This view was also supported recently by the Care Minister Norman Lamb. Answering a question from a Devon MP he said that he expected all local authorities to be commissioners of care, and not providers, implying working in the same way that the NHS commissions services.

Devon County Council already purchases around 90% of the care beds we need from the independent sector.