This briefing explores what a fair and sustainable funding settlement for social care needs to look like in order to deliver parity of esteem for mental health and sufficient funding to support people of working age as well as those in later life.
It reviews the current funding and provision of mental health social work for people of working age in England and finds that mental health social work has a vital role in helping people to live independently and to secure their rights and dignity. Local authorities also support carers and commission advocacy services, including for people subject to the Mental Health Act.
The briefing concludes that a sustainable solution for social care funding needs to recognise the importance of mental health social work. Local authorities provide vital services to people with mental health difficulties that need to be resourced properly and long-term.