Commissioning high quality social care is the responsibility of local government who are best placed to understand the needs of local people and communities, and how best to meet them. The Department does not collect data about local contracting arrangements.
On 15 March 2018, the Care Quality Commission published its findings following a review of health and social care services in Coventry. The review found that in general terms the health and social care system is working well to ensure it meets people’s needs. The review can be found at the following link:
Where a care provider ‘hands back’ a contract to a local authority, the authority remains responsible for meeting the needs of people who previously had services provided under the contract and for arranging replacement services.
The Department has worked with the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the Local Government Association, the care sector and other partners to produce a wide range of guidance and support about market shaping and commissioning and contingency planning.