PA Consulting's David Rees writes that while technology is not a complete solution, it can support those most in need
As the UK responds to COVID-19, local government’s role will be crucial. Yet this is a sector that already faces significant challenges across its diverse remit, particularly in the UK where its funding has fallen dramatically since austerity measures began in 2010.
One aspect of local government that’s critical and particularly at risk during the pandemic is social care, for which authorities have recently received an additional £1.6bn. NHSX has already recognised this challenge too and, among other things, are offering funding to companies that can find digital support solutions to help those self-isolating.
Although technology isn’t a complete solution to this pressing challenge, it can free up scarce human resource to focus on personal care and keep vulnerable adults connected.
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