It is one of the biggest talking points of the moment, following the announcement last week of an increase in National Insurance, and now South Tyneside Council is inviting views on its own five year plan for adult social care in the borough.

With a focus on people, place and partnerships, the draft Living Better Lives Strategy (2022-2026) aims to build upon the social movement seen at the very start of the pandemic by expanding links with the community, voluntary and faith sectors as well as the housing, education and business sectors.

The Council is inviting all residents ages over 18 to have their say on this draft five-year strategy for adult social care.

The key aims of the strategy include supporting people to stay fit and well and connected to their communities, promoting early help and delaying and reducing need and ensuring there is a skilled and sustainable workforce.

The strategy says people should be given the best opportunity possible to lead healthy and independent lives, but we will only achieve this by changing the way we work, focusing on outcomes; what people want to achieve, how they want to live and working with our neighbourhoods and communities differently.

With support to families, older and vulnerable people very much at the heart of what the Council does, it is committed to giving residents the right level of support when they need it.

People are encouraged to give their views on the strategy, with consultation running until 29 October. The survey is available at and

Paper copies are available in main council buildings and can be available on request. People are encouraged to submit their views online if possible.

There are also online Zoom workshops in September and October. For details, see Eventbrite: Have your say with South Tyneside Adult Social Care.

You can also come along to one of the drop-in sessions and meet members of the Adult Social Care Team in person:

  • Thursday 30 September, 2pm to 5pm at Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre
  • Thursday 14 October, 10am to 1pm at The Word
  • Tuesday 19 October, 10am to 1pm at Hebburn Central

For more information visit: or download the document here.