Decision details

Trailblazer Programme - future arrangements

Decision Maker: Corporate Director of Health and Adult Services

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To review future arrangements for the Trailblazer Programme in light of the announcement by the Department of Health and Social Care that the programme is to be paused.


The Corporate Director for Health and Adult Services in consultation with the Corporate Director Strategic Resources and Executive Member for Health and Adult Services noted the formal ending of the Trailblazer Programme. It was agreed that some work which began as part of the project will continue where appropriate, and within existing budgets, to ensure that lessons learned during our participation can help to deliver value for money in service provision.

Reasons for the decision:

In 2021, the government published proposals to change how much people would have to pay for social care. North Yorkshire had agreed to be one of six “Trailblazers” for the new proposals and has been working with those other councils and the DHSC to look at the impact of the proposals.

On 17 November 2022, as part of the Autumn Statement, the government announced that it was delaying the implementation of the changes for at least two years.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has subsequently formally stood down the Trailblazer project. Funding allocated to NYCC as a Trailblazer in 2022/23 will not have to be returned but there will be no further allocations for now.

Alternative options considered:


Publication date: 14/03/2023

Date of decision: 10/03/2023

Effective from: 20/03/2023