The Communities and Local Government and Health Committees have launched a joint inquiry on long-term funding of adult social care to feed into the Government's forthcoming Green Paper.
The Government has confirmed its intention to present a Green Paper containing proposals to reform care and support for older people before the summer recess.
The inquiry seeks to identify funding reforms that will command broad consensus to allow progress in ensuring the long-term sustainability of both the health and care systems.
Written submissions are invited on the following areas by 7th March:
- How to fund social care sustainably for the long-term (beyond 2020), bearing in mind in particular the interdependence of the health and social care systems.
- The mechanism for reaching political and public consensus on a solution.
There have been several in-depth reports over the last decade examining the long-term funding of health and social care.
In March 2017, the Communities and Local Government Committee concluded that 'the need to find a way to fund social care for the long term has now become urgent' and recommended considering using national taxation as a new source of funding.
In April 2017, the Lords Committee on the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS concluded that reforms were needed 'as quickly as practicable' and, on the potential sources of funding for social care, recommended 'an insurance-based scheme'.
There have also been calls for the reforms to be implemented by an independent body. In November 2017, a cross-party group of MPs wrote to the Prime Minister, calling for a cross-party NHS and Care Convention.
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Written submissions to the inquiry on long-term funding of adult social care can be sent via the Commons Select Committee website. The closing date is 7th March. The Committees are expected to report in May.
Minister of State for Care
The Department of Health has also confirmed that Caroline Dinenage MP was appointed Minister of State for Care at the Department of Health and Social Care on 9th January 2018. This follows Jeremy Hunt's appointment as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on 8th January 2018.
Caroline Dinenage's role includes:
- Overseeing all aspects of adult social care, including dementia, loneliness and disabilities.
- Hospital care quality and patient safety.
- Community health services.
- Health and social care integration.