Care England calls for action on social care funding

Professor Martin Green.

Care England CEO Martin Green has called on the Government to provide a sustainable future for social care funding.

Martin’s comments follow his submission of evidence to a joint inquiry by the Health Select Committee and the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee into the long term funding of adult social care.

“After much frustration with the lack of action, this is not the time to regurgitate the past, but rather to embrace the urgency of the present moment and for Government to put in place lasting reforms that will support a sustainable health and care system fit for the 21st Century,” Martin said.

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“We hope that the Government will take note of this joint inquiry; we have totted up that Care England has submitted 14 documents to the Committees on the topic over the last two years. Action not rhetoric is required.”

Care England urged the Government to fulfil its previous public commitments to introducing the Care Cap and Threshold and utilise the legislation that is ready to go.

Martin added: “Only last month the NAO recommended that the DHSC should invest more to enable commissioners to set appropriate fees for providers so that they can pay staff adequately and afford to offer career development and training opportunities.  Let Government press ahead with all the necessary partners, to provide urgent support to a sector that is struggling.”

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