House of Lord Committee launches social care funding inquiry

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A new inquiry into finding the best funding solution for social care has been launched by the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee.

The inquiry, which is being chaired by Rt Hon The Lord Forsyth of Drumlean, is inviting idea submissions on how the social care system can be improved.

Lord Forsyth said: “As a Committee we intend to consider the funding challenges, and how they can be overcome, in the delivery of social care in England. We will make our recommendations to Government in due course, but to inform our work we want to hear from as broad a range of people as possible.

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“If you have a view on how the social care system can be improve in England, look at our call for evidence and let us know what you think.”

The Committee is seeking answers to the following questions:

What are the funding challenges for social care in England, and how can they be overcome?

Why have successive Governments been reluctant to address challenges in the delivery of social care?

How can a sustainable funding model for social care supported by a diverse and stable market be created?

How can the cost of the provision of social care be fairly distributed?

What lessons can be learnt from elsewhere in the UK, or from other countries, in how they approach social care?

The inquiry is being carried out in the context of the seven principles of social care outlined in March 2018 by the then-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, and the Government’s Green Paper, which is expected in the autumn.

The deadline for the submission of written evidence is 9 October 2018.

Click here to find out how to submit evidence.

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