Prime Minister Theresa May has told a Parliament Select Committee that funding is not the only solution to the social care crisis.
The Prime Minister was giving evidence this week to the Liaison Committee on health and social care spending.
She said: “It is wrong to assume that the only solution in social care is about funding. There is a medium term job to be done in terms of the delivery of social care. In the long term, we are looking at how we are going to develop a sustainable social care sector for the future.”
The Prime Minister was speaking following the government’s announcement last week that it was allowing local authorities to bring forward social care spending through the social care precept (see NEWSFLASH: Mixed response to social precept changes).
In further evidence, the Prime Minister highlighted parts of the country where the number of people accessing social care was actually on the rise, citing Coventry, Darlington, Derby, Doncaster and Dudley as examples.
She accepted that there were pressures on social care but said a solution needed to involve social care reform.
She added minsters were increasingly taking a combined approach to addressing health and social care issues.