Lords committee urges Chancellor to end social care reform delays


The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has called on the government to end social care reform delays.

In a letter to Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, the committee highlights the desperate need of the social care sector for help and the recommendations of its 2019 report, ‘Social care funding, time to end a national scandal’.

The letter from Lord Forsyth of Drumlean, Chair of the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, states: “The urgent and tragic circumstances affecting the sector have magnified the differences between the NHS and social care. Moreover, they demonstrate that there can be no justification for any more delay to putting social care on a sustainable footing; both for those who rely on it and for those who serve it.”

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In his evidence to the committee last week, the Chancellor cited the absence of a consensus over funding as a significant barrier to reform, along with its expense.

Lord Forsyth responds: “Our report, and the evidence that underpins it, demonstrates that that consensus does exist, and that it is acknowledged by all sides that any system that is fit for purpose will entail significant expenditure.”

The committee’s report made a series of recommendations, including the introduction of free personal care to help align social care with NHS entitlement, with people in care homes still paying for their accommodation.

Lord Forsyth said the move, which would cost £7bn, according to the Health Foundation and the King’s Fund, was only £2bn more expensive than the government’s 2017 ‘cap and floor’ proposal.

The report says additional social care funding should come from general taxation and be distributed to local authorities according to a fair funding formula.

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  1. Great approach from Lord Forsyth of Drumlean, Chair of the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, which would not have been done, if those who wish to abolish the House of Lords had succeeded.

    However, the Government still have to act on the letter.

    As Social Care reform was ready in 2015, but was delayed to April 2020, who knows what they will do.

    But, no action is not an option, has the sustainability of Social Care is of paramount importance, not just for persons in need of care, their families, care workers and service providers, but to relieve some pressures on the NHS. For if Social Care was to be substantially reduced, not only wold this cause safeguarding concerns, but the pressures on the NHS would be tremendous.

    Support for Social Care is an urgent requirement, please support the Petition, ‘Solve the crisis in Social Care’,

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