The Government’s Green Paper on social care will be published by the summer of 2018, First Secretary Damian Green has announced.
The paper will set out how the Government plans to improve care and support for older people and tackle the challenge of an ageing population.
The First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office said: “An ageing population needs a long-term solution for care, but building a sustainable support system will require some big decisions.
“In developing the Green Paper, it is right that we take the time needed to debate the many complex issues and listen to the perspectives of experts and care users, to build consensus around reforms which can succeed.”
Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, added: “We are committed to reforming social care to ensure we can guarantee everyone dignity and security in old age. It is important we consider a wide variety of views on the future of the social care system – as our ageing population continues to grow it is absolutely vital that we get this right.”
The Government said it had begun the consultation process with stakeholders on the reforms that will be included in the Green Paper.
Care England CEO Martin Green told Care Home Professional: “The Green Paper needs to have some clear proposals that are long term and position the care sector for the future.”
Avnish Goyal, Managing Director of Hallmark Care Homes, told us: “This is a long, long process. To me it’s just another delay tactic. The challenge politically is: who knows who is going to be in power? The moment there is a change of power it could be kicked into the long grass again. I am not holding my breath.”