Former health secretary chairs social care funding inquiry


The Health and Social Care Committee has opened an inquiry into the gap in social care funding and workforce shortages.

The committee, chaired by former health secretary Jeremy Hunt, is seeking evidence to establish what impact the current social care funding situation is having on the NHS and how much money is needed in each of the next five years to address this.

As reported in AMP’s sister publication, Home Care Insight, MPs will also consider shortages in the social care workforce and what solutions need to be found to address changes in the years ahead.

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Jeremy Hunt MP said: “This longstanding crisis comes with a huge cost to families and individuals who can’t get the social care they need. But it affects us all when a lack of availability prevents people leaving hospital, contributing to increased pressure on the NHS.

“We’ll be establishing an agreed figure that represents the extra funding that’s needed in each of the next five years in order to fix this.

“As well extra money, we’ll be examining solutions to tackle staffing shortages in social care that would be responsive to workforce changes.”

Ahead of tomorrow’s Budget, the Local Government Association (LGA) has published research which shows that adult social care services face a funding gap of almost £4bn by 2025, just to cover basic inflationary and demographic pressures.

“This makes up almost two thirds of the overall funding gap which councils face by the middle of the decade to pay for local services, due to rising cost pressures and unprecedented demand,” said Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board.

“The Government has the opportunity to take forward the proposals in our new report on the future of care, as it begins talks to build a cross-party consensus on the future of this vital service.

“We at the LGA are happy to host these talks and play our part in finding a sustainable, long-term solution for adult social care.”

The Health and Social Care Committee has invited evidence from the public, organisations and others with “relevant expertise” to submit evidence on the terms of reference.

More information on how to get involved with an inquiry and submit evidence can be found here. The deadline for submissions is April 14, 2020.

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