Select Committee report on social care funding informed by contribution from IPC Director

A pre-budget report on adult social care funding has been published by the Communities and Local Government Select Committee.  The report was prepared following a number of briefing sessions with experts in the sector, including IPC Director Professor Keith Moultrie who gave evidence in October 2016 at the third oral evidence session which focused on care commissioning and the care market.

The Select Committee report sets out the need for additional funding from the improved Better Care Fund to plug the hole in social care funding in the year ahead.  The report also calls on the Government to commit to closing the funding gap for the rest of the Parliament through to 2020 and recommends that the National Audit Office (NAO) should determine the level of funding the Government will need to find for 2018-19 and 2019-20.

The Committee found that there is an urgent need for a review - ideally cross-party - of the provision and funding of social care in the long term.  This will be considered in a further report from the Adult Social Care inquiry to be published in the coming weeks.

The funding report is available on the Communities and Local Government Select Committee website and you can watch the evidence session attended by Professor Moultrie here.