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

IPC Director Professor Keith Moultrie contributed to a new report on adult social care funding published by the Communities and Local Government Select Committee on 31 March 2017.

The report calls on the Government to urgently review how social care is funded in the long term and to address serious threats to social care provision.  The report sets out a number of recommendations relating to monitoring of care services, care commissioning, and the care workforce.

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 on care commissioning and the care market.

The report welcomed a commitment from the government to provide an additional £2bn for social care over the next three years but noted that this falls short of the amount required to close the social care funding gap.  The Committee stated that expenditure on adult social care will need to rise as a proportion of total public expenditure and recommended an urgent review of how to fund social care in the long-term.

The report welcomed the Government’s Green Paper and recommended investigation of a range of revenue options for future provision of social care, together with consideration of the wide range of uses for which social care funding is required, including care and support, early intervention and prevention, and the training and development of care staff.

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