Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee and Health and Social Care Committee joint inquiry submission: Long term funding of adult social care inquiry
Key messages from our submission include:
- Adult social care services are facing increasing pressure from a combination of an ageing population increasingly complex care needs, rising costs, increased demand, shrinking budgets and staff shortages.
- The NHS and social care are working together to address these pressures, but integration is not a panacea, social care needs to be properly funded to ensure people are cared for in the right setting. To do otherwise is to lessen people’s independence and experience of care, and to exacerbate cost pressures across health and social care.
- NHS Providers believes that the decision on how to fund – while it should be reached through engagement, consultation and consensus – is ultimately the responsibility of the Government. While commissioned locally, social care is a public service to be delivered according to need and the basis of its funding policy is set nationally.
- We welcome the joint inquiry which is a step in the right direction along with the Green Paper on social care for older people.