Health Select Committee and Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee's Joint Inquiry on 'long-term funding of adult social care'

Document type
Consultation
Corporate author(s)
Reform
Publisher
Reform
Date of publication
22 March 2018
Subject(s)
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Social Policy, Older Adults, Employment
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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With a rapidly ageing population, agreeing a solution on how to fund adult social care sustainably for the long term is arguably the most important domestic policy issue facing the UK.

This paper proposes a fundamental reform to adult social care funding over the long-term, replacing the current method of direct taxation to financing care with a pre-funded solution, which will cover the care costs of the contributors. If implemented successfully this would break the intergenerational funding link that risks one generation funding the care needs of a disproportionately large cohort and fails to receive similar contributions to those that it made on behalf of preceding generations.

Complex issues, particularly those lasting beyond a single parliament, may be deferred endlessly to future parliaments. Accordingly a debate about the best mechanism for addressing political and public consensus on a solution for long-term funding of social care is welcome. One option which might be considered in such a debate is an independent body which provides guidance and advice to Parliament about complex and contentious issues such as long-term care funding.

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