‘Time is running out for social care,’ Care England says

Professor Martin Green OBE

Care England has submitted evidence to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee’s inquire into social care funding.

The largest representative body ensures care services are commissioned fairly, efficiently and on a properly funded basis, to meet the true costs of providing quality care.

Professor Martin Green OBE, chief executive of Care England said: “Time is running out for social care.

“Inadequate short-term injections of care to either bail out councils as they limp from one crisis to the next, or to temporarily prop up the NHS during winter pressures do not address the deep-rooted inherent problems of the current system.

“The section needs to be able to plan and invest for the long term.”

The Economic Affairs Committee, chaired by Rt Hon Lord Forsyth of Drumlean, will focus its inquiry on the challenges faced by the social care system in England.

The Committee aims to assess the effectiveness of different funding models, the shortfalls in delivery and make recommendations on how future social care demands can be met in England.

“The stronger the understanding of the interdependencies of social care with the NHS, the stronger the chances of progress being made to create a sustainable care system,” said Professor Green.

A Care England survey in 2017 noted 45% of providers are projecting to take on less Local Authority placements over the next three years due to low rates being paid by councils.

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